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Chris Weale, Leicester City
Leicester City may be out of one competition but they still have 19 cup finals to play. That's the view of goalkeeper Chris Weale after …
Leicester City may be out of one competition but they still have 19 cup finals to play.
That’s the view of goalkeeper Chris Weale after Tuesday’s battling display at Manchester City.
The Premier League giants prevailed 4-2 in the FA Cup third-round replay but Weale was encouraged by the display.
“Yes, it was disappointing to lose,” said the 28-year-old. “I felt we gave it a very good go, we didn’t crumble and we can take a lot of positives from it.
“I know it is a cliche but the league is more important. We have 19 games left, and they’re going to like 19 cup finals. Every game in the Championship is a massive game.
“We all want to play in the Premier League, and there is no reason why we can’t make the play-offs. It is easier said than done and we need to make sure we knuckle down, starting with Millwall on Saturday.
“They are a decent side and their striker (Steve Morison) is on fire at the moment. It will be tough but we’re looking forward to it, will be full of full of confidence and, hopefully, get a good three points.”
Weale joined City in the summer of 2009 and was a virtual ever-present under then manager Nigel Pearson.
An injury at Burnley in August sidelined him for six weeks before he resumed duties against Hull in mid-October. But he faced stiff competition to keep the shirt when England international Chris Kirkland was signed on loan.
Kirkland kept him out for three games last month, but Weale is again first choice and made crucial saves in the FA Cup clashes with Manchester and at Preston last Saturday.
He said: “It is nice to hear people say you’ve played well but it’s just opinion and I won’t get carried away by it.
“Whether I keep my place is for the manager to decide. All I’m interested in is my own performances. If people like them then I play, if they don’t then I won’t play.”
Weale has had the same back four in front of him for the last three games and believes good understandings are developing.
“We’re looking very strong at the back,” he said. “Sol Bamba has come in, he reads the game well, is very strong and very athletic. He’s a joy to play with.
“I think Sol and Jack Hobbs are becoming a very good partnership and, hopefully, it will continue on Saturday.”
Thirty-eight years of hurt never stopped me dreaming . . . April 1974 was my first FA Cup exit, listening on a fading Radio Two signal as Leicester City lost 3-1 to Liverpool in the semi-final at Villa Park. Next year we’ll do it, I thought, but next year we lost to Arsenal in a fifth-round second replay at Filbert Street.
And so to Tuesday night, where a brave effort could not stop Manchester City putting us out of the FA Cup for what seems like the hundredth time.
Thirty-eight times I have set off on the Road to Wembley with City, and every single time we have stalled, broken down, or crashed. But there’s always next year . . .
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