Goal of the Week – Peter Crouch for Stoke City against Manchester City
There’s little need for discussion or argument for this week’s Goal of the Week as the lanky striker’s stunning effort was immediately installed as a genuine Goal of the Season contender.
In many ways, the goal that threatens to de-rail the visitors’ title aspirations encapsulated many of Stoke City’s qualities. The spectacular opener may have come via a direct method but there was nothing crude about the end product. The England forward headed on a long clearance from keeper Asmir Begovic then took a return header from Jermaine Pennant by flicking up the ball and he then twisted to volley over Joe Hart from over 25 yards out.
It all happened without the ball touching
Tottenham Hotspur had won six league games in a row for the first time since 1990, equalling their best ever unbeaten run in the Premier League and must have fancied their chances against a Stoke City side who recently suffered a run of five defeats in six league and cup games.
However, Tottenham were undone by two goals from former Hotspur Matthew Etherington whilst the Stoke team also featured former players Jonathan Woodgate and Peter Crouch.
To complete the humiliation, Stoke boss Tony Pulis had been assistant to current Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp at AFC Bournemouth in 1991.
Congratulations to Stoke City!
This week's suspensions list includes Blackburn Rovers Steven Nzonzi who admitted an FA charge of violent conduct following an incident Ryan Shawcross during the match at Stoke City last Saturday.
Midfielder Ross Draper misses Macclesfield Town's FA Cup trip to Chelmsford City and Macc's following two games after their appeal following his red card at Barnet was rejected.
One Match Ban (03/12)