| 1.3°C Dublin

Walters: The lads have given me some stick

STOKE forward Jon Walters was confident memories of his previous miserable outing would not have a negative impact on his performance in Tuesday's FA Cup third-round replay against Crystal Palace.

The Potters' 4-0 Premier League defeat by Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday could hardly have gone worse for Walters, who managed to head in two own-goals and then capped a luckless display by firing a penalty against the bar.

But playing on the same ground just three days later, the Ireland international bounced back in style in the Palace game, netting a brace in extra-time to send Stoke on their way to a 4-1 victory and a fourth-round home clash with Manchester City.

In retaining him in the starting line-up, manager Tony Pulis demonstrated his faith in the 29-year-old, who stressed after the match that he had had no fear prior to kick-off that thoughts of the Chelsea contest might hinder him.

"It's been a funny few days for me, without doubt," Walters said. "But it's just important not to get too high with the highs and too low with the lows.


"In football you have ups and downs, but you have to try and remain level headed at all times - because if you don't then you get affected by things.

"I was confident coming into the (Palace) game, there was never an issue about that. What happened on Saturday happened on Saturday and you just have to move on."

He added: "I got a bit of stick from the lads at the weekend, but most of that came from me kicking the ball against my own head (while attempting to take a shot in the first half) before I scored the two own goals.

"It's nice to get a couple at the right end though."

Meanwhile, Stoke manager Tony Pulis has rejected a £3million offer from Swansea for striker Kenwyne Jones.

Stoke insist Jones will not be allowed to leave this month for anything less than £4.5m.