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Walkes Ready To Battle

Midfield switch proving fruitful

27 November 2019

Anton Walkes
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Anton Walkes is revelling in his switch from right-back to a new role as one of Pompey’s midfield generals.

He has stood in for Tom Naylor since the skipper went off injured during the FA Cup win at Harrogate Town earlier this month.

With the Blues enjoying a fine run of form, the 22-year-old has certainly played his part in their rise up the League One table.

The latest victory saw Rotherham beaten 3-2 at Fratton Park on Tuesday night and Walkes was delighted with another chance to take to the field.

He said: “They had a few brutes in their team, but I’m not going to shy away from a battle and will throw myself into any challenge.

“I’ve got to break things up, protect the back four and get the ball to those forward players up the pitch.

"It’s always good to be back in the team and playing games again – but especially when you’re winning."

Anton Walkes

“I’m willing to play anywhere. I enjoy playing football, so if you put me on the pitch then I’m going to give it a go.

“It’s always good to be back in the team and playing games again – but especially when you’re winning.

“Of course it’s frustrating when you’re out of the side, although it’s just a part of football you have to deal with.

“The important thing is that you have to keep applying yourself, otherwise you’ll be out for a long time.

“I’d be lying if I said it didn’t disappoint me because I’m an ambitious person, but the team always comes first.

“The spirits are flying high at the moment and we just have to continue moving forward. Let’s see how long we can keep it up.

“Everyone in the squad has to play their part and when you look at the quality on our bench, it’s frightening.”

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