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GETTING TO KNOW: CHRISTIAN WALTON

8 October 2018

Christian Walton is the latest Latics star to answer your social media questions.

  • Christian Walton tells us his favourite Latics moment and his goalkeeping heroes.
  • Brighton & Hove Albion loanee faces your questions from social media.
  • Christian Walton is our latest Getting to Know You guest on Latics Listen.

Currently in his second year at the DW Stadium on loan from Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion, goalkeeper Christian Walton recently made his 100th career appearance against Swansea City, earning his 25th Latics clean sheet in the process.

We sat down with the 21-year-old at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre to pose your questions for episode 10 of Latics Listen.

Hear his answers from 26:00 below, or read an excerpt from the interview.

What time do you start and finish on a normal day in work? - Craig Fillingham

"During the week we're in for 9.00am for breakfast and then training at 10.30am. As a goalkeeping group we're out a little bit earlier at 10.00am and everyone else is free to do some gym work beforehand.

"We'll have some lunch after training and people will get treatment if they need it, then we usually have a gym session in the afternoon.

"On a game day I usually get up at around 9.00am to have as much of a lie in as possible. I'll have my own pre-match meal at home and then get to the stadium for around 1.00pm for a home game.

"Post-match varies depending on if I've got family up for the weekend, but I'll usually go out for some food and just relax.

"On the evening games we've got the whole day to wait for the match and I don't really like sitting in the house all day so I'll go out for a coffee in the morning and keep myself occupied. I don't like being stuck at home because you can over think things, so it's good to get your mind off the game for a little bit during the morning."

When did you first get into goalkeeping and have you played in any other positions? - Thomas Smart

"I've always been a goalkeeper. I was always the biggest lad growing up so I always went in goal.

"I started when I was seven-years-old, played local football for three years and then at 10 I started at Plymouth Argyle's academy and I was there until I was 17.

"I used to follow Petr Cech and Edwin van der Sar. My local team was Plymouth and they had Romain Larrieu at the time, so he was my idol growing up. I used to be a season ticket holder at Plymouth and I used to go to every game, so he was one I used to look up to and I became good friends with him when I got into the club on a full time basis. It was great to have a role model like that at the club."

Who would you say is the best goalkeeper in the world right now?

"For me it's Thibaut Courtois. He's consistent and rarely makes mistakes. David De Gea and Manuel Neuer are in that bracket with him, but my main choice would be Courtois."

What's the best save you've ever made?

"I'll have to go with the penalty save against Southampton because of the stage it was on in the quarter final of the FA Cup.

"I had a strong feeling he was going to try and put it to my left and I went with my gut instinct.

"As soon as he started his run up I was determined to get an early dive off to get full stretch."

Where do you see yourself in the future? - Joe Bird

"In the short term I want to play as many games as possible for Wigan Athletic and help the team do as well as possible. Long term I've got a long contract at Brighton, so the aim has to be to get into their first team and play Premier League football."

What's your favourite Latics game?

"It's got to be the Man City game. It was an unbelievable evening and one that will live long in my memory.

"My save early on from Sergio Aguero really sticks out. For Griggy's goal I'll never forget looking at the clock and it was going slower and slower as the game was going on."

What's been your favourite away match?

"Getting promoted at Doncaster last season, but I enjoyed Stoke away this season as well.

"We had 4,000+ fans at Doncaster and won the league, but I quite enjoyed the Blackburn game at Ewood Park last season as well. We were 2-0 down and the fans got behind us and pulled us through to help us draw 2-2 in the end."


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