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Peter Crouch seen with black eye while out with Abbey Clancy

Where did you get that shiner, Crouch Stoke striker spotted with black eye after ending goal drought

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

15:56 GMT, 23 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:31 GMT, 23 April 2013

Having returned to his previous club last weekend, it looks like Peter Crouch may have picked up a few battle scars to get back to scoring ways.

The Stoke striker netted just his second goal since September when he struck at relegation threatened QPR on Saturday, but he has since emerged with a mystery black eye.

Eyesore: Peter Crouch leaves Liverpool Dental Spa with daughter, Sophia

Eyesore: Peter Crouch leaves Liverpool Dental Spa with daughter, Sophia

Eyesore: Peter Crouch leaves Liverpool Dental Spa with daughter, Sophia

The former England international was seen leaving Liverpool Dental Spa today with his wife Abbey Clancy, who is a regular, and daughter Sophia where the bruise underneath his right eye was clear to see.

Having started the season with five goals from his first seven games, Crouch’s season has tailed off, with his only goal before Saturday coming in a 2-2 draw with Wigan in January.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis had backed the former Tottenham hitman to rediscover his scoring touch, as he said before the QPR game: There's been a while, especially after his injury, where Peter has not performed to the level he was at before.

Eyesore: Peter Crouch leaves Liverpool Dental Spa with daughter, Sophia

Eyesore: Peter Crouch leaves Liverpool Dental Spa with daughter, Sophia

‘He had a good start to the season and looked a real handful. Hopefully he will be back to what he was in the next five games.’

Crouch came off with a minute to go at QPR but should be in line to face Norwich at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Battle scar: Peter Crouch celebrates scoring at QPR last Saturday

Battle scar: Peter Crouch celebrates scoring at QPR last Saturday

Steven Taylor puts off Asmir Begovic during Newcastle v Stoke

VIDEO: Watch Taylor put off Begovic by clowning around before Cabaye free kick

By
Angus Paterson

PUBLISHED:

00:24 GMT, 11 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:12 GMT, 11 March 2013

Steven Taylor is known as an eccentric sort and he proved why on Sunday as Newcastle faced Stoke.

The Newcastle defender was spotted clowning around in front of Asmir Begovic as he tried to put the Potters keeper off before Yohan Cabaye's free kick.

And maybe it worked, because the French midfielder sent a peach of a strike over the wall and in to the top corner.

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Sneaky: Steven Taylor (centre) put off Asmir Begovic (left) before Yohan Cabaye's goal

Sneaky: Steven Taylor (centre) put off Asmir Begovic (left) before Yohan Cabaye's goal

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has once again urged England manager Roy Hodgson to take a look at the centre back.

The 27-year-old, a former captain of his country at Under-21 level, was one of the stand-out performers as the Magpies fought back from a goal down to defeat the Potters 2-1 in the Barclays Premier League at St James' Park.

Pardew said: 'He was immense today. Steven Taylor gave a performance of England standard today.

'They really do need to have a look at him at centre-half because I think it's a problem position for England and his performance against [Peter] Crouch and everything else that they threw at us today – because we had no height in the team.

Belief: Alan Pardew thinks Roy Hodgson should consider the defender for England

Belief: Alan Pardew thinks Roy Hodgson should consider the defender for England

'Steven Taylor had to do everything today on that side of it and he was brilliant.'

Taylor's hopes of winning recognition at senior international level have not been helped by a succession of injuries over the years, although he has been on the fringes of the squad in the past.

Pardew admitted earlier this season that keeping the Greenwich-born, Tyneside-raised defender fit is something which may require a tailored approach.

However, he has few doubts about his ability and firmly believes he has what it takes to warrant serious consideration.

Clowning around! Steven Taylor puts off Asmir Begovic

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QPR sign Yun Suk-young

QPR sign South Korean left-back Yun as Redknapp continues to strengthen

, before then going on to make his full international debut in October.

Yun has been linked to a number of clubs in recent times, including west London rivals Fulham, but has joined QPR on for an undisclosed fee from K-League side Chunnam Dragons.

The left-back has been granted a work permit and will be eligible to play for the Rs once he obtains a visa.

London calling: Yun arrives at Heathrow last week ahead of his move

London calling: Yun arrives at Heathrow last week ahead of his move

Yun joins fellow January acquisitions Loic Remy and Tal Ben Haim at Loftus Road, where he links up with countryman Park Ji-sung.

