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Ireland's Walters eyes up long FA Cup run with Stoke

IRELAND striker Jonathan Walters is hungry for more FA Cup success with Stoke City, if his side can get past League One side Rochdale tonight.

Walters is one of the survivors from the Stoke side which played in the 2011 Cup final at Wembley, and with big names like Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton already out the road is clear for a side such as Stoke to go on a run.

"It's a fantastic competition and one that we're proud of our achievements in from a few years ago," said Walters.

"Once you get a little taste of it you want it again. We've got a good chance of getting into the next round, but we mustn't underestimate Rochdale.

"Although they are a couple of leagues below, it's a cup tie and anything can happen. We've seen that for many years with every team so it's going to be a difficult game," added Walters, who played against clubs like Rochdale during his spells in the lower leagues.

"It's an exciting cup tie and out of all of the draws Rochdale is probably one that we would have wanted. But it's a cup game and anything can happen, we'll make sure we're bang at it," added the striker.

Rochdale include Irish players Joe Rafferty and Stephen Dawson in their squad for the meeting with Stoke, a chance for midfielder Dawson to square up against his former Ireland U21 team-mate Glenn Whelan.

And their manager Keith Hill has told the Spotland side not to fear their opponents.

"We're not taking on Stoke's finances and we're not taking on Stoke's league position in the Premier League - we're taking on eleven players that represent Stoke as a team.

"We've just got to take away all the sideshows and focus on what we do best and give ourselves the best opportunity to get something out of the game," said Hill.


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