Walters set to be fined for celebration

JON WALTERS has revealed the reason why his bizarre goal celebration against Derby County will cost him a fine.

Derek Davis

JON WALTERS has revealed the reason why his bizarre goal celebration against Derby County will cost him a fine.

The Blues striker was delighted to bang in his third goal of the season, but first in 10 games, and threw himself to the ground in front of the North Sand and did a Catherine Wheel style spin while lying on his side and making a silly sound.

Walters said: “It was something from Soccer AM.

“They said they would pay £10 for anyone that did it so it will probably go into the fine pot.”

Strike partner Pablo Counago was equally delighted at scoring but gave a more sedate celebration by briefly putting his thumb in his mouth like a baby as a gesture to his young son.

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Walters' drought ended with the simplest of chances from two yards out after a Darren Powell mistake but comes after weeks of being denied by the woodwork and good goalkeeping.

Walters said: “Darren (Ambrose) said he wished he had chances like that. You have to get in the right positions for chances like that and when you are there you have to take them.

“It was nice to score again after a while without getting a goal.”

After playing with Kevin Lisbie as a partner for the previous five games Walters gelled instantly with Counago and insists it doesn't matter which striker combination starts now.

He said: “We do all fit in so well.

“Changing it also keeps people refreshed. People know that is the way it is and with everyone fighting for a place it keeps competition healthy.

“Pablo came in and did a great job and it was great that he scored as well but no doubt when Jon Stead or Kevin Lisbie come in they will do a great job too.”

Walters insists having that depth of quality will hold Town in good stead with the amount of tough games coming up.

He added: “The bench is massive but when players come off they can make a big difference. Look at Jon Stead coming off recently and scoring twice.

“So that shows what a strong squad we have.

“I have said before that we are a good team with consistency, take the bad result against Doncaster away and we have done well of late.”

Town go to second-placed Birmingham City tomorrow then entertain Sheffield United, whose 5-2 win at the Valley saw Alan Pardew sacked by Charlton.

“After Doncaster we needed to get on another run and this is a good start to what is a big week for us.

“We are full of confidence and I'm sure it will be a good game at Birmingham.”

As last season's player of the year, Walters is well aware that the opposition pay him special heed.

He said: “It could be there is a bit of a second season syndrome.

“It is like teams going to the Premier League and doing well the first year and getting worked out.

“I have been working on other parts of my game to be better. There will be times I go right or left, I just treat each game individually and don't worry about it.”