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Jonas Salley reveals Shaanxi fans give team a huge boost

Former Adelaide United midfielder Jonas Salley is enjoying his time in China with Shaanxi Chanba and even more so after a solid 1-0 victory against Beijing Guoan on the weekend. The Ivorian-born Australian citizen commented on how the fans at Shaanxi's Coca-Cola Stadium help get them up in close matches.

"It was a great feeling for my teammates and I (beating Beijing), playing and winning in front of them (fans)," Salley told tribalfootball.com.

"The noise they make from the first to the last minute of the game is such a big boost for us."

Salley said he is enjoying his role, a very similar one to what he has always played.

"(I am playing) the same role as usual (defensive midfield). I had clear instructions from the coach about their number 10 (Honduran Emil Martinez), because he was the most dangerous guy on the pitch during their Champions League match."

After a good win over a highly rated Beijing side, Shaanxi remained in touch with the top half of the table and Salley believes the team can climb further this season.

"We still believe that we can reach our goals which are to be on top or make the top four but we still have a long way to go, we have 24 games left," he added.

A major issue when players join foreign clubs is the divide of both language and culture but Salley said he is slowly adapting.

"The culture I don't find too different but the language is where the problem is because we don't speak the same language," he said.

"So it is frustrating because we don't understand each other but I am learning the basic words so I can communicate with my teammates."

Andrew Slevison
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