Stoke City 4 - 1 Crystal Palace

Match info: FA Cup - 3rd Rnd at Bet365 Stadium

Date: 15/01/2013 KO: 19:45 Ref: A Taylor Att: 11,617

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Cameron Jerome 120
Kenwyne Jones 69
Jon Walters 95,110


C Palace

Glenn Murray 87 (pen)

FT (ht: 0-0)

After Extra Time

  • Last Updated: January 16 2013, 0:09 GMT

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

Walters celebrates against the Eagles
Walters celebrates against the Eagles

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 Barclays 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 Republic of Ireland 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."

Extra-time had been forced by npower Championship side Palace thanks to an 87th-minute penalty from substitute Glenn Murray, whose team-mate Jermaine Easter had had a spot-kick saved by Thomas Sorensen in the first half.

Murray's successful strike cancelled out an effort from Kenwyne Jones, introduced from the Potters bench in the 63rd minute and on the scoresheet six minutes later with a header that Palace goalkeeper Lewis Price allowed to slip from his grasp.

After Walters restored Stoke's lead with a 95th-minute header and added a slotted finish with 10 minutes to go, substitute Cameron Jerome wrapped up the victory with the hosts' fourth in the 120th minute.

The Staffordshire outfit will face Manchester City, who they were beaten by in the 2011 final, at home in round four and on the prospect of that clash, Pulis said: "It is a great tie for us.

"It gives us the opportunity to play City, who are one of the great teams in Europe, and it's great for our supporters to see those players come here again."

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