Ipswich Town goalkeeper Christian Walton sets another record

The Blues goalkeeper has now kept seven consecutive clean sheets and has not conceded a goal for 686 minutes, dating back to George Byers’ strike for Sheffield Wednesday at Portman Road in February.

And that streak is the longest by any goalkeeper, in any of the top four leagues, at any stage of the 2022/23 season.

Walton’s record puts him ahead of Preston’s Freddie Woodman, who at one point went 646 minutes without conceding, while Sheffield Wednesday’s Cameron Dawson’s best run without taking the ball out of the net this season is 575 minutes.

Ipswich Star: Christian Walton saved a Bolton penaltyChristian Walton saved a penalty at Bolton (Image: Ross Halls)

Newcastle’s Nick Pope (573), AFC Wimbledon’s Nik Tzanev (545) and Ross Doohan, now from Forest Green but formerly of Tranmere (502) complete the top six.

Walton’s recent exploits amount to an Ipswich club record, but the Town goalkeeper has been quick to praise the contribution of the rest of his team.

“It’s brilliant to break the record, but it’s not just me, of course,” the goalkeeper said recently.

“It starts at the top end of the field, especially the way the coach wants to play with high pressure and win the ball back very quickly. All of that helps keep the sheets clean.

“We are on a good clean-sheet run and a good winning streak, but now we are in a crucial period where we need to maintain that consistency until the end of this month and then into April.

“It’s good to break a club record, but let’s move on.”

Next up is a visit to Derby County on April 1st.


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