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Walton: Don't write us off

Hartlepool midfielder Simon Walton has not written off the club's chances of avoiding relegation this season.

Last Updated: 04/02/13 at 17:27

Simon Walton: Upbeat over survival prospects

Simon Walton: Upbeat over survival prospects

Walton, 25, has not enjoyed the best of seasons after joining Pools in the summer following his release by Plymouth Argyle, but turned in a man-of-the-match display in Saturday's home win over Notts County.

Victory ensured a first home win for League One's bottom club since September 1, a first home win for manager John Hughes and Pools' first back-to-back wins since September 2011.

Walton, who has struggled to win over the fans at Victoria Park, told the club's official website: "That reception meant a lot to me.

"At the start of the season I wanted to make a massive impression, as I think everyone does when they come to a new club, but it went in the opposite direction really.

"After Saturday, I'll give myself a little pat on the back maybe, but I'm not one to get carried away.

"There's a lot of work to be done for me to get back to where I should be and where I know I can be and I think that applies to the team as well.

"It's up to me to get my head down and have a real go at turning it around.

"There's a long way to go, but keeping us in this division will play a massive part in that."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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