Date: 4th January 2017 at 3:11pm
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Peter Crouch and Ryan Shawcross have both been giving their thoughts following victory yesterday evening over Watford.

Hosting the side at the Bet365 Stadium both players of course found themselves on the scoresheet in the two nil victory with Shawcross scoring first before Crouch took himself to within two goals of 100 Premier League strikes in his career.

Speaking to the Official Website in his own post game press conference – and beginning with Crouch simply because it’s the window I’ve got open – the 35 year old explained.

‘We’re pleased, especially after the last couple of games. There have been some positives in the defeats but tonight it was all about the result. It wasn’t the prettiest of games but we’ll take it.’

With the opener coming when it did in the game, Crouch went on to say he felt it had been incredibly well timed to set up the second half of the game.

‘That first goal was so important. They came here to defend and hit us off long balls and set pieces so getting the goal at that time really settled us down and I always felt like we were going to get the second.’

Of course moving onto 98 Premier League goals and being two shy of the 100 club had to take a comment or two.

‘It’s great for me. I haven’t played much in the last 18 months and it has been very frustrating but I have always believed in myself and have always known I can impact games at this level. Thankfully the manager has thrown me in for these last few games and hopefully I have proven that I can still do it at this level and I will keep playing.’

As for Shawcross, he was obviously delighted with the final result especially after recent disappointments that he felt had been harsh on us given performances.

‘It was a fantastic win. It was what we needed; there has been a lot of frustration around the place after two disappointing results but we have come through it and that game was all about the three points.’

A first half of few opportunities ended perfectly as he put the ball in the back of the net, and like Crouch he believed the timing was perfect going into the break.

‘It is something that we try and work on a lot to get across the front on set pieces. I swung at it with my left foot and luckily enough Mame was able to get out of the way and it managed to go in. Crouchy really settled the nerves with the second goal and I thought we were pretty comfortable for the win.’

With his goal being the first in more than two years he went on to say he continued to aim for at least five a season even though he’s never quite reached those dizzying heights.

‘I should be getting a lot more goals. I have been disappointed with my tally over the last couple of years and I’m hoping to get a few more between now and the end of the season. I set myself a target of five goals but I have never been able to achieve it since I have been here. I go up for every corner and I get enough chances so it is up to me to finish them.’

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