Crouch: FA Cup is priority


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Peter Crouch has told of the importance Tottenham are placing on the FA Cup this season.

Spurs made it through to the fifth round after defeating Leeds 3-1 in their replay at Elland Road and will now face Bolton at the Reebok Stadium.

With Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool already out of the competition, only Chelsea remain of the traditional ‘Big Four’ and Crouch believes that a trip to Wembley could be a reality.

“We’re not stupid. We know a lot of big teams have been knocked out and it’s a great chance for someone to do well, get to the final, maybe even win it, so we’ve got to be there or thereabouts.

“We’ve got enough quality to go on a good run.

“It’s been a while for Tottenham and I think this is probably the best squad of players for a long, long time.

“We’ve got a good chance of having a good run.

“We’ve all got that belief that we can do well this year.

“There’s no limit to what we can achieve.

“On our day, we can beat anyone and we’ll be looking to make sure we do as well as we can in the league, but the FA Cup is certainly a priority.

“As a kid when I was growing up, the FA Cup was the biggest competition.

“Going all the way with Liverpool and lifting the trophy was probably the best moment of my career and I’d love to repeat that with Tottenham.”

Crouch also heaped praise upon his strike partner, Jermain Defoe.

Defoe grabbed a hat-trick as Spurs fought their way past Leeds, but also missed a number of glorious chances.

“He’s never going to let that affect him. He’s a top class player and he’s a goalscorer and he’s going to keep getting in there and getting in there, even if he misses and misses.

“To be honest, it’s very rare to see him miss.

“He’s a fantastic finisher and he proved that in the second half.”

Spurs are up against Aston Villa next and Crouch is expecting a tough match against their challengers for a top four place.

“Villa are there or thereabouts, right near us in the league and if we’ve got any aspirations of finishing fourth, we need to go there, certainly at White Hart Lane, and win games like that.

“They’re fighting for a Champions League spot, just like us.

“Three points for us and none for them gives us a bit of a gap, so that’s what we’re looking to do, certainly at home.

“When you’re a top side and you’re challenging for things there’s always big games because you can’t afford to drop points.”

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  1. Crouch is right. This is the benefit of having such a deep squad, being able to compete in not just the league, but the cup competitions as well. And we can assume that we won’t win the league, so we might as well attempt some other forms of silverware with so many quality players on our bench. Lets go for it!!!!


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