Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 8°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Sam Walker ‘does what he says on the tin’

15:10 27 March 2013

U

U's keeper Sam Walker makes another reaction save during the second half at Bury in the U's last outing

PAGEPIX LTD 07976 935738

COLCHESTER United were in a real mess, when Sam Walker first arrived at the club towards the end of January.

shares

The U’s had slipped from the top half of the table, into the relegation zone, in less than three months.

But the arrival of giant keeper Walker, on loan for the rest of the season from Chelsea, has had a massive impact on the U’s now much-improved chances of avoiding the drop.

The U’s have won six of the 12 games that Walker has featured, and accumulated 20 points from a possible 36 – that is not relegation form! It is mid-table, at worst.

No wonder, then, that U’s boss Joe Dunne has been quick to praise Walker, in the build-up to Good Friday’s home fixture against promotion-chasing Bournemouth.

“Sam does what he says on the tin,” insisted Dunne.

“He’s dominant in his area, which is something we needed, that physical change, even though Mark (Cousins) did well when he played.

“Sam’s acquitted himself well, coming from a Premier League club. And it’s the right moment for him, because although he had done a couple of loans before, he was young then.

“Of course he’s still young, but he’s now already played about 70 odd games, and so is just a season away from reaching 100, at the age of just 21.

“The timing was right for us to take him. So far its worked well, and Chelsea have monitored him all the time.”

The U’s last outing, a 2-1 win at Bury last Saturday week, was Walker’s 71st career league game, having also played on loan for Barnet, Northampton, Yeovil and Bristol Rovers.

shares

0 comments

Luke Varney scored a last-minute winner in last Saturday's 3-2 home victory against MK Dons. This season he has made four starts and 16 sub appearances.   Picture: Steve Waller        www.stephenwaller.com

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says striker Luke Varney will be released at the end of the season, but that Kevin Foley may get a new deal.

Mick McCarthy

Chris Brammer reports back from Ipswich Town’s final pre-match press conference of the season, where he spoke to manager Mick McCarthy and captain Luke Chambers.

Jay Tabb

Mick McCarthy has praised midfielder Jay Tabb’s selflessness and professionalism after confirming that the midfielder will be released in the summer.

Adam McDonnell drags a first half chance wide on his debut

Midfielder Adam McDonnell will start Ipswich Town’s clash with Derby County on Saturday.

Portman Road

Ipswich Town have announced they will be extending their ‘Early Bird’ season ticket rates until 3pm on Monday, July 18.

The Ipswich Town forward line of Roy

Experts up and down the land are hailing Leicester City’s extraordinary triumph as the greatest against-all-odds achievement in the history of English football. But is it?

Brett Pitman is all smiles after scoring Towns second goal to take them 2-1 up in the Ipswich Town v Milton Keynes Dons (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 30 April 2016.      
Picture: Steve Waller       
www.stephenwaller.com

Ipswich Town are set to reveal their new kits for the 2016/17 season on Friday.

Andre Dozzell tries to send this ball towards goal in the first half of the Ipswich Town v Fulham (Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 19 April 2016.      
Picture: Steve Waller       
www.stephenwaller.com

Ipswich Town youngsters Andre Dozzell and Ben Morris have been confirmed in the England Under 17 squad for this month’s European Championship.

Leicester City fans hold up a 'Champions' scarf in the stands after the final whistle during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester.

Leicester City’s remarkable footballing fairytale should give hope to clubs up and down the land – including Ipswich Town.

Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski at Middlesbrough with another good performance

Goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski has added the Players’ Player of the Year award to his trophy cabinet, having already picked up the supporters’ prize.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24