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'I just wish he was Welsh'

Stoke City Manager Tony Pulis

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18:35 29th September 2012

Pulis hails unplayable Crouch after Swansea win

TONY PULIS refused to be drawn into the debate about whether Peter Crouch should now be recalled by England after his matchwinning performance against Swansea City . . . but admitted: “I just wish he was Welsh.”

Pulis saw his £10 million record signing produce a first half double to sink the Swans at the Britannia Stadium and secure the Potters their first Premier League win of the season, taking his tally to five goals in as many matches.

It was hardly surprising that cries of ‘Crouchy for England’ rang out around the stadium as he set up the victory and went close to completing his hat-trick in the second half when he clipped the bar with a close range header.

“Crouchy was unplayable in the first half,” said Pulis after the 2-0 win over Swansea. “I’m just disappointed he didn’t get a hat-trick.

“The header with which he hit the bar in the second half is food and drink to him, so I thought it was in when he got up to meet the cross.”

City’s manager added: “I don’t really want to get into whether he should or shouldn’t be in the England squad. Roy Hodgson has a lot of experience. The last thing that he needs is me telling him what team to pick.”

Pulis was understandably delighted with the result as City gained their first win of the season after taking four points from five games.

“I thought we played exceptionally well in the first half and the worst thing that happened to us was half time,” he commented.

“We came out very slow and sloppy at the start of the second half and Swansea started to control the game for a period. Then we got back into it in the last quarter of an hour, 20 minutes when we could easily have scored again.

“With such a difficult start to the season, we badly needed to get a win from somewhere, so we’re delighted to have don that.

“That’s our third game at the Britannia Stadium this season after Arsenal and Manchester City, and we’ve got five points now. I think that’s now 10 matches we’ve now gone unbeaten at home stretching back to February.

“The lads deserve a lot of credit for what we’ve achieved so far and I thought their effort and commitment was excellent.”

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