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Blunder boy Walters will bounce back, says Pulis

The Stoke manager leapt to the defence of his Irish striker, after he scored two own goals and missed a penalty today.

Stoke City's Jonathan Walters reacts after scoring an own goal during his team's English Premier League soccer match against Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke City's Jonathan Walters reacts after scoring an own goal during his team's English Premier League soccer match against Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium.

STOKE MANAGER TONY Pulis backed Jon Walters to cope with the embarrassment of scoring two own goals and missing a penalty in his side’s 4-0 defeat against Chelsea on Saturday.

Walters endured one of worst individual displays in Premier League history as he headed past his own goalkeeper in the 45th and 62nd minutes at the Britannia Stadium to gift Chelsea a two-goal lead.

And to compound Walters’ misery, the Republic of Ireland striker failed to convert a penalty in the closing minutes after being brought down by John Terry.

Walters saw his spot-kick cannon over off the crossbar, but Pulis is convinced his burly targetman will be able to shrug off the humiliation.

“Jon is alright, we look after people at the club,” Pulis said. “It was not our day, it was Chelsea’s.

“We all have bad days. He had a bad day in terms of things not going his way but he was still brave enough to pick the ball up and take the penalty which is what he is all about.”

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