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Walton’s Development Process

20 August 2015

In this week’s press conference, David Flitcroft has further backed his number one, Christian Walton and his performances so far in a Bury shirt.

After a slight hiccup on Tuesday night against Fleetwood Town for the second goal, Shakers Manager, David Flitcroft spoke of his admiration for the England U20 international and has no doubt he will come back more confident;

“He’ll learn about himself a lot. It was an easy take for Christian’s standard, but he’s not done it. However, his recovery after that and the way he’s kicked the ball, passed the ball and the way he’s come out for three or four really important takes after that, again just shows you he’s the type of keeper we want to work with.

“He’s already had game time elsewhere where he’s got rid of mistakes and how to deal with those in a pressurised situation. It doesn’t matter whether there’s only 4,000 fans in, what’s at stake is a dressing room and a football club that are really driving forward to get points on the board. When you’re in a U21’s team, them points sometimes are where development is more important. But, developing alongside consequence and accountability is the reason he’s here. 

The season-long loanee from Brighton & Hove Albion has a brilliant setup in Carrington and Gigg Lane to continue to learn his trade under the watchful eye of Goalkeeper Coach, Ian Willcock and the rest of Flitcroft’s management team.

He explained; “I’ve worked with Jack Butland and Tom Heaton, who are exactly the same, they do make mistakes at the end of the day, it’s part of their learning process. Where they end up after that is a real brilliant place, but they have to come out and they have to do the work.

“Let’s not forget he’s only 19, I have to remind myself that we’ve got a young keeper here who’s going to get better and better the more he plays, the more he learns and the more we support him.

The gaffer’s last point of ‘support’ is a key theme if the teenager has any chance of coming back a stronger character after his excellent performances between the posts throughout pre-season and the early part of the SkyBet League One season;

“That includes our supporters of this club too, they’re a massive part of us developing players at Bury Football Club. The power of forgiveness is a really powerful tool to have and hopefully Bury fans, certainly myself and my staff can do that.

“You don’t need support from people when everything goes right, no one gives you ‘a leg up’, no one gives you an ‘arm around the shoulder’ or a ‘cuddle’. But Christian will get that from every single person at the football club after a slight setback.”

Watch this week’s full pre-match press conference with the Gaffer on Shakers PlayerHD tomorrow (Friday 21st August) morning.

Article by Michael Brown

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