SIMON Walton says his Hartlepool United teammates feel “unbeatable” at the moment after securing their fifth straight win
Midfielder Walton opened the scoring for Pools in the 3-1 win over AFC Wimbledon last night thanks to a first-half penalty smashed into the roof of the net.
It was the 26-year-old’s first goal of the season and it capped another fine display from the midfielder who has been in terrific form in recent weeks.
As well as scoring the penalty, Walton also provided the assist for Luke James’ second-half looping header which restored Pools’ lead.
Home supporters were singing “we are unbeatable” during the second-half and Walton admits the players are starting to feel the same way.
Walton said: “We didn’t play our best but we feel unbeatable at the minute, which is a nice feeling.
“But the gaffer has said you can get too overconfident and we haven’t got to fall into that trap.
“We have to keep going, keep the same work ethic and the same principles, which has got us good results so far, and hopefully it will get us a few more along the way.”
The former Plymouth Argyle midfielder joined the club in the summer of 2012 and he said the current run is the most enjoyable of his time at the club so far.
Walton added: “This is probably the longest spell since I have been here where I have enjoyed my football.
“We are getting the results and climbing up that table.
“Touch wood, everything seems to be going well and as long as we don’t rest on our laurels as a team and as individuals then we can go places.”
The 6ft 1in midfielder reserved special praise for teenage sensation Luke James, 18, who popped up with a looping header from Walton’s classy pass in the second half to put Pools 2-1 up.
Walton added: “Lukey does a lot of stuff that nobody is quite sure how he manages to do it to be honest.
“I can’t speak highly enough of him, he is a gem and a pleasure to work with.
“You play a pass like that and he puts his head anywhere and I am so pleased for him.
“If he keeps going, and he is the type of lad that will keep learning and keep listening, then he has a massive future.”