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Pulis keeping the faith in Walters' penalties

February 25, 2013
By Ian Edwards

Tony Pulis will not remove Jon Walters from penalty-taking duties at Stoke City, despite another costly failure.

Jon Walters Stoke penalty miss v Fulham
PA PhotosJon Walters has been an inudstrious mainstay in the Stoke starting XI for 78 games in a row

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Walters' miss against Fulham on Saturday - his fourth in his last ten attempts - cost Stoke their chance of ending a 22-game run without an away victory.

It was his second miss this year, after failing to convert from the spot against Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium. Despite the poor conversion rate of the striker, the Potters boss is happy to allow Walters to remain the club's penalty taker - unless there is a decision made among the squad in the dressing room.

"If Walts wants to step up and take the penalty, that's up to him," Pulis said. "I've never been one to stop them taking them if they want to. I am sure that he will have the confidence to take it when we get another penalty."

Meanwhile, Pulis feels United States international Brek Shea will be better for the experience of getting his first taste of Premier League football at Craven Cottage.

"He's still a bit short of match sharpness, but he looks like he understands the game and that gave him the opportunity to see what the league is like," Pulis said. "He found out how tough it was, but he will be better for that. I think he was surprised how quick and physical it was, but it was an opportunity to show what he can do."