John McGreal hails Colchester United keeper Sam Walker on eve of his 150th league appearance
- Credit: Picture: Steve Waller
Sam Walker is set to celebrate his 150th league appearance for Colchester United, at Notts County today, an achievement which has been highlighted by his manager John McGreal.
“Considering he missed the whole of last season through injury, it is a terrific effort,” enthused McGreal, with reference to his No. 1 choice keeper.
“Sam has kept double-figures (10) with clean-sheets this season, and was unlucky not to get another one last weekend with Luton’s late goal.
“In fact, he would have had a lot more clean-sheets, if it wasn’t for several late goals conceded in games this season.
“He fully deserves to get to 150 games, and at such a young age,” added McGreal.
You may also want to watch:
Walker, 25, who has been ever-present in League Two this season, signed for the U’s from Chelsea in 2013, after an initial loan spell. He was ever-present in 2013-11 and missed just one game the following season.
Meanwhile, today’s hosts Notts County have pulled away from the relegation zone in recent weeks, thanks to a run of just two defeats in their last 10 games.
- 1 Family of hairdresser, 17, who died in her sleep 'overwhelmed' by tributes
- 2 'Complete waste of our money' - uproar over Santa's grotto
- 3 Suffolk families stunned after homes transformed on Changing Rooms
- 4 Jailed company boss to sell home to repay swindled customers
- 6 Suffolk petrol stations avoid closure as garages shut nationwide
- 7 Donacien on his Ipswich Town future and why he wears the No.44 shirt
- 8 Suffolk braced for Indian summer before forecast showers next week
- 9 Goals, vision and chats with a legend - how Town's loan stars are doing
- 10 'We've lost one or two from last week' - Cook reveals fresh injury set-back
Kevin Nolan’s men come into today’s encounter fresh from back-to-back 1-0 wins over Barnet and at Wycombe.
McGreal continued: “Notts County started the season well, then fell away a little. When we played them in December (2-1 home win), they still had a strong squad.
“They’ve had lots of 1-0s of late, with some solid performances, and they have a good deal of experience throughout the team, especially Richard Duffy in defence, Michael O’Connor in midfield and of course Jon Stead and Shola Ameobi up front.
“In fact, it will be a big battle for our centre-halves this weekend, but we’ve got to try and win the game if we want to stay right in the mix.
“We’ve kept going with some solid performances and results, but we’re not quite in it yet, due to our away record.
“We need to change that, but we’ve come a long way with the squad that we’ve got.
“We have kept putting in positive performances after a negative one, and we will keep pushing until we get over the line, or we can’t get there.
“It’s full steam ahead for us,” added McGreal.