Trafford: Record Is A Group Effort

Record-breaker James Trafford is happy to share the plaudits with his team-mates as Wanderers keep racking up the clean sheets.

Trafford extended the club record run of home shut-outs to eight games as the Whites beat Cheltenham Town 1-0 on Saturday.

The on-loan Manchester City goalkeeper last conceded a goal at the University of Bolton Stadium when Bristol Rovers left with a 1-1 draw at the start of December.

Trafford has played behind a number of different players during that remarkable run as injuries and selection issues have seen boss Ian Evatt forced into a number of changes.

And Trafford praised all those who have stepped up to help him add to the club record he set when keeping clean sheets in his first four games when first arriving from City in January, 2022.

“It’s a group effort,” said Trafford. “We like to limit as many chances as we can with the defenders winning headers and me coming for the through balls and trying to affect it.

“We’re doing really well, especially at home, and we’re all really pleased.

“Every game we go into we want to keep a clean sheet and believe that we can and long may it continue.

“Whoever plays in the back three, and it has changed a bit recently, knows what they have to do and they have all done really well.

“Probably the most pleasing thing of it all is that the lads in front of me have changed up quite a bit in the eight games. But everyone knows what to do and we’re all well drilled.

“It hasn’t just been like one player has been the most instrumental.

“Everyone has helped and contributed massively. They’re all really good players, so it’s easy to adjust.”

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Trafford’s contribution and the collective effort in front of him has helped the Whites put together a record of just one defeat in 12 games.

Evatt’s men have been beaten in League One just twice since the end of October to sit fifth in the table.

And Trafford is relishing the battle for top-six places as Wanderers prepare for Saturday’s trip to seventh-placed Peterborough.

“It’s the same every year. The top teams are really good and we’re one of them. There’s no real room to slip up,” added the 20-year-old.

“It’s what everyone wants to do, playing in pressure games and playing in games you have to win.

“You’d rather be doing than playing for nothing like some teams are. We’re all relishing it and giving it our best shot.

“It’s tight. We just need to focus on ourselves, not focus on anyone else and we know if we can be there or thereabouts at the end of the season anything can happen, but we are just taking it a game at a time.”

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