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A Team Player

JONATHAN WALTERS insists that he's happy to continue playing out wide rather than in a more familiar central role . . . as long as it helps to team to get positive results.

The Republic of Ireland international fired the Potters into the lead against West Ham United on Monday night, but his first Barclays Premier League goal from open play of the season wasn't enough as the Hammers' eventually earned a 1-1 draw.

Walters started on the right-hand side of the midfield five, but swapped with Matthew Etherington and then substitute Michael Kightly over the course of the 90 minutes at Upton Park.

"I'm playing out wide at the moment - I started on the right and moved to the left. I'm happy to play there, and I'm also happy to get on the score-sheet," he said.

His goal came after a superbly-worked corner, with Walters running across the box to meet Glenn Whelan's precise ball before unleashing his shot past Jussi Jaaskelainen first time.

"We've been working on that one for in four or five sessions this week, and it's worked perfectly," added the 29-year-old.

"It's credit to all the staff, and Whelan who's put the ball in. It was a great ball, so all credit to him too."

He admitted that after the pressure Tony Pulis' men had to withstand from West Ham in the second-half, a point was a good result and one they were certainly happy to take.

"Yeah, it was a tough game. We were 1-0 up after the first-half, and it could have been two or three, but they scored a goal early on and we battled hard.

"It was completely different second-half - we defended well, we pulled off some great saves and good blocks."

"West Ham have been flying this year so we'll take it as a good point, and now we have two home games."

The first of those is against Martin Jol's Fulham at the Britannia Stadium this Saturday, and Walters is fully aware of the challenges the London side will pose City.

"It's going to be a difficult one - they've got some good quality in the side but hopefully it's a game we can get the points from."

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