Belfast Telegraph

Pulis salutes 'magnificent' Crouch

Stoke boss Tony Pulis hailed Peter Crouch after the club's record signing opened his Potters account with the equaliser in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United at the Britannia Stadium.

Crouch, recruited for £10million from Tottenham last month on transfer deadline day, headed home Matthew Etherington's corner seven minutes into the second half, cancelling out Nani's 27th-minute strike for the visitors.

"I thought he was magnificent and that is why we spent decent money on him," Pulis told

"The other players will learn off him because he has got tremendous technique. At times they (United) just could not handle him."

United struggled throughout the contest to get to grips with Crouch, who might have had a hat-trick.

That he did not was partly down to his own finishing - he admitted afterwards he felt he "could have got the winner, but then you can't be greedy" - as well as the efforts of Red Devils goalkeeper David de Gea, who managed to deflect one close-range attempt from the 30-year-old over the bar.

De Gea had earlier pulled off superb saves to tip Andy Wilkinson's drive onto the woodwork and push Jon Walters' shot wide.

The Spaniard has endured a tough start to the season and looked unconvincing at times on Saturday when high balls came into the box, but he certainly demonstrated his shot-stopping skills, something that did not escape the attention of Pulis.

"In the first half I thought the two saves the goalkeeper made...people have been questioning him, but they were two wonderful stops," Pulis said.

"The one off Wilkinson must be the save of the season so far."


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