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Christian keen to keep the clean sheets coming

Walton has now kept three successive shut-outs at Ewood Park

18 September 2019

Christian Walton was delighted to keep another clean sheet on Saturday – his fourth in Rovers’ last five league fixtures.

Walton had a relatively untroubled afternoon, as Rovers returned from the international break with a 2-0 victory over Milwall.

“It was brilliant,” said Walton, when reflecting on Saturday’s result.

“We obviously had a longer build-up into that game over the international period, so that allowed us to work on different things going into the game and it was really good to pick up the three points.

“Looking at this month, I think we need to pick up as many points as we can. We need to go into all of the games wanting to win and being fully prepared like we were on Saturday.”

One of six summer signings, the new goalkeeper believes he has found his feet quickly at Rovers, having arrived on a season-long loan from Premier League side Brighton.

Walton admits it will take time for the team to gel fully, but is encouraged by the early signs.

He also heaped praise on the players in front of him for the successful run of shut-outs, which he hopes can continue over the coming weeks.

“Like anything, it’s going to take time,” he added.

“There’s quite a few new lads and we changed formation at the weekend. The manager knows what he wants to do, but because we’ve got so many quality players it’s a case of fitting them all in.

“Saturday showed that we’re able to adapt into a different formation and win games, and most importantly we’re keeping clean sheets, so moving forward it’s positive.

“I think the secret to our success is just each player knowing and doing their role. I feel like I’ve got a good relationship with the back four and the two midfielders in front.

“They’ve been magnificent in the first seven games. There were a few little individual errors at West Brom, but that’s going to happen throughout the season.

“Putting in a good performance on Saturday was really positive. The defenders in front of me showed that they want to defend and want to keep those clean sheets.

“I think it’s quite a solid group, there’s lots of quality within the team and hopefully we can keep as many as possible going forward.

“I’ve played a lot of games in the Football League and I’m a more experienced goalkeeper than I was. It’s my sixth loan, so I know now how to adapt into a new team environment. I knew a few of the lads here anyway, so it’s not taken me that long to settle in.”


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