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Sixth sense

Posted on 6 October 2010  - 12:00

Peter Crouch knew Rafael van der Vaart would be in the right place at the right time to capitalise on his headed assists against Villa.

Sixth sense

Peter Crouch knew Rafael van der Vaart would be in the right place at the right time to capitalise on his headed assists against Villa.

The pair combined twice as we came from 1-0 down to topple Gerard Houllier's impressive side at the Lane on Saturday.

They were carbon-copy goals in a tough Premier League encounter.

‘Crouchy' first headed Roman Pavlyuchenko's cross back across the six-yard line where Rafa outjumped Richard Dunne to equalise just before the break and, in the second half, the big man was there again to meet Aaron Lennon's cross and Rafa swooped to smash home the winner.

It was exactly the same story in the Champions League win against FC Twente last week when Tom Huddlestone clipped a cross to the far post and Crouchy headed back for Rafa to spin and volley home the opening goal.

"Rafa's an extremely clever player," said Peter. "He seems to read the knock downs and the passes and always reads the game so well.

"That's why he's been at the top for such a long, long time. He finished both chances so well and he's a great player.

"The fans are starting to see how good he is and they seem to love him already."

Crouchy couldn't underline enough the importance of the three points not just after a Champions League midweek match, but also against a team expected to be right in the shake-up for a place in the top four this season.

"They've got great players and the manager told us before the game if we weren't at it, we could get punished," added Peter.

"So it was a great result, especially after going a goal down.

"Villa are a resilient side, very difficult to break down so the lads deserve full credit for turning it around.

"Having won in the Champions League as well and experiencing such a high, it was important to get a good result.

"We've got a long break now for internationals and it would have been annoying to have to sit and stew on it if we hadn't won."