ROB Lainton was quick to share the credit for his debut clean sheet – singling out his “big commanders” at centre-half for particular credit.
The newly-signed goalkeeper was not overly tested as Burton Albion got back to winning ways in a 1-0 victory at Morecambe on Saturday, largely thanks to the admirable efforts of the four players in front of him.
Skipper Ian Sharps and defensive partner Shane Cansdell-Sherriff did what they have done on many occasions for the Brewers this season in limiting their opponents’ chances, while Phil Edwards was solid as ever and Damien McCrory enjoyed arguably his best game in a yellow shirt.
Lainton said: “It’s my first game, and I’ve already got my first clean sheet, so I’m really proud of that.
“But I’ve got to thank my back four as well because without them it would all be on me.
“There’s two big commanders at centre-half and they helped me out massively.
“I thought we had the better chances, they didn’t have many shots and I wasn’t massively tested.”
Burton dominated the game, and only a string of good saves from Lainton’s opposite number Barry Roche prevented the visitors from opening their account before Zeli Ismail came off the bench to score his first professional goal and break the deadlock with a strike of rare quality.
After going ahead, Albion did have to hold out for the final 15 to 20 minutes, but the Shrimps never really threatened to spoil Lainton’s day.
Informed that Morecambe had mustered just two shots on target all game, the debutant said: “That’s what I want.
“Obviously as a goalkeeper you want to make saves, but if the defence can keep shots off me then we’re keeping clean sheets.
“Then we can go up the other end and score goals and win games.”
Lainton was only registered on the morning of the game and was thrust straight into the starting line-up in place of Dean Lyness, who is carrying a thigh injury.
The 24-year-old has come in on loan from Albion’s League Two rivals Bury, where he has enjoyed little game time since joining the Shakers in the summer from Bolton Wanderers, a club with whom he spent nine of his formative years as a footballer.
“I came down at the start of the week, so I got to know the boys and all that,” said Lainton.
“They are a great set of lads, and they took me in straight away.
“I’m pleased to be here, to play games, and hopefully help the team push into the promotion spots, stay in the promotion spots and even try and go up automatically.”
Lainton is here on a month-long loan, but wants to impress Gary Rowett enough in that time to persuade the Pirelli chief to extend his stay.
“I’m hoping I can stay for the rest of the season if I can do well,” said the Ashton-born custodian.
“I want to keep as many clean sheets as I can so we can win as many games as I can.
“I wanted to come and play games and it seems a great set-up, a great set of lads, and great coaches and management.
“The goalkeeping team of Deano (Dean Lyness) and Kevin Poole have taken me in and helped me out massively – they’ve helped me fit in nicely.”