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10 February 2022

"It shows we are defending from the front and getting pressure higher up the pitch"

Christian Walton emphasised the importance of the team in front of him after securing his second successive shut-out at Doncaster on Tuesday night.

Back-to-back 1-0 victories in League One have taken Town's run to three clean sheets in their last five outings, with Christian starting in each of those games. 

Since the turn of the year, the Blues have conceded just four goals, a record that has helped them to pick up five wins from a possible seven in 2022 so far.

"I think you’ve got to pride yourself on clean sheets," the 'keeper told the Club website.

"The two top teams in the league will usually have the most clean sheets, and it’s massive because it gives us a platform to go up the other end and win the game. It shows we are defending from the front and getting pressure higher up the pitch.

"It’s almost two months since the manager has been here, and it’s good that we have implemented our style on games so quickly; you can see that from the possession stats. We’ve got a style of play that will hurt teams."

The back three of Janoi Donacien, Luke Woolfenden and George Edmundson have been unchanged for the last nine matches.

"It’s good to see the same sort of faces in front of you every week, just so you get on the same wavelength," Christian continued.

"With the same players, you create a relationship and have a positive influence on each other. We obviously have depth and competition for those places, but it’s nice to have the consistency in front of you.

"They know I’m there and that I’ll be communicating; I’m going to be behind them and sweeping high, which helps us keep momentum in games and keeps attacking plays recycling through me. We are playing a higher line and more attacking football."

Club captain Sam Morsy is back available for Kieran McKenna's side for this weekend's trip to MK Dons, having served the final match of a four-game ban in midweek.

Christian added: "He’s a massive player for us and having your captain back is a big part. I've mentioned squad depth before, and it’s great that we have players able to step in when required. The lads that have played in the middle have done really well in those fixtures."

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