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The Potters striker has emphasised the importance of remaining grounded as a professional football and not to allow things to have an affect

Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters has stressed the importance of maintaining a level head in football and said that it is crucial to be able to 'move on' from events in the game.

The 29-year-old Republic of Ireland international scored two own goals and missed a late penalty in his side's 4-0 Premier League loss against Chelsea on January 12, before scoring two crucial goals in the Potters' 4-1 FA Cup victory over Crystal Palace three days later.

"It's been a funny few days for me, without doubt," Walters told stokecityfc.com following the game against Crystal Palace. "But it's just important not to get too high with the highs and too low with the lows."

He continued: "In football you have ups and downs, but you have to try and remain level headed at all times - because if you don't then you get affected by things.

"I was confident coming into the game [against Crystal Palace], there was never an issue about that. What happened on Saturday [against Chelsea] happened on Saturday and you just have to move on," added the striker.

Stoke City will face Swansea in the Premier League on Saturday January 19 at the Liberty Stadium.

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