Crouch hopes to keep place

Stoke City

Stoke striker Peter Crouch hopes he has proved he can be a regular starter for the Potters at the age of 36.

Crouch has been a super-sub for the Potters this season and the club showed how highly they value him by tying him to a new one-year contract last week.

At that stage he was yet to start a Premier League game all campaign, but boss Mark Hughes named him in the team for last week’s defeat by Liverpool and he kept his place for the weekend’s victory over Swansea.

“I always felt I could still start games and hopefully I’ve proved that,” said Crouch. “It would be nice to have a little run now and stay in the team. That’s what I wanted and signing the contract was where I wanted to be as well.

“Hopefully I’ve proved myself, I’ve run about and put myself around so I’ve proved having played two games in a week that I’m fit enough to do things at this level. Hopefully there’s a role for me.”

Crouch was a nuisance to the Swansea defence all afternoon and created what proved to be the winner with a flick-on for Mame Diouf.

The pair started together up front, something Crouch hopes will become a more regular occurrence

He said: “I enjoyed it, I really did. It was nice to have someone like Mame reading the flick-ons and up there to help.

“Myself and him have different attributes and it can really work. Invariably I’ve played up front on my own and been isolated so to have a partner up there was a welcome relief.”