Crouch: Back to basics for Stoke

Rory Delap scored the opening goal at the Britannia Stadium with a

glancing header from Jermaine Pennant’s free-kick before Glenn

Whelan and Crouch struck home to give the Potters a comfortable 3-0

lead. Ruben Rochina pulled a late goal back for Blackburn with a

superb 20-yard strike but it was scant consolation for Rovers boss

Steve Kean as his side remained firmly in the bottom three. Crouch,

who has been struggling with his fitness, was pleased to make a

scoring return. “I was pleased to get out there and declare myself

fit and get the win,” Crouch told Sky Sports 2. “We went back to

basics. We’re a good side when we close teams down and we’ve got

away from that in the past few games. “Both our wingers give us so

much in terms of going forward and the defence was fantastic. We

need that at home and throughout the season.” Stoke winger Matthew

Etherington believes the confident performance deserved the three

points. “The last few weeks haven’t been good enough and we worked

hard in training and we deserved it today,” he said. “It was down

to keeping a good shape as a team, working hard and pressing hard

as a team. “Obviously it was an opportunity to get a win and we

knew that at the start of the game. “Blackburn haven’t been on a

good run but I thought we did good things today as a team and we

deserved the win.” Blackburn manager Steve Kean was left to rue a

host of missed chances as his side failed to claim any points. “I

don’t think we played badly,” he said. “The balance of play in the

second half was much better and we were taking the game to Stoke.

“They’re not great goals that we have given away. I felt the third

goal was a very poor goal to give away but we kept at it and kept

creating chances and hopefully we can tighten up at the back.

“That’s the type of team we are, we make the chances. “Having said

that, on another day I think we could have got three or four