Crouch hopes to move on from Arsenal defeat

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Peter Crouch is determined that Spurs put last week’s defeat at Arsenal behind them.

The forward has admitted that it was a big blow to suffer such a humiliation at the hands of Spurs’ arch rivals, but is trying to remain positive.

Spurs remain just three points behind Arsenal in the table going into Saturday’s match with Sunderland and Crouch believes that the match will go far in proving that Spurs are worthy of being up among the top teams in the division.

He told the official club website, “It was a local derby and we’re all so frustrated to have lost it. It was just down to goals that could have been avoided.

“For 42 minutes we matched them and the crowd was getting frustrated and if we’d managed to keep it to 0-0 at half-time it could have been a different game. But once they are 2-0 up, it’s so difficult to get back into the game.

“We now have to pick ourselves up. We’ve had a good season so far and we can’t let that result knock us back down because we’ve got enough ability here to kick on again, starting against Sunderland.

“It’s one defeat. Look at the other results: Man City drew, Liverpool lost and we’re still right up there in fifth.

“There are fixtures ahead that look winnable and if we’re organised and make sure we do our jobs we can get those points to push us right back into the mix again.

“The Sunderland match will be tough. I look at their squad and they have some strong players, good strength in depth and the manager is top class.

“He will demand the best out of his players. They seem to be going well this season and it’s another tough, tough fixture for us.”

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