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WATCH: CHRISTIAN WALTON ON WIGAN ATHLETIC’S 1-0 DEFEAT AT QUEENS PARK RANGERS

25 August 2018

Latics goalkeeper says there is frustration at the manner in which his side conceded their opener at QPR but equally offers a sense of perspective after the opening month of the campaign.

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  • Walton: “It’s a mistake, the referees can’t get it right every time. It’s disappointing that’s the goal that’s won them the game.”

Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Christian Walton spoke to iFollow Latics after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Queens Park Rangers.

Walton, who enjoyed his first clean sheet of the campaign at Stoke City on Wednesday night, says Latics are frustrated in the manner in which they conceded their opener at Loftus Road, in which it seemed Chey Dunkley was pushed before Tomer Hemed scored the game’s only goal.

“Obviously it is a poor goal that we have conceded really,” Walton said. “The ref will look back and know he’s made a mistake, but that’s life, everyone makes mistakes. We had the rest of the game to try and take it to them. We created a few chances, but nothing clear-cut.

“It’s a mistake, they can’t get it right every time. It’s disappointing that’s the goal that’s won them the game.

“We just go again next Saturday and against Rotherham at home and put in a good performance with a full week build-up and we’ll be ready for that.”

Walton says Paul Cook’s side are continuously learning about the challenges they face in the Sky Bet Championship but says they must take a step back and be content with the start they have had in the first month of this campaign.

“It’s a tough division,” Walton added. “We bossed League One last year and I thought we had a great year. Stepping up to the Championship we may have dropped a few points where we could’ve won games. Last week conceding in the last minute, Villa conceding in the 90th minute.

“That’s the Championship though and learning how to hold onto games, but take nothing away from us, we’ve had a great week.

“Dominating Forest and then putting three past Stoke is a great effort by the whole team.

“We were disappointed today. We weren’t at it like Wednesday but that’s Championship football for you, you can’t be at it every single game. We go again though with a strong performance against Rotherham.”

On losing to QPR, who were pointless going into Saturday’s game, Walton added:

“In these games away from home, against a side that have struggled in the opening few games the first goal is massive. 

“If we’d scored I think we put the game to bed, but they’ve got it and it’s a bit of food for them to hold onto for the rest of the game and they held onto it well, to be fair.

“We’ve got 40-odd games to go. It’s about learning from these kinds of games and moving on as quick as we can.

“I think we’ve put on a great show so far for the fans, but it’s a great effort from them to come today, and they were out in their numbers on Wednesday night and we put on a great performance.

“There’s nothing for them to be disappointed with, we’ve put in every bit of effort we can for these games and the lads have put in a terrific shift.”

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