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WALTON TOP OF THE CLASS

26 October 2018

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Christian Walton has kept the most clean sheets so far this season across England's top four tiers.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Christian Walton is thriving during his second loan spell at Wigan Athletic. 

Ahead of this weekend’s game with Sheffield United at Brammal Lane, no goalkeeper has kept more clean sheets in 2018 across all four tiers than the Albion stopper, and he spoke buoyantly about his time at the DW Stadium.

He said, “It’s gone really well so far – we had a very good start to the season, but the way that the Sky Bet Championship is, we always knew that we’d lose a couple too. 

“In this league it’s tough but we’ve had some good team performances, especially at home, and I’ve had my fair share of good performances too, so it’s been a nice return.

“Oliver Norwood is someone I know well for them this weekend and he has done really well there since he joined – he’s a great technical player and a big player for the side. 

“They’re a good team and they play the game in the right way, so it’ll be a big match for us and hopefully one in which we can get a good result.”

The Latics occupy 12th position ahead of the weekend, and the on-loan Albion stopper insists that the settled nature of the side has been key to their positive start to the campaign back in England’s second tier. 

“Not much has changed around the place since we got promoted – the manager didn’t want it to and he wanted to keep change to a minimum. 

“We’ve welcomed in a few new signings, but it wasn’t a massive turnover and we still have the nucleus of players from last season. 

“That helps a lot because we’ve been able to continue our momentum from last season to keep our success going on the pitch.”

After winning the Sky Bet League One title with 98 points last season, Paul Cook’s side are unbeaten on home soil so far this term in all competitions, and Walton looked optimistically ahead to what he believes the team can achieve this campaign.

“It’s hard to set a goal as a promoted team, and if you look across the EFL from last year I don’t think a newly-promoted team went back down. 

“The ultimate goal has to be to stay in the division, but you only have to look at the start we’ve made to see that we can achieve higher. 

“We believe the top six is our goal now – we want to be in and around that group of sides come the end of the season.

“If we can manage that then we’ve done unbelievably well but there’s a long way to go this year and we just need to keep picking up results to see where it takes us.”


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