Walton in no doubt over it was his goal

SIMON Walton showed the same aggression off the pitch as on when asked if Saturday's second Ipswich Town goal against Birmingham was his.The 18-year-old, who is on loan from Charlton Athletic, was in no doubt.

By Elvin King

SIMON Walton showed the same aggression off the pitch as on when asked if Saturday's second Ipswich Town goal against Birmingham was his.

The 18-year-old, who is on loan from Charlton Athletic, was in no doubt.

“It is definitely my goal,” he enthused.

“The ball obviously took a marked deflection, but it came off a defender and I have no doubts.”

Walton now sits on three goals - two penalties - and is level top scorer with 18-year-old Billy Clarke.

Most Read

He left St Andrews limping, but said: “I suffered a gash in my right foot in the first half, and needed stitches after the match, but I will be fit for the weekend.”

Walton collected his second booking of the season, and was celebrating in front of Town fans when Bruno N'Gotty was getting himself sent off for assailing Alan Lee.

The former Cardiff striker, who scored a superb first Ipswich goal, said: “I would like to claim the second goal.”

But it was a bit tongue in cheek, and Lee added: “I will wait and see the video before taking it any further.

“N'Gotty must have been upset when I put both arms up to celebrate the second goal. He kicked out at me, and the referee was only a few feet away.”

Fabian Wilnis revealed: “It was my last kick in the warm-up when I felt a twinge in my thigh.

“I would have only been 70 per cent fit if I had started, and that would not have been fair on my team mates or our supporters. I felt I had to be honest, and I am hopeful of being available for selection at the weekend.

“I can't believe that we did not win. We had so many chances and were comfortably the better side.

“We are moving in the right direction and confidence is sky high - vastly different to a few weeks ago.”

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter