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18 January 2018

On loan Brighton stopper fully focused on the task in hand against former club Plymouth as he looks to equal a Latics record for consecutive clean sheets.

  • Christian Walton previews Latics’ trip to his former club Plymouth Argyle.
  • On loan Brighton & Hove Albion keeper one clean sheet away from equaling John Filan’s record.
  • Walton has kept nine clean sheets in his 12 appearances for Latics.

Latics head to Plymouth Argyle unbeaten in nine Sky Bet League One matches and on a run of seven straight clean sheets, just one behind the club’s EFL record of eight shut outs in a row during the 2002-2003 Division Two title winning campaign.

John Filan was the man between the sticks that season, and looking to equal the Australian keeper’s record is Christian Walton, a stopper who has already kept nine clean sheets for Latics in just 12 appearances.

Speaking to iFollow Latics ahead of the trip to his former club Plymouth on Saturday, the 22-year-old Brighton & Hove Albion loanee said:

“I’m really looking forward to it.  We’re on a good run at the moment, especially defensively with the clean sheets we’ve had.

“I’m not feeling any pressure, obviously it’s been nice to keep so many clean sheets, but it’s not just me, it’s down to the whole team.

“It would be nice to equal the record, but it won’t be on my mind during the game at all and it’s not going to change my performance.

“It’s a good stat to have at the minute and that’s what us goalkeepers like to take from the games. If you’ve got a clean sheet then you’re doing something right.

“We’ve had a busy Christmas period and we did well through some tough fixtures, so it’s very much the same case of taking every game as it comes and not looking too far ahead.”

Walton began his career at Home Park as a trainee in the Pilgrims’ academy, before returning to the club during the 2015-2016 season on loan.

Speaking about his time with Argyle, Walton continued:

“I had a great time there and it gave me a great grounding. It’s set me in good stead for my loan experiences and all walks of football. It’s going to be a really good day to go back and I’m really looking forward to it.

“All of my family and friends will be there, it’s a home game for them really with me being here so far up the country from Plymouth.”

Appreciating the effort Latics’ travelling supporters are putting in to make the 570-mile round trip, Walton added:

“The away support has been great. It’s a long old trip down to Plymouth so to hear there will be a few hundred following us is a good boost.

“We appreciate how our fans get behind us on away games because it can be really tough at some place.”

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