Stoke City defender Andy Wilkinson is still on a high following the club's draw with Manchester United on Saturday.

After Nani's first half goal, Peter Crouch rose highest to equalise and the England forward could have won it for the Potters, only to see David De Gea claw away his close range effort.

Wilkinson himself brought the best out of the Spanish stopper, and with a vocal Britannia Stadium crowd behind them, the full-back couldn't help but be inspired.

"There seemed to be a buzz about us and I think it starts with the fans. It gives us a massive lift with them being as vocal as they are," said Wilkinson.

"I don't know whether it's because I'm local or not, but it certainly has an effect on me. In fact, I don't see how any player could say they don't get inspired by that kind of support."


The game left such a impression on the 27-year-old that he rates the match in his top three, despite picking up a late injury that makes him a doubt for Stoke's mid-week Europa League tie against Besiktas.

"It's where the attachment of the thigh to the hip joint is," Wilkinson explained.

"I felt something in the first half. Then late in the second half the lads were saying to go down, but I just didn't want to come off.

"You could argue we could have won it," he added.

"I did enjoy the game and it's definitely in my top three. It's got to be there with my Stoke debut and playing at Wembley this year... probably the semi-final more than the final because of how well we did that day."

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