Christian Walton says the double pressure of having to impress his loan and parent club is helping him strive for improvement every day.

Walton is on a season-long loan deal at Ewood Park from Premier League side Brighton where he has another 16 months left to run on his contract.

The 24-year-old came up with a point-saving stop to keep out Rudy Gestede’s header in the 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough on Saturday as they stretched their unbeaten run to four games.

Walton has been an ever-present in the side this season, and along with Tosin Adarabioyo, were brought in by Tony Mowbray to address Rovers’ defensive issues from last season.

The 37 goals they have conceded this season is nine fewer than at the same stage last season, while only three sides have kept more than Rovers’ nine clean sheets.

“Going on loan you have to make an impact straight away and I have to impress Blackburn and Brighton,” he told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“It’s a good pressure to have on myself and I’ve really enjoyed my loan spell.

“Brighton keep a close eye on me, have someone at every game, and it’s a good relationship. It’s good of them to let me out and for Blackburn it’s nice that I’m been playing every week.

“Tosin has done really well since he’s come in, he’s had a good background at Manchester City and like to think we’re just adding to the team and having a positive impact.

“I wanted to come and play games, for a good manager and a good team. That’s what I’m doing and I want to keep doing as well as I can.

“I want to keep improving each day and help us get as high up the division as we can and hopefully have a good end to the season.”

Rovers have conceded three times in their last four matches since the 3-2 defeat at New Year’s Day where Walton conceded a penalty.

The on-loan ‘keeper, who spent the last two seasons with Wigan, came up with a crucial late stop at the Riverside and was praised by his manager as Rovers held on to a point.

“The clean sheets, nine now, that’s second in the league I think and that tells you something,” Walton added.

“We’ve done well and want to keep that going and keep as many clean sheets as you can.

“I think it gets overlooked at times, a 0-0, we’ve not won the game but for me it’s a positive, we want to keep as many clean sheets as we can. It’s a team effort.

“It’s been really good and I’m enjoying playing behind them.”

It has been a settled backline for Rovers of late, with Darragh Lenihan and Adarabioyo flanked by Ryan Nyambe and Amari’i Bell of late.

Further forward, Rovers have been hit by injuries to key personnel which has hit them hard, but Walton believes there are still enough good options available to Mowbray to ensure a strong end to the campaign.

Rovers host Fulham on Saturday, unbeaten in their last 10 Ewood fixtures, and looking to close the gap on the Cottagers who sit third in the table.

“I’ve always the strength in depth within the squad, and you could see from my first day here how many good players there are at the club,” Mowbray said.

“I think we’ve got to be positive, if you look at the league anyone can beat anyone.

“It’s a cliché, but we will take each game as it comes because you never know what’s around the corner.

“I think we need to be positive with ourselves, keep improving every day and I think we’ll be in a good position come the end of the season.”