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Peter Crouch in focus

Peter Crouch made a record 143rd Premier League appearance as a substitute when he came on for Stoke against Brighton on Monday.

The former England striker was introduced in the 73rd minute of the 2-2 draw at the Amex Stadium and, here, Press Association Sport assesses his contribution.

IMPACT

The lanky forward won his first header and then secured a free-kick out on the right for Stoke. He also showed a couple of neat touches, one back-heel in particular caught the eye, to prove there is still plenty of life left in the 36-year-old.

GOAL THREAT

Crouch's threat from set-pieces was evident from Darren Fletcher's 79th-minute corner, but his downward header lacked power and precision - albeit from a difficult angle - as it tamely went out for a goal kick. He was also inches away from connecting with a volley from Mame Diouf's cross.

OVERALL

The big man had very little time to find a winner for the visitors, but his presence certainly gave Brighton's defence something to think about. Stoke were on the front foot for large parts after his arrival without creating a clear-cut opportunity.

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