Stoke boss Pulis full of praise for 2-goal Walters after Cup triumph

Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters struck twice in their 4-1 FA Cup win over Crystal Palace.

Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters struck twice in their 4-1 FA Cup win 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 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."

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