Following his return to the team against Bolton Wanderers last time out, Christian Walton explains why the 'GK union' as Latics is such a strong, tight knit group.
- Match Day Programme - Christian Walton feature interview.
- Walton explains the bond between the goalkeepers at Latics.
- Christian returned in Latics' derby day victory against Bolton Wanderers last time out.
After earning his place back in the starting XI against Bolton Wanderers last time out, goalkeeper Christian Walton says he’s determined to remain as Latics’ number one and insists the unity within the group of goalkeepers is was pushes him to succeed.
You can catch the full interview with Christian in Saturday's match day programme against Brentford FC, or listen to the chat on episode 31 of our podcast, Latics Listen.
Jamie Jones has been between the sticks since January and with you coming back in now, how much does it show the standard of competition for the gloves?
“Jamie did really well and nobody expected any different because of how well he did when I was injured last season.
“It’s full credit to Jamie and as much as I was disappointed not to play, I was pleased for him and for the team because he turned in some very good performances to help us collect some much-needed points.
“We’ve got a great group of goalkeepers and we drive each other on to succeed. Me, Jamie, Owen Evans and Dan Lavercombe work every day with Nick Colgan. He makes sure we’re bang on it as individuals and as a group so that we push each other to improve.
“Owen and Dan spend a lot of time in the gym working on techniques to improve physically and me and Jamie get the benefit of playing first team games.
“I love being part of this group and Nick Colgan drives us every day by putting on tough sessions to prepare us for the weekend.”
Nick Colgan seems to be a key reason behind the goalkeepers’ enjoyment of training, what would you put that down to?
“Nick scours through the hours of opposition footage and bases training around the way other teams play, so we know how meticulous and bang on it the sessions are going to be.
“For example, when you play a team like Rotherham, we’ll work on high and flat balls into the box because Nick has researched and recognised their corner kicks and long throw ins.
“The great thing about Nick is that he is constantly striving to improve as a coach, just as we are as keepers. He uses cameras to help us analyse, but also to look at where his sessions are going right and where they need tweaking. That level of detail is helping to improve us as keepers.”