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Crouch vows to help misfiring Berahino

Stoke City 2 Southampton 1

By Liam Blackburn

Peter Crouch knows exactly what Saido Berahino is going through and has assured his Stoke team-mate his goal drought will eventually come to an end.

Potters striker Berahino has not scored in the 32 games he has played since February 2016 and missed his fourth successive penalty in that period when Fraser Forster saved his attempt in Stoke's 2-1 win over Southampton on Saturday.

It was Crouch, brought on for Berahino, who struck the winner five minutes from time but he had sympathy for the man he replaced given his struggles in front of goal.

Crouch was in that very position at the start of his Liverpool career in 2005 and it took him until December to open his account for the Reds having gone over 24 hours of football without scoring for club and country.

He went on to net seven times that month but his drought is one Berahino can relate to, even down to the penalty Crouch had saved during his fruitless run.

"I've actually spoken to him," Crouch said.

"I've been there myself at Liverpool. I took the ball off Steven Gerrard once (for a penalty against Portsmouth) and missed as well when I was going through a little barren spell.

"I speak from experience. He will come through it. He works hard in training, he's always doing finishing. It's just not going for him at the moment but he's a good player and he'll come through it I'm sure."

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