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Christian has his eyes on a hat-trick

The Rovers goalkeeper goes in search of a third consecutive clean sheet when Cardiff City visit this weekend

22 August 2019

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Goalkeepers very, very rarely find the back of the net, so seeing Christian Walton and hat-trick in the same sentence may well raise an eyebrow.

But that's exactly what the 23-year-old stopper wants this weekend, albeit a trio of clean sheets to potentially round up a fantastic week for Rovers.

A first shut out for his new club was achieved the last time we were at home against Middlesbrough, before the Brighton & Hove Albion loanee brilliantly denied Jarrod Bowen from the spot at Hull City in midweek to ensure back-to-back clean sheets.

And he's now targeting three in a row when Cardiff City make the long trip to Ewood Park on Saturday.

"It’s key to keep as many as possible and it gives you confidence going into games knowing that defensively we’re solid," he revealed to iFollow Rovers.

“I had a few clean sheets in League One with Wigan and felt I did okay last season as well.

“I’m just looking forward to this weekend’s game now. Hopefully we can put another win together and with it another clean sheet.

“With penalties, it’s about preparing yourself. The goalkeeping coach here, Ben Benson, puts all the clips together of penalties and the takers and prepares me the best he can.

“I watched them the day of the game and it just ensures there are absolutely no excuses. It’s about making sure your fully ready and thankfully that work has paid off.

“It’s almost like a reaction save because the penalty is so close. To save one already this season is really pleasing.”

Rovers have shifted themselves up the table with two wins in the space of four days, and Walton admits there are bumps in the road in every season.

“I’ve been delighted with the two clean sheets, especially after the sticky start we had by losing the first two games," the stopper reflects.

“It’s a 46-game season and never easy, but to earn two 1-0 victories and back-to-back clean sheets is really pleasing for myself and the lads in front of me.

“I thought we were terrific at Hull, producing loads of blocks and putting bodies on the line, so let's hope we continue defending well as a team."

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