Peter Crouch admitted his ‘eyes lit up’ as he scored one of the best goals of his career in Friday’s Spurs XI friendly at Leyton Orient.
The striker produced a sublime turn to lose his defender, strode forward a few yards and rifled the ball home off the foot of the post from 30 yards.
‘Crouchy’ said he was delighted to open his pre-season account with a double as we ran out 4-1 winners at Brisbane Road – his first goal a powerful header from David Bentley’s corner – and insisted goals remained the all-important ingredient for all strikers.
“I was delighted with that one,” beamed the England man. “I got the first goal and confidence was high after that.
“I turned the defender and my eyes lit up - it was great to see it fly into the back of the net.
“It was important to get 90 minutes playing time in but if you can score a couple of goals, that brings a lot of confidence.
“It’s important as a striker to score goals. You want to get off to a flyer and hit the ground running when the season starts.”
Crouchy said he felt everything was on target on both personal and team fronts as the big kick-off in the Premier League looms ever closer – one final friendly back at the Lane against Athletic Bilbao this Saturday (5.15pm) and the league countdown is into its final week, with Everton our visitors on August 13.
“Most of the lads have eased their way in (to the pre-season friendlies), everyone got 90 this weekend and we all feel good,” he added.
“I can only speak for myself and I feel good, I feel fit and I'm looking forward to the season starting.”