The defender may be the first of several signings before the transfer deadline tomorrow, with Peter Crouch, Christopher Samba and Etienne Capoue amongst those on QPR's radar.

Darren Bent Stoke City transfer target

Get Bent! Stoke favourites to sign 10m Villa striker after Lambert hauls him off at half-time

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

10:38 GMT, 30 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:10 GMT, 30 January 2013

Stoke are leading the chase to sign Darren Bent after the striker was substituted at half-time during Aston Villa's 2-1 loss at home to Newcastle last night.

The England international has started just seven Premier League games this season with Villa boss Paul Lambert preferring to use Christian Benteke as a lone striker.

He was given a chance last night but Lambert was clearly not impressed.

Benched: Bent was ineffectual against Newcastle on Tuesday night

Benched: Bent was ineffectual against Newcastle on Tuesday night

Up to eight Premier League clubs are known to be monitoring Bent's situation but Villa, who fell into the bottom three after last night's defeat, do not want to sell to clubs near the foot of the table.

Stoke do not fall into that category and if they are prepared to meet Villa's 10million asking price then Bent could be theirs.

The 28-year-old's 75,000-a-week wage
demands could prove a stumbling block but with both Villa and Bent keen
to part ways a deal could be forced through before the transfer window
shuts tomorrow night.

Out of favour: Lambert has preferred Benteke to Bent up front this season

Out of favour: Lambert has preferred Benteke to Bent up front this season

Out of favour: Lambert has preferred Benteke to Bent up front this season

Bent, who has 16 caps for England, cost
Villa 18m rising to 24m only two years ago but they are prepared to
cut their losses and let the former Sunderland and Tottenham man leave.

Stoke's pursuit of Bent has been stepped up as QPR attempt to lure Potters striker Peter Crouch back to Loftus Road.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis confirmed he received an inquiry from his QPR counterpart Harry Redknapp about Crouch.

'Harry has rung me up and asked me about the possibility,' Pulis said.

Wanted man: QPR are hoping to bring Crouch back to Loftus Road

Wanted man: QPR are hoping to bring Crouch back to Loftus Road

'I have spoken to Peter about it and
then it is up to Peter whether he wants to go. Peter is very happy here
and he has made that clear.

'The important thing for me is that if he does want to go, it has to be right for us and also we have to make sure we have someone who will come in and do the same job.

'To do all that over two days is going to be ever so difficult.'

Cristiano Ronaldo incredible hat-trick record for Real Madrid

Ronaldo has struck an incredible 19 HAT-TRICKS for Real Madrid since 2010… and his latest one is just perfect


August 28 – Zaragoza (A) League 24, 71, 87 (won 6-0) 63min
September 24 – Rayo Vallecano (H) 39, pen 51, pen 84 (won 6-2) 45min
October 22 – Malaga (A) 23, 28, 38 (won 4-0) 15min
November 6 – Osasuna (H) 23, pen 54, 58 (won 7-1) 35min
December 17 – Sevilla (A) 10, 41, pen 85 (won 6-2) 75min
February 12 – Levante (H) pen 45, 50, 57 (won 4-2) 12min
April 11 – Atletico Madrid (A) 25, 68, pen 83 (won 4-1) 58min

2012-2013
September 30 – Deportivo La Coruna (H) pen 23, 44, pen 84 (won 5-1) 61min
October 3 – Ajax (A) Champions League 42, 79, 81 (won 4-1) 41min
January 9 – Celta Vigo (H) Copa del Rey 3, 24, 87 (won 4-0) 84min
January 27 – Getafe (H) League 62, 65, pen 72 (won 4-0) 10min

How does Ronaldo's perfect hat-trick compare to these

Peter Crouch (Liverpool v Arsenal 2006/2007)

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea v Tottenham 2001-2002)

Joel Pohjanpalo (Perfect hat-trick in three minutes 19 seconds for HJK Helsinki)

WILL OLD TRAFFORD'S BOBBLY PITCH SLOW HIM DOWN

The inconsistent playing surface at Old Trafford has caused difficulties at times for Manchester United this season – so much so that Darren Fletcher has not been able to play on it.

But it could prove a blessing in disguise when Real Madrid – and ex-United star Cristiano Ronaldo – come calling in the Champions League next month.

The less-than-perfect pitch is coming towards the end of its lifespan – having been laid six years ago.

And it was again noticeable on Saturday, when large areas started cutting up during United's FA Cup tie with Fulham.

