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A Worldie From Walkes

Summer signing pleased with Utrecht equaliser

28 July 2018

Anton Walkes
Photo: Ben Queenborough

It was a goal spectacular enough to grace any competitive fixture – and it was not even the best of the afternoon!

Anton Walkes’ superb strike drew Pompey level against FC Utrecht in their final friendly of the summer.

It came after Sean Klaiber’s even more impressive effort from the Dutch outfit, as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at Fratton Park.

And seeing what happened earlier in the contest gave Walkes the confidence to try his luck at the Milton End.

The versatile midfielder said: “The goal was a bit more spectacular than the last one I scored here and it’s always nice to contribute.

“My run-up was fairly decent and it was a great lay-off from Pits (Brett Pitman). Someone had already hit a worldie, so I thought ‘why not?’.

"Someone had already hit a worldie, so I thought ‘why not?’."

Anton Walkes

“I saw the keeper out of the corner of my eye, but knew that I could go back across goal and leave him flat-footed. Luckily it went in.

“Utrecht finished fifth in their division last season, so obviously don’t play about. They popped the ball around in the first 20 minutes and kept us moving.

“But I felt we had better chances overall than they did and there are a lot of positives to take out of the game.”

Walkes is about to start his first campaign as a permanent member of the Pompey squad and is optimistic about what lies ahead.

He said: “It’s been great to be back and I’ve enjoyed the training and the games, which have been of a high standard.

“I think it’s going to be a good season and it’s all about being ready for the first league match next week.

“Luton did very well last time out, but we’ve set ourselves goals and it’s important that we reach them.”


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