After a scoreless first half that let most onlookers ruing another 30 minutes of football, Stoke City and Jon Walters have started extra time with a bang. Whereas the Potters had failed to convert a corner to open the last period, this time Walters puts his side in front, heading in the match's first goal.
Despite only one player from Saturday's match with Bolton making today's starting lineup, Stoke has held their own in Wales against Premier League aspirant Cardiff City, yet the absence of the likes of Kenwyne Jones and Mathew Etherington has left the Potters with a lack of cutting edge. Stoke still has set pieces, however, and in the 92nd minute, Walters redirected Michael Tonge's corner into the upper-left corner of Tom Heaton's goal, putting Stoke on track for the fourth round.
There, the winner of today's match will face Wolverhampton Wanderers, Mick McCarthy's side 5-0 winners over Doncaster Rovers earlier today. Now approaching the end of extra time's first 15 minutes, Stoke looks set to make it a perfect day for Premier League sides, holding on to their 1-0 lead.