Muddy: The Old Trafford turf kicks up as Javier Hernandez shoots during the recent match with West Ham

Muddy: The Old Trafford turf kicks up as Javier Hernandez shoots during the recent match with West Ham

But it won't be re-laid until the summer – meaning Ronaldo and co will have to make the best of it as they try to get past United into the last eight.

Earlier this month, Sir Alex Ferguson said the surface had 'collapsed' and that it was so heavy, Fletcher, who was trying to make a return following a bowel condition, was unable to make progress.

Ferguson said: 'We have had six great years out of the pitch. Our groundsman, Tony Sinclair, has done a fantastic job. But it is looking tired now and I think we will have a new pitch in the summer.'

Best goal of 2012: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Papiss Cisse, Neymar, who will win?

Who scored the best goal of 2012 Drogba, Neymar and Ibrahimovic are all in with a shout… here are Sportsmail's top 10

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14:40 GMT, 31 December 2012

Compiling a list of the greatest goals of the year is always tricky. It’s difficult to judge whether a magnificent dribble leading to a solo goal is better than a searing volley from 30 yards out.

But come the end of the year it’s time to decide which strikes make the cut and which must fall by the wayside. This collection has been chopped and changed a-plenty, but this is what we’re sticking with.

Only two of FIFA’s three Puskas award short-listed goals are present and correct – apologies and an honourable mention to Radamel Falcao.

We only have space for 10 goals on this list but if you believe other strikes deserve to be recognised then have your say in the comment section below.

Whose was the best 2012 saw some spectacular and brilliant goals and Sportsmail lists the top 10

Whose was the best 2012 saw some spectacular and brilliant goals and Sportsmail lists the top 10

10. Peter Crouch (STOKE v Man City)

People love to stick the boot in on Stoke because of their 'dour' brand of football. But they have offered some magic moments too during their time in the top flight.

Earlier this week we saw Cameron Jerome score an absolute rocket against Southampton. And in March Peter Crouch dealt Manchester City a setback in the title race.

We know now that it didn't stop them winning the Premier League, but at the time this wondergoal gave Man United the chance to open up a three point lead at the top.

Crouch nodded Asmir Begovich's long punt to Jermain Pennant who nodded it back and then the giant striker teed himself up and lashed in a stunning volley from an awkward angle past Joe Hart.

9. Simon Cox (NOTTINGHAM FOREST v Birmingham)

In the 1998 World Cup quarter-final clash between Holland and Argentina, Dennis Bergkamp scored a delightful goal, controlling a long pass expertly and finishing with aplomb.

Nottingham Forest and Ireland striker Simon Cox evoked that spirit against Birmingham in the Championship. Yes, the stage was smaller but the skill was no less admirable.

Cox took one touch to kill Lewis McGugan's long ball and then adjusted instantly to delicately flick it over the helpless Jack Butland.

8. Rodrigo Palacio (GENOA v Lazio)

Did he mean it That was the question everybody was asking when Rodrigo Palacio, now of Inter, scored this gem.

The Genoa striker's cute backflick from this corner floated over the surprised Lazio keeper and sank into the net.

Some say it was luck, others judgement. Sportsmail falls in the latter camp and will give the Argentina hitman the credit this effort deserves.

7. Gaston Mealla (NACIONAL POTOSI v The Strongest)

Colombian goalkeeper Rene Higuita made it famous at Wembley in 1995. But keeping the scorpion kick revival movement going in 2012 was Nacional Potosi striker Gaston Mealla. (See also THIS hilarious scorpion kick own goal for last year's effort).

During a Bolivian league match between his side and The Strongest, an under-hit dink forward was set to land behind the striker on the edge of the box. But Mealla cared not for his team-mate's mistake.

His stupendous athleticism salvaged the situation and helped create a bizarre and beautiful goal.

6. Neymar (SANTOS v Internacional)

Santos' much sought-after Brazilian demonstrated just why Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City all are willing to splash the cash on him with this bewitching solo goal against Internacional.

He picked the ball up in his own half surged at 100 miles-per-hour past, round and through anybody who stood in his way, before nudging the ball home.

Note – Hatem Ben Arfa's effort in the FA Cup against Blackburn was a contender for the list, but the Newcastle man just missed out to this. A tough call to make.

