Hartlepool United wonder goal hero Brad Walker will keep feet on floor ... except when scoring

TOP CLASS: Brad Walker. Picture by FRANK REID
TOP CLASS: Brad Walker. Picture by FRANK REID
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GOALSCORING sensation Brad Walker is keeping his feet firmly on the ground despite scoring one of the goals of the season to ensure Hartlepool United left Roots Hall with a point.

The creative midfielder took advantage of a weak clearance to chest the ball down before rifling it into the top left-hand corner of the goal past Daniel Bentley in the 59th minute.

It was an unstoppable strike and one the likes of Ronaldo and Lionel Messi would have been proud of.

Never mind a 17-year-old lad from Billingham.

His goal of the season contender meant Colin Cooper’s side came away from seventh-placed Southend United with a credible draw and kept Pools’ own hopes of reaching the play-offs very much alive.

“To be honest, I just hit it,” said Walker of his volleyed effort.

“I saw their defender, saw he was lining up to clear it and I just gambled.

“I thought it was going to come my way, it has popped up on my chest and I thought ‘I have to hit this first time’.”

“Luckily, it went right into the top corner.

“If my first touch hadn’t been so good, I wouldn’t have took the volley on but as soon as it sat up I thought I’m going to hit it as the defenders were coming at me.

“I went mental - I went straight to Buster [club physio Ian Gallagher].

“I was going to do a Mario Ballotelli and just stand there but with the adrenalin I just couldn’t - I don’t know how he does it.”

It was Walker’s second goal of the season in 28 appearances, following his stunning strike against Burton Albion in December.

But despite his goal, the teenager felt he should have contributed more.

He added: “Fortunately my two goals have been very good this season.

“But I think I have a lot more to offer, in the first-half I could have scored an easy tap in.

“Luckily I have redeemed myself and scored a great goal to get a point, which we were really pleased with.

“We battled it out for the whole 90 minutes and all of the defenders - Christian, Sam, Simon, Jordy and Daz - had to do everything to keep the ball out, which they did really well.

“To put in a performance like that and come away with something from a team in the play-offs, I think we have done really well.”

It has been a tremendous season so far for the teenager, with call-ups to two England Under-18 training camps after establishing himself in the Pools first team.

Walker says all he is interested in though is doing his best for the club.

“I definitely keep my feet on the ground, you can’t let everything get on top of you and lose your concentration,” added the midfielder.

“I work my hardest and do my best for the club.”