INTERVIEW: Walker makes stunning start to his Stevenage loan spell

Tyler Walker celebrates his second goal of the game.

Tyler Walker celebrates his second goal of the game. - Credit: Archant

Nottingham Forest loanee Tyler Walker says all he was thinking about when hitting his sensational overhead goal against Hartlepool was about not giving away a foul.

The 19-year-old striker, and England U20 international, made his first start in a Stevenage shirt since joining this week from Forest and scored twice on his debut.

He also forced Hartlepool keeper Adam Bartlett into a couple of fine saves and was given a standing ovation when he left the pitch late in the game.

Speaking afterwards, the forward said: “The keeper made a good save just before [the overhead kick] from one of my shots.

“The ball went up into the air and I just didn’t want to give a foul away getting my foot that high, but it just went in.


You may also want to watch:


“I just tried to do my best today and it always helps when you have a good set of lads behind you giving you good service.

“Everyone played well and I was just happy I could play my part and chip in.”

Most Read

Stevenage fell behind before Tom Pett got them back level. Walker then scored his overhead kick before a neat finish made it 3-1.

Dean Wells nodded in for four before Michael Tonge put away a penalty for goal number five. Matt Godden then made it six, but Boro had plenty of other chances besides including a late shot for Walker which he hit straight at Bartlett.

When asked about that chance, and whether he wanted to have the penalty to himself for a hat-trick, Walker said: “I pleaded, but we have a set penalty taker and Tonge is the guy who takes them and fair play to him he put it in.

“I just tried to keep my head over [the other chance] and get it on target, but the keeper made a good save. The hat-trick would have been the icing on the cake, but I’m pleased [with two].”

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter