PETER CROUCH believes Stoke City have all the ammunition needed to launch an assault on the top ten of the Barclays Premier League this season . . . after securing their opening victory of the campaign on Saturday.
The England striker bagged a well-taken brace to secure maximum points for the Potters against Swansea City at the Britannia Stadium and, in the process, prolong their unbeaten run at home in the League to ten games.
Whilst Crouch has been delighted with his goalscoring exploits so far this term, he admits to being even more impressed with the way that the side have gelled together so quickly over the opening six weeks of the campaign.
“It was great to get the goals obviously; as a striker you want to score, so it is always nice when the chances come along and you take them,” he told Stoke City Player.
“It would have been nice to have scored a hat-trick, I had a couple of opportunities, but it just didn’t drop in for me. I can’t complain though, because we got the win and that was always the biggest thing for us today.”
He added: “It’s fantastic to see the Club progressing as we are doing. The manager has made some very shrewd signings this summer and I think we are gelling together extremely well now.
“The performances have been there over the past four or five weeks, but we just haven’t been rewarded with the results we deserved. Hopefully this win will set us up to push on and hopefully get into the top half of the league.”
The former Liverpool star will be looking to maintain his magnificent goalscoring run at Anfield next weekend, but he knows that the side are in for a tough afternoon, especially given the fact that Brendan Rodgers’ side chalked up an emphatic 5-2 win of their own at Norwich over the weekend.
“I will look forward to going back to Liverpool, I always do,” he smiled. “I had some great times there and it’s a Club that I will always have a fondness for.
“Like ourselves, they will probably feel their points tally doesn’t reflect their performances so far this season, so we know it will be a tough game for us.
“Any game in this League is tough, and we have already done well against Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea, so we can go there with no fear and give it a go.”