Defeated Holloway praises Stoke's two-goal FA Cup hero Jon Walters
By Mike Baggaley
EVEN Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway joined the praise of Jon Walters after Stoke's comeback kid inspired a 4-1 win over the Championship side in tonight's FA Cup fourth-round replay.
Everything went wrong for Walters on Saturday when he scored two own goals and missed a penalty in the 4-0 defeat at home to Chelsea.
But the versatile forward made amends last night with two goals in extra time to help Stoke overcome an impressive Palace side at the Britannia Stadium.
Kenwyne Jones headed Stoke in front on 69 minutes before Palace top scorer Glenn Murray levelled from the spot with just four minutes of normal time remaining.
However, Walters struck on 95 and 110 minutes before Cameron Jerome netted in the last minute of extra time to complete a victory which earns Stoke a fourth-round tie at home to Manchester City on Saturday January 26.
The margin of victory flattered Stoke, but the Crystal Palace fans were no doubt regretting chanting 'Walters give us a goal' when the game was still in normal time.
Holloway said: "I think the gulf in the end was a little bit unfair on us, but we are trying to catch up with a team like Stoke.
"I think Tony Pulis has done a fantastic job; his team are honest and hard-working and never stop. Jonny Walters sums that up for me.
"On Saturday he tried to clear two things and they went wrong, but today you would never have known he would ever have dreamed of making a mistake.
"I wish our fans had shut up. You don't sing about people like that do you? He's a wonderful fella and a brilliant player. He is a credit to Stoke."