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Crouchy's goal

Posted on 13 August 2010  - 12:00

Peter Crouch expects Manchester City to challenge for honours this season - but is determined to put one over them again at the Lane on Saturday.

Crouchy's goal

Peter Crouch expects Manchester City to challenge for honours this season - but is determined to put one over them again at the Lane on Saturday.

The striker scored one of the most important goals of our recent history to secure a 1-0 win against City at Eastlands in May and therefore guarantee fourth in the Barclays Premier League and a play-off place in the Champions League.

The teams now meet again in a mouth-watering showdown to open the 2010-11 season, kicking-off at 12.45pm.

City, who finished fifth last term, have bought big again with the likes of Yaya Toure, David Silva, Jerome Boateng and Aleksander Kolorov joining an already-impressive squad.

But 'Crouchy' has told our official matchday programme that he believes this is a chance to get off to a flying start - just like we did against Liverpool last season.

"City are a fantastic side and I think they will prove it this season, I have a feeling they will be right up there challenging for things," said Peter.

"They are obviously stronger than last season now having strengthened their squad and today will be a difficult match for us.

"But when we are at our best, we can beat anyone so I feel we go into the game full of confidence.

"We showed last season what a big win on the opening day can do. Defeating Liverpool gave everyone a real lift and we realised after that result that we could go and have a really good season, which is exactly what happened."

As for that goal, Crouchy still has vivid memories of that Wednesday night in Manchester.

"That really was a great, great match, one of the best I've ever been involved in," he said.

"I've been lucky enough to score a few important goals in my career but that one is up there as one of the most vital. It just means that, providing we get through the play-off, we will have a season of Champions League football with some mouth-watering matches to look forward to.

"As I ran behind the goal in celebration, I just remember looking into our supporters and seeing the pure joy on their faces. It was a special moment for me and for all of them too!"

Look out for the full interview with Crouchy in Saturday's new-look, 100-page official programme that also features Harry Redknapp's exclusive column, a 12-page special as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famous 60-61 double, pre-season action, Gudni Bergsson, Jason Cundy and much, much more.