Clean Sheets A Good Reflection On The Team - Trafford

James Trafford is happy to be up there with the toughest goalkeepers in the country to beat as he looks to help Wanderers bounce back at Morecambe.

Trafford’s 17 clean sheets for the Whites this season is the highest figure in League One.

Only Leyton Orient’s Lawrence Vigouroux – with 20 – has enjoyed more shut-outs in the top four divisions of English football.

And Trafford believes the record makes good reading for everyone in the Wanderers’ ranks.

“I don’t really look too much into stats, but I’m pleased when they do come up and it’s the most in the league. It’s a good reflection on the team,” said Trafford, whose recent run of nine successive home clean sheets is also a Whites’ club record.

“You could have the best goalie and if the defence isn’t good enough then he’s bound to concede eventually in a game.

“It’s a good stat for the team and we’re all pleased with it. It’s good that we’re up there with Leyton Orient, who are doing really well in League Two.”

While the O’s are flying high at the top of their division, Trafford is playing a big part in Wanderers’ own promotion push.

And after a mid-week set-back at Portsmouth on Tuesday night, when Ian Evatt’s men were beaten 3-1 to lose for just the third time since early December, Trafford is looking to make amends at Morecambe.

“We’re not going to win every game. We understand that we are going to lose some games,” added the on-loan Manchester City man.

“We weren’t happy in the manner we lost because we didn’t really give a great account of ourselves.

“But we know it’s gone, it’s in the past and we can’t change it and we’ve got to move on to Saturday.

“We know from last year how tough it can be and we will give them all the respect they deserve but we’re going to give it our best shot.”

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Wanderers head into March fourth in League One with three games to go before an international break and an appearance in the final of the Papa Johns Trophy.

That could mean a busy spell for Trafford who will be hoping to his England U21 caps later this month in friendlies against France and Croatia.

And the 20-year-old believes playing week-in, week-out for Wanderers is the ideal way to further his international ambitions as he looks to combine success with club and country.

“Hopefully we can build good momentum before the next international break,” Trafford said.

“I just want to play because that’s what I enjoy the most. And when you’re doing well it’s a good reflection on you and it helps when you’re doing well, so I’m happy.

“I just try and perform here as well as I can and hopefully it’s enough to get picked (for England).

“When I’ve been away with past two times with them it’s been a good experience and been really good. I feel I deserved to play and felt I did well so I’m happy.”

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