Mullins lauds Walton’s ‘wonderful’ late penalty save

Christian Walton is congratulated by Glen Rea after saving Vadaine Oliver's late penalty

Christian Walton is congratulated by Glen Rea after saving Vadaine Oliver's late penalty

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Hatters defender Johnny Mullins labelled keeper Christian Walton for his ‘wonderful’ penalty save to ensure Luton took a point from their trip to Notts County yesterday afternoon.

After Scott Cuthbert was adjudged guilty of holding in the area by referee Michael Salisbury with just six minutes to go, the on-loan Brighton stopper magnificently turned away Vadaine Oliver’s spot kick, as Luton stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to eight games.

Mullins said: “It was an absolutely wonderful save from a real top class keeper in Christian.

“We all know that and to play in front of him breeds confidence, and that penalty, I can’t speak highly enough of him.

“I felt they changed shape (second half) and went a little bit more direct which caused its own problems, but Christian comes out and makes it easier.

“What a wonderful save, I know he’s made that save to keep us the point, but I thought we more than deserved that, if not all three.”

What a wonderful save, I know he’s made that save to keep us the point, but I thought we more than deserved that, if not all three.

Johnny Mullins

Manager Nathan Jones was fulsome in his praise too, saying: “Christian made a magnificent save from a pen, that’s when you need your keeper sometimes.

“In all honesty, you lose the game then probably, but it got us a point, that’s magnificent and it would have been harsh on either side to lose.”

Fellow loanee Alex Gilliead wasn’t surprised to see Walton produce his heroics either, adding: “Chris is a class keeper, I didn’t really see much about the penalty, just seen the referee give it.

“It was one of those touch and go ones, but all credit to Chris, it’s an absolutely unreal save, it kept us in the game and kept us the point.

“We know how good Chris is, we see him in training every day, and we know he’s got that in his locker, so everyone’s happy for him.”