Stoke City: Potters wait for Glenn Whelan verdict
STOKE City are today waiting for confirmation that Glenn Whelan has avoided trial by television and a potential three-game ban for his challenge on Manchester City's Javi Garcia on Saturday.
Whelan appeared to catch the Manchester City midfielder with a late challenge in Stoke's 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round defeat at the Britannia.
However, Whelan could escape because referee Howard Webb was on the spot and didn't take action at the time.
Stoke won't hear from the authorities until today, but the Football Association's general principle is that referees only report challenges for retrospective action if they didn't see them at the time.
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The Stoke midfielder says he tried to challenge for the ball.
He said: "I don't think I caught him as much as he was rolling around. Obviously he's felt it, so I have to take that.
"I'd have to see it again. I've gone in for the challenge and I don't think I tried to be dirty, but if it looks that way on television then I'll have to hold my hands up.
"Hopefully nothing will happen with it."
The midfielder was one of Stoke's best players on Saturday, but was unable to stop Roberto Mancini's side emerging victorious courtesy of Pablo Zabaleta's 85th-minute strike.
Whelan said: "It's hard to take. We tried to go out to get the win because our record back at the Etihad isn't great. We knew home advantage was where we had to make it count.
"In the first half we were disappointed because we wanted to create more chances, but the second half was pretty even. If anything we were a little bit on top, although we weren't creating too much.
"But it is over 90 minutes; you can't play for 85.
"We have to pick ourselves up because we have a massive game coming up now on Tuesday night."
Whelan says Stoke will take some positives out of the cup defeat ahead of tomorrow's Premier League home game against Wigan.
Stoke have conceded 13 goals in their previous four league games and have struggled for form, but the midfielder believes there were signs of improvement in the cup tie against Mancini's men.
He added: "We have been sloppy from top to bottom. We went 10 games unbeaten and thought we were really doing well, then we dropped off and had three massive league defeats on the bounce.
"It is something we have to look at, but I think this game was a little bit better."
Stoke's FA Cup exit leaves the Potters with only Premier League fixtures for the rest of the campaign. Whelan says 10th-placed Stoke have to try to do more in the league for the rest of the campaign than simply secure their survival.
He said: "We don't just want to stay in the league, we want to get as high as we can.
"We believe we are a Premier League team now. The top ten is our aim."