JON WALTERS says there was never any doubt of him taking the penalty that secured Saturday's victory over Arsenal - once he realised Charlie Adam wasn't on the pitch!
The Republic of Ireland forward stepped up to the spot in the 76th minute and sent Wojciech Szczesny the wrong way to score the only goal of the game in Stoke City's 1-0 win at the Britannia Stadium.
Walters had previously seen Adam take over the mantle following a couple of unsuccessful attempts and some may have thought he'd opt out this time around.
That wasn't to be the case, however, as the 30-year-old showed fantastic courage to take responsibility and slot the ball home.
"Charlie took the last one and scored, and to be honest, I looked round to see where he was!" Jon told Stoke City Player
"I didn't realise he was off the pitch but as soon as I knew he wasn't, I was more than happy to step up and take it.
"I'm glad I put it away and that we've got the three points.
"I'm never one to shirk responsibility; you just have to keep calm.
"That's what I did and it's nice to see the net bulge after you've taken it!"
The result means Stoke City now have four victories and two draws from seven league and cup games against Arsene Wenger's side at the Britannia Stadium.
It also means that the Potters have recorded victories over league leaders Chelsea, Champions Manchester United and the Gunners in a single season.
Walters is proud of those achievements but admits that he is more relieved to see the points gap increase from teams at the bottom of the table.
"I'm more than happy to take the three points and move up the league," he added.
"I think results went for us as well so we're happy with where we are at the moment.
"To a man, I thought that we were excellent all over the pitch.
"We dominated in the first half I thought, and then had to remain solid in the second, particularly after the goal.
"We restricted them and to get the clean sheet was excellent as well.
"The eleven that started, the players that came on as well, all had great attitude and it was a great atmosphere that the fans created.
"It's easy to do that for the big games and what we've all got to do now is have that for the games against the teams around us too."