Walters spurred on by taunts
Jon Walters says Stoke were given added motivation against Wolves after some fans taunted Matthew Etherington.
Last Updated: 27/04/11 10:26am
Jon Walters has revealed that Stoke were given added motivation for the second half of their match against Wolves following the way some fans taunted Matthew Etherington.
Etherington had to be stretchered off in the 31st minute of the Britannia Stadium clash after suffering a hamstring injury and is now doubtful for next month's FA Cup final against Manchester City.
Manager Tony Pulis revealed after the final whistle that he was 'hoping and praying' Etherington would be fit for the Wembley showpiece, with the winger set to undergo a scan on Wednesday.
But team-mate Walters was appalled by the way some Wolves supporters treated Etherington as he was carried off, chanting 'You're not going to Wembley'.
Walters admits the incident fired up the Potters to come out and complete a 3-0 victory that piled more pressure on Wolves in the relegation dogfight.
"That was very poor from them and it wound us up at half-time," Walters said in The Sentinel.
"Matthew has had a very good season and we came out in the second half thinking we would do it for him. Good luck to him - we are just hoping he will be okay."
Kenwyne Jones opened the scoring for Stoke before further goals from Ryan Shawcross and Jermaine Pennant sealed Wolves' demise.
Walters added: "We kept going at them and we looked solid at the back. I don't think they had a clear chance all game. That is testament to our back four and midfield, all the way to up front.
"We defended really well all over the pitch, we were excellent on the night.
"We were solid, very hard to break down and our ball play was excellent. Balls were coming in left, right and centre and Kenwyne bullied defenders all game. That gave us a great platform to build on."
Jones has now scored in four consecutive games and Walters has been impressed by his strike partner.
He said: "He is one of the best strikers in the league when he is like that.
"Everyone goes through good and bad patches, but Kenwyne is riding on the crest of a wave at the moment. Let's hope that continues until the end of the season.
"He is unplayable when he is in this sort of form. But even when he wasn't scoring, he was still doing a massive job for us all over the pitch. He holds the ball up, allows others to link off him, and is also great at defending set-pieces."
Tuesday's victory left Stoke on 42 points, eight clear of the relegation zone, but Walters is refusing to take anything for granted just yet.
He added: "We were always moving to that safety point. Mathematically, we haven't done it yet, but there is a nice little gap now.
"All we are doing is looking forward to the game at Blackpool on Saturday now. We want to push on from this."