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Jon earns redemption

STOKE boss Tony Pulis spoke of Republic of Ireland international Jon Walters' "British bulldog spirit" after the Potters forward made an impressive return to form with two goals in last night's 4-1 extra-time FA Cup third-round replay victory over Crystal Palace.

The 29-year-old's double in the additional period at the Britannia Stadium - which put his side 3-1 up - came three days after he had scored a brace of own-goals and missed a penalty in the 4-0 Premier League loss to Chelsea.

"I wasn't going to play Jon tonight - I had decided on Friday that I would give him a rest," Pulis said of the England-born Irish international.


"But then after what had happened on Saturday, I decided the best thing to do was to get him out there again.

"And scoring the goals and playing the way he played, I think it's just great for him. It will wash away what happened on Saturday.

"He gives everything, Jon. He is just a very gifted individual in lots of respects, and his biggest asset is his big strong heart and the British bulldog spirit he has got."

Pulis is now relishing the prospect of another FA Cup meeting with Manchester City after his side came through the tricky home tie.

Having failed to convert a penalty in the first half when Jermaine Easter's effort was saved by Thomas Sorensen, Championship outfit Palace forced the additional period at the Britannia Stadium thanks to Glenn Murray's successful 87th-minute spot-kick, which cancelled out Kenwyne Jones' 69th-minute header for the hosts.

Walters restored Stoke's lead five minutes into extra-time and slotted in his second with 10 minutes remaining, before Cameron Jerome wrapped up the victory in the 120th minute.

The Potters now face a fourth-round home clash on January 26 with City, the club they were beaten by in the 2011 final.


And looking ahead to that contest, Pulis - whose team were eliminated in the quarter-finals last year - said: "It is a great tie for us.

"I'm delighted we have got through and have the opportunity again to play Man City, which is always an honour for us as a football club.

"We have only lost two in 13 FA Cup games and it would be lovely to make it two in 14."