The return of Super Jon

Posted by James Whittaker

Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty ImagesJonathan Walters, right, celebrates with Cameron Jerome, left, during Stoke City's FA Cup replay win over Crystal Palace.

Jonathan Walters put his nightmare from the weekend to rest as he fired Stoke into the fourth round of the FA Cup setting up a Britannia showdown against 2011 Cup final opponents Manchester City.

- Walters glad to overcome Chelsea nightmare
- Stoke relishing Man City rematch

Stoke will be keen to avenge their recent drubbing at the hands of the Premier League champions and will feel much more comfortable facing that challenge in their own back yard where they are an entirely different prospect. Indeed, the blue half of Manchester have failed to beat any Stoke side at the Britannia since our return to the top flight, so Tony Pulis will be cautiously optimistic of progressing to the latter stages of the competition, provided he plays the best side available to him.

The manager continues to frustrate in that respect. And while Peter Crouch was perhaps deserving of a start to stake his claim, his impact was scarce in the first leg of the tie as he remained entirely ineffective throughout. The difference made by Kenwyne Jones on his introduction was as clear as the nose on your face, and within minutes of coming on, he had hit the post and scored our first goal. In fact, his introduction saw every other forward player improve, bar Michael Kightly who had arguably his worst game for us since... the away leg.

The movement of Jones and Cameron Jerome caused Palace huge problems and given how easy it had been for them over the previous three halves of football against us, it's clear to see that their introduction was the catalyst to our extra time revival. The team for our visit to Wales on Saturday, as well as the visit of Manchester City, picks itself based on the evidence of the last month or two. In order to be the best we can be, it is clear to all and sundry that we must partner Walters and Jones as the front two and play two wingers.

Saturday gives Pulis a great opportunity to put the disappointment of the last couple of weeks behind him, and while Swansea have been excellent this season, he will no doubt have identified this as a match where he is hopeful of three points. If Jones and Walters are reunited up top, then we'll have the best chance we can of doing exactly that.

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