Reds’ Simon says he’ll be spot on under the pressure

Crawley Town V York City - Simon Walton scores from the penalty spot (Pic by Joe Rigby) SUS-150211-091852008
Crawley Town V York City - Simon Walton scores from the penalty spot (Pic by Joe Rigby) SUS-150211-091852008

Simon Walton is happy to try and continue to be spot on for Crawley and says he feels no pressure from 12 yards.

The combative midfielder has netted 20 penalties in his career starting back in the 2006/07 season in the Championship with Ipswich Town.

He has missed just two from the spot in that time in competitive games and was first to put his hand up to follow on from former penalty taker Izale McLeod leaving Crawley at the start of the season.

The former Leeds United man has taken on the duty for Stevenage, Hartlepool and Plymouth Argyle.

He was keen to step up to the plate in pre-season and although he admits after missing against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Checkatrade.com Stadium in a friendly way back in July, he was happy to dispel any question marks.

And that’s exactly what he did last month as he netted three times from spot kicks to help Reds to three crucial wins.

Walton, speaking ahead of netting his fourth of the season against Northampton on Tuesday night, said: “I think my record is 19 in 20, or 20 in 21, not including the one I missed in pre-season, it’s something that I have always done or always taken upon myself.

“Always as a penalty taker, I think the odds are always in your favour, but also it’s not as easy as it looks. It’s something I have always done so long may it continue.

“The previous penalty taker left so there was a bit of a debate and obviously missing one in my first or second game didn’t help my argument, but since then people have taken it on board that I am not bad at them.

“As long as I keep putting them in, I am sure everyone else is happy.”

And the experienced defensive midfielder knows goals from everywhere are vital as Reds push up the table.

He saw just over a handful of team-mates make the score sheet last season as he and former club Stevenage made the League Two play-offs.

Walton added: “It’s nice to get off the mark especially as they all came in wins. It’s obviously nice to chip in and it takes pressure off your two strikers, when other players are chipping in.

“Gwion (Edwards) started the season scoring goals and I think it was only Roarie (Deacon) that was near him, but at the minute we have goals in this team.

“It was a worry at the start of the season as we hadn’t scored at home for a few games a people were a bit edgy, but we always knew once we clicked, we had the attacking ability to score goals in this league.

“It’s always good when it’s not just one person. I got to the play-offs last year in a team last year when the highest goal scorer had eight goals, when you share the goals out it’s more effective for the team, instead of relying on just one or two people.”

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