EVERTON fan Jon Walters took great delight in scoring Stoke’s winner over Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium but was quick to pay tribute to the rearguard action which secured all three points.
The Wirral-born 27-year-old smashed home the 20th-minute penalty which gave the Potters back-to-back home league wins over the Reds for the first time since 1968.
Having missed from the spot at Norwich late last month, the Republic of Ireland international took no chances as he drilled his shot straight down the middle after referee Mark Clattenburg ruled Jamie Carragher had pulled him over.
“I said to myself if I win another one I’ll get up and take it and there was no putting it in the corner, it was blast it straight down the middle,” he said.
Inflicting Liverpool’s first defeat of the campaign was particularly sweet for a player from an Evertonian family.
“It’s a Blue family so they are all happy,” added Walters, who was born in Moreton.
“The majority of my family are Evertonians, although my wife’s father is a Red. I’m a bit happier because I’m a Blue.
“A goal’s a goal but it is always sweet to score against Liverpool really. My brother was here – he’s a Blue and he was made up.”
From the moment the home side went ahead they found themselves on the back foot, particularly in the final 20 minutes, but their resilience held to make it eight matches unbeaten this season in all competitions.
That was partly due to the determination of lkeeper Asmir Begovic and centre-backs Ryan Shawcross and Matthew Upson, who between them in one crazy 15-second spell midway through the second half blocked three shots from Jordan Henderson and two from Charlie Adam.