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Peter the great!

Posted on 26 August 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp was delighted to see Peter Crouch fire us into the group stages of the Champions League.

Peter the great!

Harry Redknapp was delighted to see Peter Crouch fire us into the group stages of the Champions League.

The striker scored a hat-trick as we beat Young Boys of Switzerland 4-0 in the second leg of our play-off at White Hart Lane.

Peter eased any early nerves with a fifth-minute opener to level the aggregate score at 3-3 and in doing so, put us ahead in the tie via our two away goals from the first leg.

Jermain Defoe rifled home a second before the break to put us in the overall lead and 'Crouchy' completed a night to remember by bagging his second and third for 4-0 on the night, 6-3 on aggregate and to take home the matchball from the first Champions League fixture at the Lane.

Now we can look ahead to the draw for the group stages, which takes place on Thursday night, 5pm UK time.

"It was a great hat-trick from Crouchy," said boss Harry.

"He is a top, top player. He holds the ball, he scores goals, he leads the line well, he's a top professional and a great guy.

"I was delighted for him to come out and score three goals and he took them well. It was a great performance."

Coincidently, Crouchy's treble is only our second in the European Cup/Champions League.

The previous hat-trick came almost 50 years ago - September 20, 1961 - in our first European Cup campaign when Cliff Jones achieved the feat in the famous 8-1 win against Polish side Gornik Zabrze.

Crouchy