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Wednesday 3rd October 2012 13:43

Crouch: due an England recall?

Crouch: due an England recall?

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Stoke FanZoner Tim Ward is glad the club's Premier League campaign is finally up and running.

Stoke finally break their Premier League duck

After a longer wait than most Stoke City fans would've liked, the Potters finally secured their first win of the season at home to Swansea.

Before the long awaited first victory there was still reason for optimism for Stoke. Pulis' men were unfortunate to not leave Stamford Bridge with at least a point and matches versus Arsenal and the champions Manchester City did little to dispel the fact that the Britannia Stadium is a very difficult place to get a win.

Anything less than a win over the Welsh side and nerves may well have set in - especially as Stoke's next two games are away at Liverpool and Manchester United. Anything more than zero points from those two matches would be an unexpected treat.

Stoke's fixtures between that trip to Old Trafford mid-December make good reading. Home matches against Sunderland, QPR, Fulham, Newcastle and Everton could well all be won and away games at Norwich, West Ham, WBA and Aston Villa should see a rarity for Stoke City - away points.

pundits

One player who has started the season in fine form is Peter Crouch. His brace against Michael Laudrup's team took his tally for the season to five in five leading to a few ex-pros and pundits to suggest the big man might be due an England recall.

One thing Stoke have lacked is goals. Only 36 were scored in the league last season and only once in their Premier League history have the Potters scored more than two. Crouch's goals - whether powerful headers, scuffed scrambles or goal of the season volleys - are vital to the Potters. Jonathan Walters is all energy, but is hardly prolific, Michael Owen is still getting up to full match fitness while Kenwyne Jones and Cameron Jerome are only bit-part players.

With Crouch's goals and a increasingly strong looking midfield of Adams, Kightly, Nzonzi and Whelan Stoke City have cause for optimism for the rest of the season and the thoughts of finally securing a top ten finish might become a reality.

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