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Walton excited by squad potential

30 October 2019

Sophie Walton explains how she has ‘loved every single minute’ of her time with Nottingham Forest and she believes there is still more to come from the side as she states the potential of the squad is ‘frightening’.

The midfielder joined The Reds during the summer and has become a key player for the side since the start of the season and she reflects back on her time here. 

Walton said: “I have loved every single minute here at Forest. 

“From the minute, I spoke to Lee Billiard (General Manager) on the phone I knew it was where I wanted to be. 

“This is the best group of players and staff I have ever worked with. Until you’re in and around it, it’s hard to explain, but it’s a special feeling and I’m hoping this will lead us to a lot of success.” 

The midfielder also goes on to explain what has impressed her the most with the club since she arrived during pre-season. 

“The vision of where the club wants to go and the potential of what we could be,” Walton said. 

“Everything Lee spoke about on the phone has been delivered. 

“There is a buy in and a professionalism from top to bottom that cannot be matched anywhere in this league, or probably the league above. 

“They’ve gone about their business the right way and we are finally starting to reap the rewards. We haven’t achieved anything yet but the potential and set up is certainly there.” 

Walton has become a force in the Forest midfield and has picked up nine appearances in the first three months of the season and she reveals what her favourite part of being a Red is away from the pitch. 

She said: “Being involved in such a special group of staff/players. 

“We’ve become more than teammates/colleagues over the short space of time we’ve been together”

The Reds have enjoyed a month to remember as Sunday’s 5-2 win over Hull City has seen them end October with a 100% winning record. They have picked up a maximum of six points in their two league wins over Loughborough Foxes and Hull City and progressed through to the next round of the Plate and County Cup competitions. 

Walton looked back at her side’s brilliant month on the field. “It’s fantastic. There’s no better feeling than winning a football match and that breeds confidence,” she explained. 

“We’ve had the performance of the season away at Loughborough and three fixtures we were expected to win. 

“The gaffer has managed to utilise his squad throughout the month and get everyone deserved minutes which is brilliant for us and the whole group have maintained the standards and completed a perfect October.” 

Five wins from their last six games have seen Forest climb up the league rankings and currently sit fourth in the league table and are only behind third place Stoke City on goal difference. Walton believes that the side are good enough to be fighting up the top end of the table come the end of the season next May. 

Walton said: “I’m not sure at the beginning of the season, especially after the first couple of results, that we actually believed we could compete. 

“But the performances and results over the last 6 games have finally proved what we are about. 

“The girls are starting to recognise what this squad is capable of, if we can keep switched on, keep grafting away on the training pitch and take each game as it comes we will be right in the mix.” 

The Reds may have enjoyed a good run of games over the course of October, finding the back of the net a whopping 27 times, but Walton states that the Forest faithful still haven’t seen what the side is fully capable of. 

“There is definitely more to come from us,” Walton explained. 

“We are chalk and cheese from the team the gaffer picked up on the first day of pre-season and that’s testament to what he, Lee and the girls have done over the last few months. 

“There is healthy competition for places all over the pitch which is pushing us to perform. The more time we spend together the better we will become.

“I’ve said it a few times but the potential of this squad is frightening and finally I think a lot of people are starting to realise this. 

“If we can start putting together more 90 minute performances then no one will be able to stop us.”


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