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Jon At The Double

JONATHAN WALTERS says that he couldn't have imagined more contrasting fortunes . . . after helping himself to a brace in the Potters emphatic 4-1 FA Cup 3rd Round replay against Championship promotion hopefuls Crystal Palace ON Tuesday night.

The Republic of Ireland ace put in a superb performance to help the side set up a mouth-watering 4th Round clash with Manchester City, just 72 hours after scoring two own goals in the 4-0 Premier League defeat against Chelsea.

Whilst admitting that he was left stunned by the strange occurrences during the clash with Chelsea, he insists that he was never in any danger of letting that affect his confidence against the Eagles.

"It's been a funny few days for me, without doubt," he told following the encounter. "But it's just important not to get too high with the highs and too low with the lows.

"In football you have ups and downs, but you have to try and remain level headed at all times - because if you don't then you get affected by things.

"I was confident coming into the game today, there was never an issue about that. What happened on Saturday happened on Saturday and you just have to move on."

He added: "I got a bit of stick from the lads at the weekend, but most of that came from me kicking the ball against my own head, before I scored the two own goals. It's nice to get a couple at the right end tonight though."

The Potters now face Roberto Mancini's reigning league champions at the Britannia Stadium in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, and whilst the 29-year-old is looking forward to the clash, his immediate worry 
surrounds this weekend's encounter against Swansea City.

"It's something to look forward to now, but we have an important game against Swansea coming up at the weekend which is our main concern now.

"We will always want to do well in the cup competitions, but the Premier League remains our priority.

"Going to Swansea is never easy because they keep hold of the ball well, and they have some top players in their team.

"This win has given us confidence though, so we will get ourselves ready for that game and hopefully do enough to get the three points on Saturday."

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