Des’ boy is no chip off the old block
IN 809 games, Des Walker scored one goal. It took his son one game at Stevenage to double the tally of his illustrious father.
Des was an England defender of some class. Tyler, on loan from Nottingham Forest, scored two for Boro as they thumped hapless Hartlepool.
“Tyler had some debut, he was excellent,’’ purred Boro boss Darren Sarll.
“He’s only trained twice with us and we’ve already seen what he is. His pace and movement behind defenders was outstanding, a threat all game. It’s exceptional for him.’’
Walker ran the Hartlepool defence ragged with his movement and fully deserved his goals and the praise.
Pools took the lead on four minutes, Nathan Thomas netting from close range. That was as good as it got for the visitors though.
After going close, Boro levelled when a low Ronnie Henry cross was turned in by Tom Pett from close range.
Walker curled wide before a deep corner was knocked back into the six-yard area and, with his back to goal, he took off to volley in.
Pools could have levelled, but Thomas scuffed wide and they paid the price with a second-half humbling.
A corner to the far post on 53 minutes was turned in by Dean Wells at the second attempt. Four minutes later and number four arrived. From a break down the left side Andrew Fox cut through Pools and Walker confidently rolled in his second.
Number five came from the spot, Michael Tonge making no mistake after being manhandled by Carl Magnay.
Walker should have had a hat-trick, but rolled his shot into keeper Adam Bartlett from 20 yards.
But Boro didn’t have to wait long for, on 77 minutes, Bartlett raced off his line but missed out to Matt Godden, who headed into an empty net.
Sarll added: “We got six and could have got more. We were a real threat on set-pieces all game.
“We made some tactical changes in the first half to win the game and Tom Pett was magnificent.’’
Pools boss Craig Hignett admitted: “It was painful. That team was unrecognisable and we have had words in the dressing room.
“We are under no illusions here – it’s up to me to put it right and do better.
“Every bit of stick I and the players get is deserved. I’m going to apologise for the performance which was more than inept.
“It was embarrassing to watch at times. It was the worst 45 minutes I’ve seen in my life.’’
STAR MAN TYLER WALKER Stevenage