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Display a 'one-off' - Crouchy

Peter Crouch is confident last night's performance and Carling Cup exit at United is no more than a blip in what he describes as a ‘fantastic season so far'.

Peter Crouch is confident last night's performance and Carling Cup exit at United is no more than a blip in what he describes as a ‘fantastic season so far'.

The striker entered the fray as a second half substitute at Old Trafford but could do little to turn the quarter-final around with United in command at 2-0 up after Darron Gibson's double in the first half.

Harry Redknapp described the encounter as ‘flat' and ‘like a friendly' and certainly after a bright start, United's second goal appeared to knock the stuffing out of us.

Despite plenty of effort in the second half we really only tested Tomasz Kuszczak once through David Bentley and there was a lack of fizz about the whole occasion.

"It was a bit of a strange game," admitted ‘Crouchy'. "We started really well in the first half-hour and if we'd have scored first it might have been a very different game.

"But they scored the first goal and at Old Trafford it's very hard to get that back. It was disappointing. Everyone was frustrated with how it went because it was the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup. We all wanted to progress and we have a good history in the competition that we wanted to continue.

"We've done fantastically well so far this season, this was a disappointment, hopefully it's a one-off and we now have to focus on the league and the FA Cup, starting with Everton on Sunday."