Irish international Jonathan Walters scored the perfect hat-trick as they defeated QPR 3-1, but the reaction on Twitter wasn't overly positive for the memorable feat.
On his 200th appearance for the Potters, Walters became the first Stoke player ever to score a Premier League hat-trick and the first top-flight hat-trick by a Potter since 1984.
The match ball was claimed in the final minute when he wrapped up the scoring and becomes the first Irish player to net three goals since Leon Best did so for Newcastle United in 2011.
The goal takes his tally to seven for the season, level with the likes of Danny Ings and Yaya Toure, but that did not stop the criticism from certain quarters.
Walters has averaged a goal every four games for the Potters despite playing considerable amount of time in a wide position.
Imagine conceding a Jonathan Walters hattrick. hahaha— EFC Stats (@EFCStats) January 31, 2015
If you're a Premier league team conceding a hat trick to Jonathan Walters it's about time you liquidated tbh— Matt Constable (@MattConstable97) January 31, 2015
Jonathan Walters scoring a hat trick at any level is a sad day for football— Antaine Lancaster (@Antainel92) January 31, 2015
QPR should get relegated with immediate effect for letting Jonathan Walters score a perfect hat trick— Jimmy Grimmble (@Ludothekid) January 31, 2015
Jonathan Walters has just scored a trick past us !!! Let that sink in #QPR— robbie adams (@robbieadams6) January 31, 2015
Jonathan Walters getting a Hat-Trick... That's it, footballs no longer a sport worth watching #WorstPlayer— Andy Meddings (@MeddingsAndy) January 31, 2015
Any team that lets Jonathan Walters score a hattrick should never be allowed to play football again. Not even for charity.— Mesut Özil (@ParvesKoyes) January 31, 2015
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