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18 March 2018

Stopper starred in defeat to the Premier League Saints, saving a second-half penalty and pulling off a string of fine saves.

  • WATCH: Christian Walton on Latics’ Emirates FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Southampton
  • Walton saved second-half Manolo Gabbiadini penalty and pulled off a number of great saves
  • Walton: “We have had a fantastic cup run, unfortunately it finished today but the boys can take massive credit.”

Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Christian Walton says Latics should take great heart from their Emirates FA Cup run in the 2017-18 season, despite defeat on Sunday in the quarter-final against Southampton.

Walton starred for Latics once more, saving a Manolo Gabbiadini penalty and pulling off a number of fine saves as Paul Cook’s side once again impressed in front of the nation.

Reflecting post-match with iFollow Latics, Walton said:

“We have had a fantastic cup run, unfortunately it finished today but the boys can take massive credit.

“It has been a great experience for me and all of the other lads to play against some top, top Premier League teams. We have matched them in most of the games we have played – it has been really good.

“It is what I want to be doing [playing at a high level] so I need to test myself and to come up with the goods was nice – it was good to make a few saves.

“I thought we were excellent; we played on the front foot from the first whistle and I thought Southampton were struggling. If we had nicked a goal in the first-half, it would have been all to play for, going into the second-half.

“It was unlucky that we didn’t get that goal but, if we had, it would have been a different game.

“It was unfortunate at the end, it didn’t really sit right for Hunty, but it was a great performance from all of the lads and we can take massive confidence from that into Wednesday night at Walsall.”

With promotion from Sky Bet League One always the priority, Walton says Latics must take confidence from their run in the Emirates FA Cup.

“I don’t think we take any disappointment from today,” Walton continued. “I think we just need to take the confidence into Wednesday night because, ultimately, getting out of League One is the most important thing.”

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