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5. Didier Drogba (Bayern Munich v CHELSEA)

Picture the scene. Chelsea are 1-0 down in the Allianz Arena and the stadium is bouncing. Bayern Munich are on the cusp of winning the Champions League trophy on their own turf.

With two minutes to go Juan Mata floats in a corner from the right. Everything seems to stand still as the ball drops in towards the near post. Everything that is, except Didier Drogba.

The Chelsea striker leaps for the ball and sends a venomous header in at the near post in front of the Blue corner of the stadium. To get so much power into the ball from such an awkward position makes this one of the finest headers of all time – before you even forgetting the circumstances.

An honourable mention goes to Ramires, Drogba's team-mate whose superbly weighted lob against Barcelona in the semi-final earned the Blues passage to Munich.

4. Philippe Mexes (AC MILAN v Anderlecht)

Philippe Mexes is supposed to be a defender. So how on earth did this happen

AC Milan were beating Anderlecht 1-0 in the Champions League when the centre-back doubled the lead with something a little bit special.

The Frenchman chested Riccardo Montolivio's ball away from goal and then flipped it accurately into the top corner with a precisely executed overhead-kick.

Milan's general manager Adriano Galliani waxed lyrical about the strike, and said: 'If Leo Messi had scored that, every news channel around the world would show it and he'd have been made a saint tonight!'

He's probably right.

3. Miroslav Stoch (FENERBAHCE v Genclerbirligi)

He's not the biggest name on the list, but he scored one of the finest goals.

Bringing to mind Zinedine Zidane's Champions League final volley and Paul Scholes' effort against Aston Villa, Fenerbahce winger Miroslav Stoch made Turkish league opponents Genclerbirligi pay.

Stoch stayed cool to pull the trigger on a 25-yard volley which swerved away from the goalkeeper and zipped in to the top corner.

This goal has been nominated for the FIFA Puskas award, along with Neymar's effort. At the Ballon d'Or ceremony on January 7 the winner will be revealed.

2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (SWEDEN v England)

This is certainly the most famous goal of 2012.

Yes, it's Zlatan Ibrahimovic's simply ridiculous propeller kick against England, which also happened to be his fourth goal of the game.

He defied gravity as he tossed his 6ft 4 frame into the sky with abandon, to caress the ball sweetly into the net.

There's an arguement to be made that Mexes' effort was trickier because he had a goalkeeper to beat – here Hart is in no-man's land – but this is from further out and far more awkward to hit.

The Swedish superstar had, until this friendly which his side won 4-2, previously been maligned by a fair few people on British soil, who thought he was over-rated and arrogant (OK, so the last part is still true).

This incredible goal was the cherry on the cake which he gleefully stuffed down the gaping mouths of his detractors.

1 Papiss Cisse (Chelsea v NEWCASTLE)

On a cold spring evening in May, Papiss Cisse warmed the cockles of Newcastle's travelling fans and delighted football fans the world over with this simply stupendous effort.

With one momentous swing of his right boot, he destroyed Chelsea's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League through a top four finish and secured himself a place in every 'Greatest Goals' DVD release between now and the end of time.

Every time you watch his outrageous volley, which spins past the thoroughly bewildered Petr Cech, it just gets better and better.

Perhaps the previously lethal Senegal striker decided he could never top this because it seems like he's stopped trying this season. You could forgive him, because this would be the highlight of anybody's career.

Stoke 1 Everton 1: Match report

Stoke 1 Everton 1: Fellaini could face retrospective FA action after headbutt

PUBLISHED:

16:51 GMT, 15 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:16 GMT, 15 December 2012

Kenwyne Jones' first Barclays Premier League goal in 16 months ensured Stoke emerged with a point from their clash with their fellow draw specialists Everton.

The Potters fell behind in the 36th minute through an own goal from captain Ryan Shawcross, who inadvertently nodded in a Steven Pienaar cross.

Jones, retaining his starting place up front with Peter Crouch again named as a substitute, equalised in the 52nd minute, heading Shawcross' long-range delivery past Tim Howard.

Embarrassment: Stoke's Ryan Shawcross stands dejected after scoring an own goal

Embarrassment: Stoke's Ryan Shawcross stands dejected after scoring an own goal

Match facts

STOKE: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Cameron, Walters, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Etherington (Kightly 84), Adam (Jerome 72), Jones (Crouch 76). Subs not used: Sorensen, Palacios, Whitehead, Upson.

Goals: Jones 52

Booked: Begovic

EVERTON: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Naismith (Barkley 69), Osman, Gibson, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic. Subs not used: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Vellios, Duffy.

