Crouch: FA Cup priority for Spurs

Spurs made it through to a fifth-round tie at Bolton with a 3-1 win

in their replay at Leeds on Wednesday night. With only Chelsea of

the traditional big four left in the competition, a Wembley final

is a realistic target for Harry Redknapp’s men. “We’re not stupid,”

said Crouch. “We know a lot of the 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.” Crouch is one

Spurs player who has experience of winning the FA Cup, with

Liverpool back in 2006. “As a kid when I was growing up the FA Cup

was the biggest competition,” he said. “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.” Tottenham have

Jermain Defoe to thank for their place in the fifth round after the

England man scored a hat-trick to win the Elland Road clash. Defoe

missed a sackful of chances in the first half and could have more

to his name than the one that was cancelled out by Luciano Becchio

to send the sides in level at the break. “He’s never going to let

that affect him,” said Crouch. “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.” For now Tottenham must put their cup aspirations to

one side and concentrate on the league. Spurs are leading a clutch

of teams chasing the fourth Champions League spot, and next up on

Saturday they face a stern test of their mettle when fellow

hopefuls Aston Villa visit White Hart Lane. “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,” said Crouch. “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.”