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.

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“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.”

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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].”

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