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Jack Walton on clean sheet and QPR victory

22 June 2020

Reds goalkeeper gives us his post-match thoughts following terrific victory earned in the nation's capital.

It's now 25 months since Jack Walton experienced a league defeat when keeping goal for the Reds. 

Sadly, it had been nearly 15 months since the promising young stopper had made a Barnsley appearance at all. That was until this weekend when the 22-year-old kept goal in a fantastic 1-0 victory at QPR.

Jack was pleased to finally get a chance again to show what he can do between the sticks.

"I've had to be patient," he told us. 

"It's not been easy, I've never really had an opportunity this season. But I've kept working hard on the training ground which is all you can do at the end of the day. 

"I've kept pushing the other lads, and now I've been given my chance and hopefully I can keep my spot in the team for next weekend."

In terms of the game, Walton had little of note to do, but was on hand to make a fine save late in the fixture when he denied Jordan Hugill one-on-one. 

"At the end of the day, I came out and did what I needed to do. It's my job to make those kind of saves. 

"It helps when you've got good players in front of you and I thought the lads were a solid unit throughout and with the early goal, it gave us something to defend."

With eight games left and the gap to safety narrowed by the win at Loftus Road, Walton reckons it's about maintaining belief and taking added confidence into what he describes as 'eight finals', starting at Oakwell this coming weekend.

"We've given ourselves a chance. It's the start we were after. But there are another eight finals in front of us and at the end of the day, it's a tough division so we have to have the right mindset as soon as we get out there on the day.

"We'll keep plugging away and hopefully get ourselves up the table."

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