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Goal of the day: Peter Crouch (Stoke) vs Man City

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch scored a wonder goal against Manchester City on Saturday night and it simply must be seen to be believed.

Peter Crouch celebrates with Stoke team-mate Jon Walters after scoring against Manchester City
Peter Crouch celebrates with Stoke team-mate Jon Walters after scoring against Manchester City

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The Potters were the first to break the deadlock at the Britannia Stadium and it was the unlikely figure of Crouch who delivered it spectacularly just before the hour.

It came via route one as a long clearance from Asmir Begović was met by Crouch and headed by Jermaine Pennant back to the lanky striker.

And the 31-year-old chested the ball down on to his knee and hit a stunning volley from 25 yards out that dipped into the top far corner, leaving Joe Hart no chance.

Yaya Touré's deflected effort from 35 yards in the 76th minute eventually saw the game end in a 1-1 draw, but that did not stop Crouch revelling in his strike.

He told ESPN: "It's probably the best goal I've ever scored.

"I always enjoy a volley but they don't normally fly in like that. Every day in training I practice volleying, and when the ball dropped I popped it up and went for it."

"Crouchy's goal was fantastic," Stoke manager Tony Pulis told reporters.

"He does that in training, it is not a one-off. Technically he is a very gifted young lad.

"I thought he was fantastic today, the best player on the pitch. He led us really with his spirit, attitude and commitment, never mind his technical ability."


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