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Key spell - Crouchy

Posted on 14 January 2010  - 12:00

Peter Crouch feels we're about to enter a key phase of the season.

Key spell - Crouchy

Peter Crouch feels we're about to enter a key phase of the season.

With our trip to Liverpool re-arranged for next Wednesday, January 20, it means we now have a run of five games in the space of a fortnight.

We kick-off with Saturday's home clash against Hull followed by Anfield, our FA Cup fourth round tie at home to Leeds on January 23, Fulham at the Lane on Tuesday, January 26 and finally Birmingham City at St Andrews on Saturday, January 30.

"It's an important run of games," said Crouchy. "There are no easy games there by any means - there never is - but there are home matches that we can pick up maximum points in and really push ourselves up the league.

"Manchester City won quite convincingly (4-1 against Blackburn) the other night and are looking quite strong now, Liverpool will always be there or thereabouts, Villa as well, so we've got to keep putting pressure on these teams.

"If we continue to win, we'll be right in amongst it at the end of the season."

The five-game run starts with the visit of Hull to the Lane for a 3pm kick-off this Saturday.

The Tigers are currently in the relegation zone and having shown signs of a recovery in November, have gone seven games without a win in all competitions.

However, they fought back for a point after trailing 2-0 at Bolton last time out in the Barclays Premier League and Crouchy expects a tough test against a side fighting for survival.

"Hull have struggled but they've enough to get out of their situation," he added.

"The home defeat against Wolves was certainly a lesson for us and Hull have some dangerous players as well but on our day at White Hart Lane we'll be expecting to win."