Stoke City: Walters will recover from horror show, says Begovic
JON Walters won't be affected by his bad day at the office, says team-mate Asmir Begovic.
The luckless Walters had a day to forget as he headed home two own goals and then missed a penalty as Chelsea claimed a 4-0 win at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
The horrible hat-trick couldn't have happened to a more committed player than Walters, who at least had the nerve to step up and take the last-minute spot-kick.
Begovic said the forward will quickly recover.
he keeper also shouldered blame for the second own goal, flicked home by Walters after Begovic stayed on his line for a corner.
He explained: "I don't think anybody will worry about Jon Walters. His character and personality won't be affected by anything that happens to him.
"It was a couple of unfortunate incidents for him. I take the blame for the second goal because I probably should have come for the ball, but seeing him there I decided not to.
"He is a big enough character to bounce back and I am sure he will probably score a goal on Tuesday."
Tomorrow's game at home to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fourth-round replay gives City an early chance to recover from their heaviest home defeat since they returned to the Premier League five years ago.
The game was evenly balanced until the stroke of half-time when Walters headed past his own keeper as he tried to clear Cezar Aspilicueta's cross.
Begovic, pictured right, said: "I am very disappointed. We knew it was going to be a tough game. They are the Champions of Europe and they overpowered and outplayed us in the second half.
"But one freak incident happened and fortune was on their side. That set us back just before half-time. It was just unfortunate, I don't think we deserved to lose 4-0.
"I think we gave a pretty decent account of ourselves for most of the game but with their class and ruthlessness they punished us."
Even though they went into the break a goal down, Begovic said there was no panicking in the dressing room at half-time.
He said: "There wasn't much to say. We sorted a couple of things out we could have done better, but we just had to keep going. I thought we were well in the game in the first half, but some things hadn't gone our way."
Man of the match Begovic made excellent saves from Frank Lampard, Demba Ba and Ashley Cole, but was helpless when Eden Hazard fired into the top corner from 25 yards to put Chelsea 4-0 up.
The keeper said: "It was a fantastic strike and it just went past Ryan Shawcross's head before I knew it. That is the quality they have. We can't get ahead of ourselves. We knew we had to be on top of our game to get anything today."
Begovic is likely to be rested for tomorrow's Crystal Palace game, but expects his team-mates to be determined to put this Chelsea defeat behind them.
He said the players would like to reward the supporters who stayed behind their side even as things were going badly wrong on Saturday.
Begovic added: "We appreciate the support from the crowd. We feed off it and it is important to have it.
"No matter what the result, they are always there cheering us on and we appreciate that. Hopefully we can put things right for them on Tuesday."