Stoke City: My goal is team's success, says selfless Crouch
PETER Crouch insists he has no problem sacrificing his goalscoring stats for Stoke's style of play.
City's £10m record signing admits he is left isolated on occasions, especially away from home, but says it is a price worth paying for the cause.
The England striker recently went seven games without a goal, but back-to-back efforts against Crawley and Swansea have now given him a respectable 10 for the season in 28 appearances ahead of today's clash with Norwich (3pm).
"We've got a way of playing which suits us," he argued. "We get after teams, pressurise them and get the ball into danger areas and create chances from there.
"We are not worried about other teams having possession, we let them have the ball and then break on them.
"Away from home you are sometimes up there on your own and you have to work hard for the team.
"You don't get the same chances, but you have to do a job for the team. Certainly at home, I feel I'll get chances."
Reaching double figures is a landmark he still cherishes in his 12th season in the professional game.
"Yes, it's 10 now and I'm obviously pleased to be scoring," he added.
"I've always said that if I get the chances, I believe I will score and hopefully I will from now on.
"In some games we have to defend and work for the team so I might not get as many chances, but in the last few games I have and have scored a couple of goals."
Midfielder Glenn Whelan will require a fitness test after taking a knock during Ireland's draw with the Czech Republic on Wednesday.
Manager Tony Pulis must also make a decision between Robert Huth and Matthew Upson in central defence.