Walters urges Stoke to improve 'bad' away record

The striker is surprised at the Potters' contrasting fortunes on the road, but insists that the issue has not affected team mentality ahead of a trip to Craven Cottage

Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters has urged his team-mates to improve the Potters' disappointing away record ahead of their Premier League clash at Fulham on Saturday.

Tony Pulis' side have triumphed just once in their last 22 trips on the road, and have picked up just nine points this term with a sole victory coming against West Brom in December.

Walters is surprised by the contrast in his team’s fortunes away from the Britannia Stadium, but was adamant that the issue had not affected the team’s attitude.

“I didn’t realise the away record was that bad,” Walters told Sky Sports.

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“There’s no [psychological barrier]. We don’t go into any game thinking anything except trying to get a result.”

And the Ireland international admitted that him and his Stoke team-mates must step up their efforts away from home, not least for the sake of the club’s travelling support.

Walters said: “It would be something nice to improve on. Well, we can only improve on it really.

“The Stoke fans spend a lot of money and they are working-class people, so it would be nice to give them a win on the road.

“We’ve got to keep chipping away at that record and if we can keep our home form going, then we can have a good end to the season.”