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Crouch tasked with centurion goal

Stoke manager Mark Hughes is backing striker Peter Crouch to join the Barclays Premier League's ton-up club.

With two goals in his last two matches, and eight for the season, the 33-year-old now has 86 overall to his name in his top-flight career.

Hughes sees no reason why Crouch cannot go on to claim 100, saying: "I would think he can.

"He's playing exceptionally well at the moment. He did really well against Southampton, got a goal, and again against Swansea.

"He's an experienced player and 86 Premier League goals takes some doing. That shows the quality of striker Peter is."

Hughes believes in playing a different style, which offers Crouch greater support, notably from Jonathan Walters and Charlie Adam, and that has played a significant role of late.

"He's enjoying what we are doing, what's happening around him. He's getting more opportunities," added Hughes.

"At times he has been isolated and we haven't been able to give him the support he's needed.

"As his strength is his ability in the air and to bring other people into the game, you have to play the right way to get the best out of him.

"Now he's got more support around him which is going to help him and us."

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