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Delight for Crouchy

Posted on 10 April 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp was delighted to see Peter Crouch bounce back from his Madrid nightmare to score twice against Stoke - and praised the fans for playing their part.

Delight for Crouchy

Harry Redknapp was delighted to see Peter Crouch bounce back from his Madrid nightmare to score twice against Stoke - and praised the fans for playing their part.

The striker cut a forlorn figure as he trudged off at the Berbabeu having received two yellow cards and therefore a red just 15 minutes into Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final, first leg.

But he took just 11 minutes to banish those memories with a towering header from Roman Pavlyuchenko's cross to open the scoring in Saturday's 3-2 win at the Lane.

'Crouchy' scored a textbook header to make it 3-1 after 35 minutes and was later a key figure as we repelled a number of Stoke's set-pieces in the final minutes as the visitors chased an equaliser.

Luka Modric added a fine second goal in a fantastic first half display but Stoke hung in there with two excellent goals against the run of play from Matthew Etherington and Kenwyne Jones.

"It was great to see Crouchy score and I was delighted for him," said Harry. "He needed that.

"To see him get two goals was fantastic. He’s had a bad week and the big fella doesn’t deserve too many bad weeks, he’s a good person, a good player and I was delighted for him."

The White Hart Lane faithful certainly gave the striker a lift with a rousing reception when his name was announced in the team line-up just before kick-off.

"That was massive for us," added Harry. "Crouchy got a great reception and he knew the fans were on his side.

"You have to give credit to the supporters of this club.

"I've seen supporters before who would turn on someone if they got sent off but they gave him a great reception and got right behind the team.

"They created a fantastic atmosphere and made the difference. The fans deserve all the credit."