Walton's Manchester City Delight
As fans will be aware, on loan Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Christian Walton had special reason to celebrate this week as he kept Manchester City's talents at bay during their clash in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday evening.
Our Academy graduate kept a clean sheet and pulled off a number of fine saves in the narrow and late one nil victory over Pep Guardiola's side and yesterday the Official Site tapped him for his thoughts on the game, and the youngster had to admit it was 'the best night' of his career so far.
The 22 year old explained.
'It was probably the best night of my life in football. On the night, the manager prepared us well and we stuck to our game plan and stayed solid throughout the 90 minutes. Just before halftime they got the lad sent off which made the game a bit heated, but that gave us a boost for the second half.'
Walton went on to say.
'It was massively psychological - the manager said before the game 'they`re just normal human beings that are very talented footballers.` They obviously worked us hard and made sure we had to concentrate for the full game, because if you lose a little bit of concentration, they can punish you. I thought we were good on that side of the game and it was a great platform to show how well we`ve done this season, in front of the millions watching on TV.'
With Manchester City having over 80% of the possession in the game, they struggled to break down Wigan's resilient defence and when they did get through Walton had an answer for them on every occasion.
'Talking to the back four was the main thing for me last night, it can keep you in the game. They had unbelievable amounts of pressure, so it was extremely important to remain focused. It was nice to make the save just before half-time from Aguero to keep it at 0-0. The resulting corner then got headed out and Delph got sent off from the resulting tackle. It was a little bit surreal but it`s something that you just have to embrace and enjoy. It`s the level that I want to play at, and I want to test myself against those types of players. These cup competitions are brilliant for things like that, and it`s all part of the loan experience really.'
With Wigan already overcoming West Ham United and Bournemouth in the competition, City is clearly the cherry on top and now they face Southampton in the quarter finals and home soil advantage could be a bonus once more.
Walton is confident moving forward.
'We`ve kept two clean sheets against Premier League opposition in the FA Cup and obviously beat Bournemouth over two games. I think Southampton will be there for the taking. We need to beat Rochdale at home on Saturday and then hopefully win the next few, as that will give us massive confidence going into the Southampton game.'