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Crouchy looks ahead

Posted on 5 April 2010  - 12:00

Peter Crouch's focus turned immediately to Wembley after Sunderland as the big striker insisted: "We've got to bounce back as quickly as possible."

Crouchy looks ahead

Peter Crouch's focus turned immediately to Wembley after Sunderland as the big striker insisted: "We've got to bounce back as quickly as possible."

Saturday's 3-1 defeat at the Stadium of Light represented our first loss in 10 matches and only our third in the last 23 in all competitions.

We now enter a key run of games - Portsmouth in the semi-finals of the FA Cup at Wembley on Sunday (April 11) followed by Premier League crackers against Arsenal (April 14) and Chelsea (April 19) at home and then United at Old Trafford (April 24).

"We've got some important fixtures coming up now so we'll work hard this week and start by trying to get the right result next weekend," said ‘Crouchy', who got us back into the game with his first touch after coming off the bench on Saturday.

"Sunderland was a big disappointment but we've done well this season especially away from home, where we've won games people might have thought we'd lose.

"We'll pick ourselves up and make sure we finish the season strongly."

Sunderland got off to the perfect start with Darren Bent's opener inside a minute and when the former Spurs striker slotted a penalty for 2-0 we faced an uphill battle with only a third of the game gone.

Heurelho Gomes incredibly then saved two penalties from Bent and after creating a few chances following a reshuffle at half-time, Crouchy headed home for 2-1 with 20 minutes left.

A comeback looked on in an open game but it wasn't to be and Sunderland wrapped up a 3-1 win in style via Bolo Zenden's spectacular volley.

"They scored three goals and had a few more chances, so we're all disappointed to come away and lose like that," added Peter.

"It was difficult after that start and once they went a goal up their confident grew, the crowd was right behind them and we gave ourselves a mountain to climb. When we pulled a goal back I thought we had a real chance of coming back but the third goal killed the game."