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Peter Crouch's top-ten aim for Stoke City

PETER CROUCH says that securing a landmark top-ten finish this season would mean as much to the players as it would to the supporters.

The Potters have yet to end a Premier League campaign in the top-half of the table, but look on course to achieve that feat this term having established a three-point cushion between themselves and resurgent Crystal Palace, who currently occupy 11th position.

The 33-year-old is expected to spearhead the side against his former club Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, and is targeting maximum spoils from the encounter to all but cement what would be a historic top-ten finish.

"It is something that we, as players, are desperate to achieve because we want to progress and move forward and then build upon that in coming years," he revealed to Stoke City Player.

"If we keep winning then there is no limit to it. 9th is a possibility and even 8th is within our reach too if we can take advantage of the three games we have coming up.

"I always believed that we would finish the season strong, just as the manager did, and we have proven that by picking up a good total of points in recent weeks.

"Hopefully we can build upon that, and add a few more to the tally because there are a lot of objectives that we are hoping to achieve before the season ends."

Crouch insists the Londoners will be eager to maintain their own impressive run of form this weekend, having secured seven points from their last three games - netting an impressive 11 goals in the process.

"Having played for Tottenham they will come here and look to play on the front foot and impose themselves on the game - they will want the three points for sure," he added.

"But, that said, with our good home record and the fact that we have performed well against the big side's at the Britannia Stadium this season, I am confident of being able to get the result we are hoping for.

"It's a big game because we want to finish the season strongly, and from a personal point of view, it is one that I am looking forward to as well because it is against one of my old clubs too.

"I always look forward to playing against them, but the only priority for me is to help the lads get the right result for ourselves and maintain the good run of form we have shown recently."

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