Writer: Colchester Dan
Date:Thursday August 22 2013
Sam Walker may have been at fault for the goal that the U's conceded last weekend, but he is certainly not being held to account by the U's dressing room.
The big shot-stopper has been a revelation in the U's goal since his initial arrival on loan in January, playing an instrumental role in the U's survival last season including a key penalty save against Leyton Orient.
There were also exceptional performances such as away at Hartlepool where he denied the hosts time and again to keep a clean sheet, before arriving for another loan spell during pre-season.
Whilst the fans have taken warmly to Walker, he too has taken to the club just as warmly and with the youngster now in his final year at Chelsea, there will be many hoping to tie him down to a permanent switch in the summer.
On Saturday, however, the goalkeeper made a mess of a long-range shot that swerved all over the place, fumbling the ball into the corner of the goal to allow Sheffield United to draw level on the stroke of half-time.
However, in interviews with BBC Essex, both his manager, Joe Dunne, and goalscorer Freddie Sears were quick to reassure the big 'keeper.
'You choose to be a 'keeper and, if you don't keep them out, then you're opening yourself up,' Dunne admitted. 'But Sam has been a wonderful player for us and part of the reason we stayed in this league.
'It didn't stop him as he was brave and came back out to stop a few more.'
Likewise, Sears also held words of encouragement: 'Sam has been great and he'll save that every day of the week, so you don't like to see it.
'He's been brilliant and probably kept us in the league to be honest, so nobody will say anything to Sam. Fair play to both Sam and the defenders though as they kept us in it second half and have been really solid for the first three games.'
Indeed, when the pressure was on during the second forty-five, Walker made amends with a string of top-quality saves to deny Taylor and Brandy, amongst others.
He isn't seven foot tall for nothing!
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Date:Thursday August 22 2013
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