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Hughes insists Crouch staying at Stoke

STOKE CITY 2 ASTON VILLA 1 Eleanor Crooks

Published 22/12/2013|02:30

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Stoke manager Mark Hughes insisted Peter Crouch will not be leaving the club in January after he propelled the Potters into the top half of the Premier League table.

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The former England striker scored the winning goal in the 70th minute at the Britannia Stadium as Stoke made it back-to-back home wins in the league.

Half-time substitute Charlie Adam had given the hosts the lead in the 51st minute before a poor header from Erik Pieters allowed Libor Kozak to level 15 minutes later.

Crouch has been linked with a move to join up with either of two former managers -- Harry Redknapp at QPR or Tony Pulis at Crystal Palace -- with Stoke reportedly chasing Hannover striker Mame Biram Diouf.

"He's not going anywhere in January," Hughes said. Crouch was named man of the match, and Hughes added: "He obviously gives us a focus to our attacking play.

"Sometimes you have to take hits for the team. That's what Peter did today. He's an accomplished football player."

Irish Independent

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