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Peter Crouch on a high as Stoke City turn on style

Aston Villa 1 Stoke 4

Robert Jones

Stoke striker Peter Crouch was delighted he got on the scoresheet with his ninth goal of the season in a 4-1 victory over Aston Villa and believes his side are improving.

The Potters moved into the top half of the Premier League table following the victory at Villa Park.

Christian Benteke gave the home side the lead early on with his 11th goal of the season, but Peter Odemwingie brought Stoke back level as he chested Crouch's header down and sent it through Brad Guzan's legs with a close-range finish.

Less than five minutes later, Crouch handed Stoke the lead as he poked the ball home from the centre of the 18-yard box before Steven Nzonzi added their third just before the break and Geoff Cameron netted their fourth late on.

Man of the match Crouch said: "It was very pleasing the way we played, considering we were a goal down. At the start of the season we might have collapsed but we showed we've definitely improved.

"We passed the ball really well and we controlled pretty much the majority of the game and came out deserved winners."

Odemwingie praised his strike partner Crouch.

"I'm really enjoying it," he said. "It's a great group, I'm really happy off the pitch as well and they have received me very nicely.

"I was really happy playing in the same team as Peter, I knew I would get balls off him and the quality he possesses and it makes things easier for us around him."

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