Stoke can go all the way – Walters

Walrers was one of several new players to arrive at the Britannia

Stadium during the summer transfer window and scored his first goal

for the club in last month’s Carling Cup second round victory

against Shrewsbury. Having picked up a knock to his ankle in

Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham, Walters may well be rested in

the third round against Fulham tonight, and the 27-year-old feels

Tony Pulis has enough options at his disposal for the side to make

a big impact in the competition. “When you look at our squad, we

have a realistic chance of going all the way,” Walters told the

club’s official website. “The cup competitions are fantastic for

the players because they give you an opportunity to do something

special and possibly go on to win some silverware. “You obviously

need the luck of the draw, but we do have the quality here to cause

any team problems, and when the game is a one-off, anything can

happen.” He added: “We would love to go to Wembley, play in a final

and win major honours, which is what you want as a professional

footballer. “Whether it is this season or another season, hopefully

I can help this football club to achieve something.” Fulham

demonstrated their cup pedigree by reaching last season’s Europa

League final, and with Mark Hughes’ side still unbeaten this term,

Walters is expecting them to provide a stern test. “They have some

very good players, so we know how difficult it is going to be,”

Walters said. “They have had a decent start to the season, and they

know how to handle cup competitions. Just look at how they

performed last season in Europe.” Walters was one of three Stoke

players to come off with an injury at the weekend, along with

Kenwyne Jones (groin) and Jermaine Pennant (hamstring). Potters

assistant manager Dave Kemp has confirmed that none of the cases

were serious and that if not for tonight’s game, the trio should be

in contention for Sunday’s trip to Newcastle in the Premier League.