JONATHAN WALTERS admits it was ‘sweet’ to hit the scoring trail against Liverpool in front of the live television cameras on Boxing Day . . . but insists all will soon be forgotten as he sets his sights on ending 2012 with a bang.
The Republic of Ireland ace, who bagged a brace during the 3-1 victory against Liverpool, will turn his attention towards Saturday’s final game of the calendar year against Barclays Premier League strugglers Southampton.
Whilst acknowledging that the players will savour the victory against the Anfield giants, Walters was quick to highlight the importance of maintaining a level head, having prolonged their unbeaten run to nine games.
“It’s a fantastic result for us and it’s made even more sweet having put in a good, solid performance,” he told stokecityfc.com following the game.
“In terms of the result, it is probably the best one of the season for us, and to have picked up four points from two tough games gives us a great amount of confidence.
“It was nice to get the goals and help us to record the victory, but we have to move on and not get too carried away. Things can quickly turn around in this league, so we have to remain level-headed.”
He added: “We are doing well at the moment, but we want to end the year unbeaten. Saturday’s game against Southampton will be incredibly tough, and we know that we have to be on top of our game again if we are to get the three points.”
The Republic of Ireland international, who is a lifelong Everton supporter, says he will be the toast of the Walters household following his exploits against Brendan Rodgers’ side at the Britannia Stadium.
“My family are all huge Everton fans, so there will have been one or two cheers this evening when the ball started to hit the back of the net,” he smiled.
“I’m not too sure the wives family will be too happy though as they are Liverpool supporters, but for myself, my dad and my brother, it’s definitely nice to get them goals, and nice for us to get another
three points on the board.
“I will celebrate it tonight, just as the other lads will, but we are back in again tomorrow preparing for another tough game against Southampton on Saturday; and that game is now our priority.”