Goals: Shawcross (o.g) 36

Referee: Mark Halsey

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The previous time Jones – who also hit the post – had netted in the top flight was in August 2011.

A draw was probably a fair result for
both ninth-placed Stoke and fourth-spotted Everton, although the
visitors might have had Marouane Fellaini sent off if the match
officials had spotted the midfielder's apparent headbutt on Shawcross in
the second half.

And, given that the sides had drawn
eight top-flight games each this season before the encounter, it perhaps
came as little surprise that the points were shared.

Everton made a lively start to the
contest, with Nikica Jelavic seeing his shot from Seamus Coleman's
tee-up blocked by Shawcross in the ninth minute.

Two minutes later the visitors
appealed for a penalty when Pienaar's strike appeared to hit Glenn
Whelan's arm, but referee Mark Halsey waved for play to go on.

Pull your finger out: David Moyes speaks to Steven Pienaar (centre) as he celebrates Everton's goal

Pull your finger out: David Moyes speaks to Steven Pienaar (centre) as he celebrates Everton's goal

The previous time Jones – who also hit the post – had netted in the top flight was in August 2011.

A draw was probably a fair result for
both ninth-placed Stoke and fourth-spotted Everton, although the
visitors might have had Marouane Fellaini sent off if the match
officials had spotted the midfielder's apparent headbutt on Shawcross in
the second half.

And, given that the sides had drawn
eight top-flight games each this season before the encounter, it perhaps
came as little surprise that the points were shared.

Ruthless Huth: Marouane Fellaini (left) is about to feel the full force of a Robert Huth challenge

Ruthless Huth: Marouane Fellaini (left) is about to feel the full force of a Robert Huth challenge

Everton made a lively start to the
contest, with Nikica Jelavic seeing his shot from Seamus Coleman's
tee-up blocked by Shawcross in the ninth minute.

Two minutes later the visitors
appealed for a penalty when Pienaar's strike appeared to hit Glenn
Whelan's arm, but referee Mark Halsey waved for play to go on.

The Potters could only respond with tame efforts from outside the box by Matthew Etherington and Jones.

One in the eye: Stoke's Andy Wilkinson holds off Pienaar

One in the eye: Stoke's Andy Wilkinson holds off Pienaar

Just after the half-hour mark,
though, they passed up a clear opportunity when Whelan swung in a
corner, Jon Walters headed the ball back and an unmarked Steven Nzonzi
could only nod it into the arms of Howard.

Soon after Shawcross was on hand to
hook Steven Naismith's goal-bound attempt away from danger, before
Howard – making his 200th consecutive league appearance – dived to keep
out a curling Etherington shot.

Stoke's defensive record has been
formidable and they had only let in two goals at home in the league this
term going into this game.

Jump to it: Kenwyne Jones (left) tangles with Sylvain Distin of Everton

Jump to it: Kenwyne Jones (left) tangles with Sylvain Distin of Everton

It was, therefore, somewhat fitting
that, when Everton managed to make a breakthrough, it was not a Toffees
player who scored. Instead, the ball went over Asmir Begovic and in
having come off the head of the unfortunate Shawcross, who had been
trying to clear Pienaar's cross.

Having gone in front, Everton swiftly
looked to go for the jugular and Leon Osman really should have made it
2-0 but blasted wide from Leighton Baines' cut-back, drawing an angry
reaction from his manager David Moyes.

Honours even: Charlie Adam (right) and Everton's Leon Osman battle for the ball

Honours even: Charlie Adam (right) and Everton's Leon Osman battle for the ball

Stoke appeared full of purpose after
the restart and within three minutes, Howard was called into action to
save a mis-hit close-range volley from Charlie Adam.

Another four minutes passed before the American was beaten as Jones headed home from Shawcross' long ball into the box.

Having broken his long scoring
drought in the league, Jones looked in the mood for more and moments
later he dinked the ball over Howard, only to see it hit the woodwork.

Heading home: Kenwyne Jones powers home to put Stoke level

Heading home: Kenwyne Jones powers home to put Stoke level

Showing the strain: Stoke manager Tony Pulis

Showing the strain: Everton manager David Moyes

Showing the strain: Stoke manager Tony Pulis (left) and his Everton counterpart David Moyes

Everton then seemed lucky to escape
punishment, with Fellaini appearing to headbutt Shawcross as the two
players marked each other in the box.

