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Trafford Thanks Team-Mates For Record Run

Goalkeeper shares the praise with players and staff after creating club history

2 February 2022

James Trafford was happy to share the plaudits after creating Wanderers’ history.

Trafford became the first Wanderers’ goalkeeper to keep clean sheets in his first four appearances for the club – overtaking the record previously held by Simon Farnworth.

The on-loan Manchester City youngster has so far proved impassable but insisted his achievements represent a combined effort after keeping Cambridge United at bay to set the new mark.

“I’m just trying to get as many clean sheets and help the team get as many points as possible,” said Trafford after a fourth successive win for the Whites which lifted them up to 11th in the League One table.

“It’s a great thing to have but it’s not top of my priorities.

“I’m just looking to improve and get better and move on to Saturday.

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“If the team were just letting one-on-ones happen then I wouldn’t keep clean sheets.

“It’s not just me. I’ll get the record but it’s a team effort and all the staff – training day-in, day-out with Joel (Dixon), Matty (Alexander), Luke (Hutchinson) and Gillo (Matt Gilks).

“It’s what contributes to it. Even though I get it, it’s the team effort and the staff effort.”

The imposingTrafford hasn’t conceded a goal since his arrival from City in mid-January with a 2-0 victory over Cambridge making it three successive home wins for Ian Evatt’s men.

And Evatt is delighted at how his re-shaped defensive unit has come together to help the 19-year-old keeper claim his slice of his history.

“James gets the credit for the clean sheets – as does the back three at the moment – but it starts from the front,” said the Wanderers’ boss.

“We defend as a team and attack as a team. Everybody has a responsibility in and out of possession and I thought we all did our jobs superbly well tonight.

“James will have that record, but for me it’s a team record and it’s a team culture.

“It’s a team goal, but I’m really pleased for young James.”


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