Interview : Chris Weale : 31/03/2009
Chris Weale talked to the BBC following the 1-0 win over Northampton Town
Chris Weale
Chris Weale
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On loan goalkeeper Chris Weale talked to BBC local radio reporter Rob Scanlon after he had kept a third clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Northampton Town on March 31st 2009.

RS: Chris, that was your third clean sheet in a row. It's getting easy isn't it?

CW: No, I thought that collectively we were fanastic today as a team. The back four were superb and we played some good football today as well. We maybe should have won by a more convincing margin, but it was a result and it's two wins on the trot. But the whole team was magnificent and I thought everyone worked really hard and put in their shift today.

RS: Three points is always a huge plus and when you move five places up the league it is a massive psychological boost.

CW: Yes it is, but we need to keep pushing on now. Just because we're out of the relegation zone, we can't relax and we've got to push on. We'll hopefully do the same at Stockport now.

RS: There's a lot of very decent teams down there fighting, like Brighton and of course Northampton who showed flashes of danger tonight.

CW: Yes, although we don't need to worry about them. All we need to worry about is ourselves on Saturday and getting a result at Stockport and then pushing on for the next game. So we don't need to worry about them because it is in our own hands, and hopefully we can get a result on Saturday.

RS: You were quite busy in patches today. There was one that hit the post, whilst there were a couple of smart saves towards the end, one of which I think the Northampton fans thought was in and certainly some of their players did.

CW: It was about concentration really. I've got to say thank you to the goalkeeping coach Len Bond, because I think he has been excellent with me, from when I was here previously, but now he is outstanding. He keeps talking to me and keeps me concentrating and it has been a pleasure working with him. So I just want to say thank you to him. It was mainly about concentration today, along with the one save at the end.

RS: Is that what he has been working on fundamentally - concentration and stuff like that?

CW: Well as a goalkeeper you always need to be switched on. Always. You might need to make a save in the first minute or you might need to make a save in the last minute, but you always will need to make a save at sometime during the game. You just have to be ready for it when it comes.

RS: You've got a strong backline as well and I noticed you applauding them on numerous occasions. Lee Peltier is really showing his maturity now.

CW: Yes, but all four of them were outstanding today. I thought Forbesy had a great game, because Akinfenwa is a tough player to play against. I was very impressed with Forbesy and throughout the time that I've been here I've been impressed with the back four. They are pacey, they're quick and they're strong. So hopefully we can continue getting clean sheets along the way.

RS: Northampton were a big threat from set plays, most notably from Danny Jackman, who is left-footed and it's always difficult when it is swirling in towards the goal line.

CW: Yes, we knew that before the game and we knew we shouldn't give away free kicks in dangerous areas. We did, but luckily we got away with it. We got lucky with one of them and obviously they hit the post twice, but today it was in our favour. On other days it might not go for us, but today it went for us.

RS: You've got a few days training now, ahead of a tough trip to Stockport. They hammered Yeovil 5-0 earlier in the season but they've got a slightly different team under Jim Gannon because their form has faltered quite a lot.

CW: Yes, I have to say I haven't looked at Stockport too much because I've been concentrating on reviewing this game before moving onto Stockport maybe tomorrow. But it will be a tough game up there and it will be my first away game. Playing at home is obviously easier sometimes, but with an away game it would be nice to keep a clean sheet up there and get a result.

RS: You're back at the club that you love, and obviously after three clean sheets, the fans are going to demand that you stay here for longer. But it's still a one month loan as far as you see it?

CW: Yes, that's out of my hands to be honest. I'm really pleased to be playing and it's really good after having had a hard time at Bristol City in terms of not playing, and being injured and then sitting on the bench. It's nice to hear your name sung again. You do believe in your own ability and you keep believing in that ability all the time, but that just makes all the hard work more rewarding really. You're in the gym and you're doing all your little extra bits and pieces whilst waiting for your chance and you know that it will come and you'll take it when it comes. But it is nice to hear your name being sung, so I just want to say thanks to the fans and I hope that it can continue.

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