Pulis: Walters will recover

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis insists Jonathan Walters will recover from his horror show in the 4-0 home defeat to Chelsea.

Last Updated: 13/01/13 at 07:34 Post Comment

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Walters endured a nightmare afternoon, scoring two own goals and missing a late penalty as Stoke suffered their first home defeat of the season.

"Jon's fine," said Pulis. "We look after people at the football club. It wasn't our day today, it was Chelsea's day."

Pulis felt the scoreline was harsh on his side and was unhappy with referee Andre Marriner's decision to award a penalty to Chelsea after Robert Huth was deemed to have fouled Juan Mata.

Frank Lampard converted from the spot and Eden Hazard rattled home a long-range stunner to condemn Stoke to their worst home defeat since their promotion to the Premier League in 2008.

"We're disappointed," said Pulis. "Obviously the second goal kills us.

"The goals that we conceded were poor. I'm really disappointed with the penalty as well. I know Robert's got his hand on his shoulder but Mata's legs just collapsed and I think it's soft.

"I don't think that was a 4-0 today. It's very hard to take because I don't think the lads deserve to be on the back of a 4-0 defeat for that performance."

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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