Stoke star looking forward to Bolton clash

Higginbotham scored the winner for Stoke in the quarter-final tie with West Ham at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday.

He said: “It’s a great feeling to have got to Wembley, we’re delighted and we’re just going to enjoy today, with a tough semi-final against Bolton ahead.

“West Ham are a great team, they showed that last week against us (when they beat Stoke 3-0 in the Premier League) but we thoroughly deserved it – we got stuck in.

“We got the lead and the second time we got it we were able to stay ahead.

“We’ve got great belief within the squad. We’ve had a disappointing run of games recently but we know we’ve got the character in there to come out of it.

“It’s a great club and it’s come on in leaps and bounds in the last few years.”