Weale's the real deal for Turner

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Chris Weale pulled off some great saves against Walsall

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Chris Weale pulled off some great saves against Walsall

Shrewsbury boss Graham Turner saluted a breathtaking performance from goalkeeper Chris Weale after they moved out of the League One relegation zone with a 1-0 victory over Walsall.

Weale, the former Leicester City number one, was in unbeatable form while at the other end a 25th-minute goal from Paul Parry sealed a third win of the season for relieved Shrewsbury.

"It's a massive win and whatever else happened we needed the three points on the board," said Turner. "Our position before the game was a bit embarrassing to be in the bottom four so it was a big three points for us."

Weale pulled off four top quality saves inside the opening 15 minutes before also denying George Bowerman from close range in the second half.

When he was finally beaten, the crossbar came to his rescue to keep out a header from Walsall skipper Andy Butler.

Turner added: "There can be no disguising the fact that in many games this season we've played well and Chris Weale has been a virtual spectator in a lot of them with very few saves to make.

"But this time it was totally different. We came under a lot of pressure and the goalkeeper displayed what we knew he could do. It was an outstanding performance from him and deserving of a clean sheet and the three points.

"You sign good goalkeepers and you expect them to make saves and that's what he did. You look back at some of the great goalkeepers of big clubs and that's what they were there for."

Walsall manager Dean Smith could hardly believe his side drew a blank in front of goal, and he said: "The only thing missing was we didn't score the goals from the chances we created and that's the only reason we lost the game.

"I'm disappointed with the result but I'm pleased it was on television so people saw what we are trying to do and how we can play. Their keeper has pulled off some fantastic saves. It was just one of those games but on another day we'll score four or five."

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