Walters confirmed as Stoke penalty taker despite recent misses

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has confirmed Jon Walters may have missed his last two spot-kicks but is in line for penalty duty against West Ham on Saturday.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has confirmed Jon Walters may have missed his last two spot-kicks but is in line for penalty duty against West Ham on Saturday.

"People have asked me that, and people say 'we would get him to take it, or we would get him to take it'," said Pulis.

"That's all fine, but do those players really want to take it when the game is going on?

"Jon picked that ball up (in the Fulham match) and there was no doubt about it, he wanted to take the penalty.

"He missed it, and as I have said before, people do things in life sometimes that are not right, or do not go the way they or you want them to go. But that is life, and you have to get on with it.

"You have to make sure you back the players who are prepared to do it.

"If we get a penalty on Saturday and Jon picks the ball up and wants to take it - and there is nine or 10 others who don't - then let Jon take it."

 

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