Premier League: Jon Walters rallies Stoke fans after win over Arsenal
Stoke goal hero Jonathan Walters says the fans must help create a "siege mentality" at home in the coming weeks.
Last Updated: 01/03/14 6:05pm
Walters stepped up to successfully dispatch a penalty he won himself as the Potters beat title hopefuls Arsenal 1-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.
That victory, which followed home wins over Chelsea and Manchester United already this season, lifted Mark Hughes' side up to 12th in the table, six points clear of danger.
"To a man, I thought we were first class," said the Republic of Ireland forward.
"First half, we dominated it possession wise, we passed it really well - everyone wanted to get on the ball - we did the hard bits well and it paid off in the end."
Walters, who accepted spot-kick duties against the Gunners because regular penalty taker Charlie Adam had been subbed off, feels a raucous home atmosphere can help the Potters when the likes of West Ham and Hull City come calling later on in March.
"To be fair, Charlie's taken the last one and I was looking for him, thinking he was still on the pitch! He wasn't there, so I thought 'step up and take it' and I was glad I put it away," he added.
"It's a big win. We've got a big March coming up, against the teams that are around us. It's easy to get yourself up for the games and the crowd to be behind you when the big teams come here.
"If we put in performances like that against the teams around us, we'll be fine come the end of the season.
"I'm not saying it's hard to get yourself up for a football game. But we've got to create a siege mentality at the stadium."
Stoke face another key game next weekend when they travel to Norwich.