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22 April 2019

After keeping his 28th Latics clean sheet, Christian Walton shared his delight at the club's safety in the Sky Bet Championship.

  • iFollow Latics - Christian Walton post-Preston North End.
  • "I'm delighted for everyone at the club." - Walton.
  • Keeper wants Latics to carry the momentum into a second consecutive season in the Sky Bet Championship.

Speaking to iFollow Latics following our 2-0 derby day victory over Preston North End, Christian Walton couldn't hold back his delight after his side guaranteed their place in the Sky Bet Championship for the 2019-20 season.

"I'm delighted for everybody at the club," Walton began.

"Three games ago it was backs against the wall and everyone was feeling a bit down.

"To come through against Preston and with Rotherham losing, it made for a brilliant day for us as players and for the fans as well. They've had to put up with a bit this season.

"We started well and then had a sticky patch, but everyone staying together has been what's pulled us through and it proves how good a club like Wigan Athletic is."

Having experienced countless achievements at the DW Stadium in his two seasons with the club, Walton said that cementing Championship football couldn't have happned at a better place, especially after the efforts on the road on Good Friday at Elland Road.

"It's always nice to achieve something like this in front of a home crowd, but full credit to everyone who made it to Leeds on Friday because they were great throughout the 90 minutes.

"When Cedric got sent off it would have been easy for the fans to sit in their seats and not really say much for the rest of the game, but they kept singing throughout and the people who walked to the game for Joseph's Goal deserved it.

"It was a good day all round for the club on Friday, but to put another win on the board against Preston made it a great weekend."

Walton is coming to the end of his second season on loan at Latics from Brighton & Hove Albion, but he says it feels like he's almost part of the furniture now.

"It doesn't feel like I'm on loan here. I said the same last year because all the boys welcomed me in.

"I feel part of the club now. I've been here for two years and it's flown by, but some of the things we've achieved as a club will live long in my memory.

"It was good to get the win today to get us safe in the Championship and give us another year in the division.

"Nobody has it plain sailing in their career. We're mainly all new to the division and we always knew it was going to be tough.

"We got off to a good start, so it changed opinions on us as a team and expectations around the place.

"It's a tough division, but it's been a good year for everyone and for the club to have another go at it next year will be really good progress.

"We don't want to just rest now, we want to finish the season on a high and take the momentum from this year into next year like we did last season."

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