He was naturally delighted to get his chance against Newcastle after Neil Sullivan was harshly sent off for bringing down Kieron Dyer but he later revealed that he had planned to see George Graham on Wednesday about going on loan!
Walker revealed: “I said to Sully it was good timing because I was going to see the gaffer about going on loan!
“I was always going to leave it until the New Year so that’s knocked that on the head!
“The club might be able to appeal with the sending off because it looked like he got the ball, it looked harsh, otherwise I can look forward to another couple of games.
“If there are a couple of games to be played then it gives me an extra spur to do well in those games. We’ll see where we go from there.”
Walker, 29, certainly cashed in on his chance. On with 49 minutes on the clock and with us 3-1 up, his first action was to watch helplessly as Dyer buried from the penalty spot.
The former England international was barely tested until the final minute when he produced two saves out of the top drawer to deny Gary Speed — a memorable tip away from a downward volley - and Lomana Lua Lua.
Not bad for someone who hadn’t tasted competitive football since December 5.
Walker admitted: “I wasn’t expecting to get on but that’s the second time it’s happened. I wasn’t particularly warmed up but just excited to be out there and pleased to help the lads to a victory that we needed.
“It’s not easy for anyone to come off the bench like that.
“The outfield players have to adjust to the pace of the game and for me, I’ve only played one Premiership game in seven months and we haven’t played a reserve game for six weeks.
“I’ve just been training all the time which is alright but it’s a matter of concentration and not having had much match practice it was nice to get through it.
“It was just nice to get on there. I played half the game against Brentford when Sully got sent off and then the game at Coventry and that’s been it for the last seven months.
“It does become a bit disheartening when you are training all the time and nothing’s happening. It was nice to get on and make a couple of saves so I was pleased with that and now we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”
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By Paul Miles
Ian Walker didn’t know whether to laugh or cry on Tuesday night.