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Crouch hails his century of goals as Stoke make a point

Stoke City 1-1 Everton

By Phil Medlicott

Peter Crouch scored for the 100th time in the Premier League - celebrating with his famous robot dance - before a Ryan Shawcross own goal gave Everton a draw at Stoke.

Crouch's landmark moment came in the seventh minute when the veteran striker tucked home a close-range finish.

The Potters had chances to add to their lead before the visitors drew level six minutes prior to half-time as the ball was struck goalwards by Seamus Coleman and went in off Shawcross.

Crouch said: "You're not thinking about 100, you're just thinking about scoring for the team.

"It's great to get in, there's some fantastic players in that 100 club, players I look up to, and it's great for me personally.

"I was stuck on 96 for a while and it was frustrating because I wasn't playing."

New Stoke signing Saido Berahino came off the bench for his debut in the second half and saw an effort cleared away by Ramiro Funes Mori late on, and home goalkeeper Lee Grant subsequently made an excellent save to keep out a Tom Davies header.

The point apiece sees seventh-placed Everton and Stoke, who are up to ninth, extend their unbeaten runs to six and four league games respectively.

And it was Stoke who looked to be feeling the benefits of a rest early on as they settled quickly and grabbed the lead via Crouch.

Marko Arnautovic latched on to Charlie Adam's long pass and squared the ball to Crouch, who slotted home a simple finish before celebrating his milestone with his well-known 'robot' routine, much to the delight of his team-mates and the Stoke fans.

But the hosts saw their lead disappear just before the break due to a goal it initially appeared would not be awarded, the flag going up when Coleman struck the ball.

A few moments later referee Craig Pawson, after speaking to his assistant, signalled that it was a goal, and replays of the incident showed that, while Lukaku may have been offside, it was not he but Shawcross who the ball had hit on its way in.

STOKE: Grant, Bardsley, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters, Whelan, Allen (Berahino, 67 mins), Afellay, Adam, Arnautovic (Ngoy, 89 mins), Crouch. Unused subs: Muniesa, Bony, Imbula, Given, Edwards.

Everton: Robles, Holgate (McCarthy, 46 mins), Williams, Funes Mori, Coleman, Davies, Barkley, Schneiderlin, Baines, Lukaku, Mirallas (Lookman, 69 mins). Unused subs: Jagielka, Lennon, Barry, Valencia, Stekelenburg.

Referee: Craig Pawson

Man of the match: Peter Crouch

Match rating: 6/10

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