Walters won't get caught short again

JON Walters is today hoping not to get caught short on his first trip to Molineux.The Blues striker had to be brought from the toilets at Portman Road to replace the injured Shefki Kuqi in Town's win against Norwich City last Sunday and vows not to be caught with his pants down again.

Derek Davis

JON Walters is today hoping not to get caught short on his first trip to Molineux.

The Blues striker had to be brought from the toilets at Portman Road to replace the injured Shefki Kuqi in Town's win against Norwich City last Sunday and vows not to be caught with his pants down again.

Walters laughed: “I'll make sure I go in plenty of time.”

Walters explained what happened last weekend when Jordan Rhodes had to be despatched to the dressing rooms to fetch him.

He said: “I needed a toilet break. I was told Shefki would be getting five minutes and I thought I had time.

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“I was conscious that I would be blowing if I got on, so I made sure I was properly hydrated and drank loads.”

Walters' early return from a knee operation has given the Blues a huge boost as they make the charge for a top six place after initially being scheduled to be back for the last day of the season, although the player always had thoughts of his own.

He said: “Privately my target was to be on the bench for the Norwich game, although I had no expectations to actually play more than five to ten minutes.

“That said I was always taught to be ready to come on after a minute. If you are on the bench you should be ready to play.”

Walters suffered no adverse reaction to playing an hour and paid tribute to physios Matt Byard and Mark Endicott.

He said: “I worked hard with Matt and Mark, they were brilliant. They came in every day with fresh ideas to help me.

“I have come back fresh and feel really good physically and mentally.”

Although the 24-year-old has missed half a dozen games with the cartilage problem he has been a revelation this season and his form, along with dozen goals, will make him a strong contender along with Pablo Counago for player of the year.

Walters has been delighted with the way things have gone overall and feels the best is still yet to come.

He added: “This has been the best season of my career. I have been playing regularly and we are doing so well. We can make the play-offs with our destiny in our own hands.

“If we win these three games I'm sure we will be there.

“No one has been really consistent and a run of four wins will be great form to show at the right time. We will be going into the play-offs on a high.”

Walters has never played at Wolves before and is looking to end Town's poor run of results there, especially after watching them lose the Black Country derby game on Tuesday.

He said: “Molineux is one of this places you wanted to go and play at. It is also a good time to play them. After losing in midweek they may be tired and it could be a good time to play them.”

With Alan Lee and Pablo Counago pushing for a start together up front, Walters could return to the right side of midfield where he has been so effective this season, although Danny Haynes is also hoping to keep his place in the starting XI.