The Stoke man was left lying on the
turf, but the officials took no action. Potters boss Tony Pulis shuffled
his attack by introducing Cameron Jerome for Adam and Crouch for Jones,
and the two new men were soon in the thick of the action.

Glaring miss: Kenwyne Jones (left) fails to score from close range

Glaring miss: Kenwyne Jones (left) fails to score from close range

With 12 minutes of normal time
remaining, Jerome found himself through on goal and saw his shot come
off the legs of Howard, with Crouch's follow-up lob then being headed
away by Sylvain Distin.

Another Potters substitute, Michael Kightly, struck off-target in the closing stages, as did Pienaar at the other end.

Peter Crouch: I thought I"d look like Joe Jordan

It's a good job I'm married… I'd be struggling with these teeth, jokes Crouch

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UPDATED:

09:51 GMT, 8 December 2012

Stoke striker Peter Crouch has joked that he's glad he's married otherwise he'd be struggling to attract girls after having two teeth knocked out.

The 31-year-old suffered the blow, which has left him having to wear a brace and, for matches, a gum shield, in a challenge with Fabricio Coloccini.

'The last week has been pretty horrendous,' he told the Daily Mirror. 'My teeth came out in my hand.

Sore one: Peter Crouch lost two teeth in a collision with Fabricio Coloccini

Sore one: Peter Crouch lost two teeth in a collision with Fabricio Coloccini

'Thankfully there was a dentist in the crowd, a season ticket holder who works for the club, who came down and acted very quickly. He saved them.

'I thought I was going to end up looking like Joe Jordan! I've never had to a wear brace before, not even when I was a teenager..

On the mend: Crouch has endured a painful week

On the mend: Crouch has endured a painful week

'I’ve had a lot of sympathy from her
[wife Abbey Clancy] but I said when I had them knocked out it’s a good
job I’m married, otherwise I’d be struggling!'

Former Scotland forward Jordan lost
his two front teeth early in his career while at Leeds and, though they
were replaced by dentures, he played without them for safety reasons

Peter Crouch set to return for Stoke this weekend after visit to dentists

EXCLUSIVE: Crouch set to return this weekend after visit to the dentist's chair

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UPDATED:

14:42 GMT, 4 December 2012

Peter Crouch will have a mouth guard fitted at a top London dentist on Wednesday in a bid to return to Stoke’s strike force for their trip to Aston Villa on Saturday.

Crouch lost two front teeth while another two were pushed into his gums after being caught in the mouth by Fabricio Coloccini’s flailing arm in Stoke’s win over Newcastle last week.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis joked ahead of Saturday’s victory away to West Bromwich Albion that his towering striker was desperate to ‘sink his teeth into them’.

Lost his bite: Peter Crouch lost two front teeth after a collision with Fabricio Coloccini (below) in Stoke's win over Newcastle last week. He is expected to return this weekend after having a mouth guard fitted

Lost his bite: Peter Crouch lost two front teeth after a collision with Fabricio Coloccini (below) in Stoke's win over Newcastle last week. He is expected to return this weekend after having a mouth guard fitted

Stoke City's Peter Crouch (L) and Newcastle United's Fabricio Coloccini jump for the ball

But Crouch was deemed unfit to play at The Hawthorns as Dean Whitehead’s goal was enough to register Stoke’s fourth win in five games.

Should all go according to plan in the dentist’s chair then Crouch will return to training with his club on Thursday.

It remains to be seen whether Crouch will require further work to repair the damage but Stoke’s top scorer is clearly determined to fight tooth and nail to be involved at Villa Park this weekend.

West Brom 0 Stoke 1 match report – Dean Whitehead scores winner

West Brom 0 Stoke 1: Whitehead strikes late to further dent Baggies' flying start

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UPDATED:

17:32 GMT, 1 December 2012

Stoke continued their dominance against West Brom as substitute Dean Whitehead scored a late winner in the Barclays Premier League clash at The Hawthorns.

Whitehead converted a cross from fellow substitute Michael Kightly to earn the Potters their first away league win since January.

Tony Pulis' side have taken 13 points from the last five games, while for the fifth-placed Baggies it was a second setback in the space of 72 hours following Wednesday night's 3-1 loss at Swansea.

