Brighton boss praises debutant Christian Walton following Spurs defeat

Christian Walton made his first-team debut for Brighton and Hove Albion in their 2-0 League Cup defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

The 18-year-old goalkeeper was asked to replace injured first choice stopper David Stockade for the League Cup tie at White Hart Lane on Tuesday night, and he put in an accomplished display despite conceding twice.

Seagulls boss Sami Hyypia preferred the England Under-20 international over the more experienced back-up option of Casper Ankergren, and the former Liverpool man was happy to see his Championship strugglers put up a good fight against the high class Premier League opposition faced.

Goals from Erik Lamela and Harry Kane swung the tie in the Lilywhites favour, but the coach believes that Walton will have nothing but fond memories of his impressive debut.

Speaking to the Argus, Hyypia said: “Chris will remember this night for the rest of his life. David Stockdale had a little problem with his finger and Chris knew in the morning he was going to play.

“It’s not an easy place to play your first game but he did very, very well. When we needed him he did his job very well. He will benefit from this performance.

“He wouldn’t have played if I didn’t have faith in him. He has improved a lot in the past few months and hopefully we can keep working hard to improve him even more.”

Hyypia is not the only Brighton man to have been impressed by Walton, with midfielder Gary Gardner - currently on loan at Brighton from Premier League side Aston Villa - taking to Twitter to praise the highly rated youngster.

With the Seagulls sitting just two points above the relegation places, and Stockade likely to miss this weekend’s Championship action, Walton could be thrust into the first league start of his career - just three days after making his full debut in professional football.

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