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4 April 2017

Christian Walton on the move to Blues and the game against Bolton...

Emergency loan goalkeeper Christian Walton says the welcome from the squad made his transition from Brighton & Hove Albion U23 goalkeeper to starting for Blues in a crucial game at the top of Sky Bet League One relatively easy.

Injury to Ted Smith at the end of last week, and with Mark Oxley already sidelined, meant Blues were forced to bring another stopper in on a seven day loan at the eleventh hour before Saturday’s game against Oldham Athletic.

At only 21-years-old, it says a lot that he was able to come in at such short notice without knowing his team mates, let alone his defenders, and keep a clean however Walton said it was down to support from everyone in the camp.

“It was quite easy to be honest because the boys were really good with me,” said Walton.

“They welcomed me into the group really well and made it an easy transition for me.

“The main thing for me was to go out there and show what I can do and be as confident and assured as I can.”

Walton had been on loan at Luton earlier on in the season, making 33 appearances, but got recalled due to an injury to the Seagulls’ number two.

He explained how the move to Blues came about.

“It was a good week in the end, getting the three points and a clean sheet, but the build-up to it was quite weird really.

“I got the call on Thursday afternoon and I got an inkling that I might be coming to Southend. 

“I wasn’t 100 per cent sure on that and then it was confirmed on Friday after training, so I drove up Friday afternoon and then met the boys at 11.30 on Saturday morning, so it was a really quick turnaround.

“To get the call from Southend United, it was a no-brainer, so I jumped at the chance to come here.”

On tonight’s game, highly-rated goalkeeper is hoping for more of the same.

“Saturday was a good start for me and hopefully I can carry that on into Tuesday night.

“It’s going to be really tough game obviously. They’re second in the division, are a really big club and have got a lot of good players.

“The run thought that Southend have been on over the last few weeks has been terrific so we just need to carry on from what we did on Saturday.”

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