Job done: Dean Whitehead scores the decisive goal for Stoke

Job done: Dean Whitehead scores the decisive goal for Stoke

Chase is on: Markus Rosenberg (right) attempts to hold off Ryan Shotton

Chase is on: Markus Rosenberg (right) attempts to hold off Ryan Shotton

MATCH FACTS

West Brom: Myhill, Reid, Olsson, Popov, McAuley, Yacob (Brunt 81), Dorrans, Mulumbu, Gera (Odemwingie 64), Rosenberg (Lukaku 64), Long

Subs not used: Daniels, Ridgewell, Tamas, Morrison

Stoke City: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Shotton, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam (Whitehead 65), Etherington (Kightly 59), Jones, Walters

Subs not used: Sorensen, Upson, Wilkinson, Palacios, Edu

Booked: Huth, Shawcross, Adam

Goal: Whitehead 75

Referee: Friend

Attendance: 24,739

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Stoke's victory means Albion have
failed to defeat them in front of their own fans for nine years and they
have triumphed only twice in the last 30 league meetings.

They have won all four Premier League encounters at The Hawthorns without conceding a goal.
Kenwyne Jones made his first Premier League start of the season in place
of the injured Peter Crouch and was a constant threat to the West Brom
defence.

Albion drew a blank at home for the
first time this season and seldom looked like finding a way through the
Stoke back four in which skipper Ryan Shawcross was outstanding.

Youssouf Mulumbu gave his usual solid display in midfield while defender Gareth McAuley made several crucial challenges.

But Albion lacked their usual spark
in the attacking third of the pitch as they missed the opportunity to
reclaim third spot after Chelsea's lunchtime defeat against West Ham.

West Brom head coach Steve Clarke
made six changes from the side beaten at Swansea in midweek and handed a
debut to Sweden striker Markus Rosenberg.

Sliding in: Ryan Shawcross goes in hard on Graham Dorrans

Sliding in: Ryan Shawcross goes in hard on Graham Dorrans

Battle: Robert Huth (left) attempts to take the ball from the feet of Shane Long

Battle: Robert Huth (left) attempts to take the ball from the feet of Shane Long

Tussle: Dorrans tries to find a way past Steven N'Zoni at The Hawthorns

Tussle: Dorrans tries to find a way past Steven N'Zoni at The Hawthorns

ones came close to breaking the deadlock in the 14th minute after a quiet opening to the game.
The Trinidad & Tobago international got on the end of a cross from
Geoff Cameron and directed his header back across goal and only inches
wide of the post.

Shawcross produced a fine tackle to
halt the run of Graham Dorrans on the edge of the Stoke box after a
reverse pass from Rosenberg.

Robert Huth blocked a fierce drive
from Mulumbu after Dorrans had found him in space but neither goalkeeper
had a save to make in the opening half-hour.

Huth became the first player to be yellow-carded after 35 minutes for bringing down Shane Long.
Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic had to back-pedal to parry a speculative dipping 40-yard attempt from Steven Reid over the bar.

Charlie Adam became the second Stoke player to be booked a minute before half-time for a foul on Zoltan Gera.

Goal-den boy: Tony Pulis puts his arm around his goalscorer

Goal-den boy: Tony Pulis puts his arm around his goalscorer

Wheeling away: Whitehead (left) and Jon Walters (right) celebrate

Wheeling away: Whitehead (left) and Jon Walters (right) celebrate

Shawcross followed him into referee Kevin Friend's notebook shortly after the restart after bringing down Long.

Begovic dealt comfortably with Jonas
Olsson's looping header from Long's cross as clear-cut chances continued
to be at a premium.

Pulis replaced Matthew Etherington with former Wolves winger Michael Kightly after 59 minutes.
Clarke then brought on forward players Romelu Lukaku and Peter Odemwingie for the ineffective Rosenberg and Gera.

Hounded: Goran Popov (right) is pursued by Walters

Hounded: Goran Popov (right) is pursued by Walters

Come here: Youssouf Mulumbu (right) leaves Charlie Adam in his wake

Come here: Youssouf Mulumbu (right) leaves Charlie Adam in his wake

McAuley produced a superb tackle inside the Baggies box to halt Jones in full flight.

But after 75 minutes Stoke broke the deadlock after a rare mistake by Jonas Olsson.

The centre-back tried to keep the
ball in play when challenging Jones but only succeeded in finding
Kightly. He ran unopposed into the Albion area and his low cross was
turned home by Whitehead.

Begovic parried a Dorrans drive but Stoke held out with relative ease for the three points.