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Time to bounce back

Posted on 13 April 2010  - 12:00

Peter Crouch says the team are determined to put the disappointment of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final defeat firmly behind them.

Time to bounce back

Peter Crouch says the team are determined to put the disappointment of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final defeat firmly behind them.

The striker had a frustrating afternoon against former club Portsmouth at Wembley, seeing a goal disallowed and a host of chances go begging.

But he has quickly turned his attentions to Wednesday's massive North London derby with Arsenal in the Premier League.

With a place in next season's Champions League still up for grabs, ‘Crouchy' knows we cannot dwell on our Cup heartbreak.

He said: "It was an extremely disappointed dressing room at Wembley after the game on Sunday because we knew we had a good chance to get to the final.

"But we're professional people and we have to make sure we put it behind us and get up for Arsenal.

"We were allowed to be disappointed on Sunday night, but now we're back in training and looking forward to Wednesday.

"We don't want to be down in the dumps and let our season just flitter away. We have to make sure we're up for it."

We go into the Arsenal game with a few bumps and bruises after Sunday's exertions, but ‘Crouchy' believes this should not play a part in the derby.

He added: "We've got a few injuries but our squad's big enough to cope. We've players with enough ability to come in and freshen things up. That can't be used as an excuse either."