Jon Walters tipped to bounce back against Crystal Palace after Chelsea nightmare
Asmir Begovic has tipped Jon Walters to prove his resilience by scoring in Stoke's FA Cup clash with Crystal Palace.
Last Updated: 14/01/13 3:20pm
Walters suffered a miserable afternoon against Chelsea on Saturday as he scored two own goals and missed a penalty in the 4-0 defeat at the Britannia Stadium.
But Begovic expects him to bounce straight back and says the third-round replay with the Eagles is his perfect chance.
"I don't think anybody will worry about Jon Walters," he said. "His character and personality won't be affected by anything that happens to him.
"It was a couple of unfortunate incidents for him. I take the blame for the second goal because I probably should have come for the ball, but seeing him there I decided not to.
"He is a big enough character to bounce back and I am sure he will probably score a goal on Tuesday."
The Chelsea defeat was 10th-placed Stoke's first at home in the league since February and the heaviest they have ever suffered on their own turf in a Premier League fixture.
Put things right
It also means they have conceded seven goals in their last two games at the Britannia Stadium, having drawn 3-3 with Southampton on December 29.
Prior to that result, they had let in only four in their nine home top-flight matches for the season, and Begovic - who is likely to be rested in the FA Cup - is optimistic the Potters can get things back on track in front of their own supporters in the contest with Championship outfit Palace.
"You always want to put things right and hopefully we can do that on Tuesday," Begovic said. "Crystal Palace will come here with nothing to lose.
"We appreciate the support from the crowd. We feed off it and it is important to have it. No matter what the result, they are always there cheering us on and we appreciate that.
"Hopefully we can put things right for them as well on Tuesday."
Stoke boss Tony Pulis admits there was some despondency in the camp off the back of Saturday's loss and is determined to get his players geared up again for the FA Cup, a competition in which they were runners-up in 2011 and quarter-finalists last term.
"There's one or two broken hearts in the dressing room and we'll have to have a look at those and then take it from there," Pulis said.
"We want to do well in the FA Cup. We've only lost two in 12 in the cup and we want to keep that run going."