Friday 15 December 2017

Walters coy on Stoke future after dramatic shoot-out win over Luton

Stoke City's Jonathan Walters
Stoke City's Jonathan Walters
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Jon Walters confirmed that he is waiting for the right offer from Stoke before committing his future to the club after helping them scrape past Luton in the Capital One Cup.

The Premier League side came through against their League Two hosts by virtue of a 8-7 win in a tense penalty shoot-out where Stoke rode their luck.

Scott Griffiths smashed his sudden-death effort off the bar, much to the relief of Shay Given. Marc Wilson, who made his first start of the season, and Walters both scored their efforts.

Walters had earlier hit the target in normal play en route to a 1-1 draw. His future is in doubt as he has been unable to reach agreement with the club on the proposed length of a new deal with Norwich monitoring the situation. "If the deal is right then I'll sign it - we'll see what happens," he said.

Jack Grealish starred for nervy Aston Villa as they needed extra-time to find a way past another League Two side, Notts County. Scott Sinclair was on target three times in a 5-3 win. Talented Dubliner Graham Burke struck for County against his former club.


Villa will play local neighbours Birmingham in the next round, one of two interesting derby encounters after the draw also pitted together Spurs and Arsenal.

Elsewhere, Jermaine Defoe notched a hat-trick for Sunderland in a dramatic 6-3 win over Exeter City. Unhappy Black Cats boss Dick Advocaat didn't have much reason to cheer up before the break as his side - which included John O'Shea - conceded three to the League Two side to go in level at the interval.

However, the gulf in class eventually shone through with Defoe taking home the match ball and Jack Rodwell completing a brace. Rivals Newcastle cruised past Northampton 4-1.

Preston completed a minor shock by knocking out Premier League Watford with a 1-0 triumph at Deepdale. Cork's Alan Browne played a full part for the Championship outfit.

Watford were the only top-flight operation to go out on the night although West Brom, like Stoke, kept their nerve in penalties to break the hearts of Port Vale.

Ipswich will travel to Manchester United in the third round following a 4-1 win at Doncaster which also went to 120 minutes with David McGoldrick amongst their scorers. Ex-Shels midfielder Adam McDonnell featured for 98 minutes after Mick McCarthy gave him a big opportunity.

League Cup - Third Round Draw

Middlesbrough v Wolves, Norwich v West Brom, Hull v Swansea, Leicester v West Ham, Aston Villa v Birmingham, Tottenham v Arsenal, Manchester United v Ipswich, Liverpool v Carlisle, Crystal Palace v Charlton, Fulham v Stoke, Sunderland v Manchester City, Newcastle v Sheffield Wednesday, Reading v Barnsley or Everton, Preston v Bournemouth, Walsall v Chelsea, MK Dons v Southampton.

(Ties to be played in the week commencing September 21)

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