If we could play Blackburn every week then maybe we wouldn’t have concerns over Peter Crouch! Crouchy spoke before yesterday’s game about his desire to continue his scoring record against them – he scored twice at Ewood Park last year and his only Premier League goal this season had come in our 4-2 win in December.
Harry reverted to a 4-4-2 last night, which was something that many fans had been hoping for. Crouch and Defoe took their places up front, with Van der Vaart dropping back. It was VDV’s pin-point cross that Crouch nodded in for the goal.
Redknapp was particularly pleased with Rafa’s contribution: “Van der Vaart has many qualities. I liked him on the right and their left defender left him to attack. Rafael was always after him and he probably tonight ran more miles than he has throughout his life. But he kept the space well filled and his passing was brilliant.”
So big Crouchy doubled his league tally last night but two goals is still a poor return. If though we keep going with 4-4-2 for the rest of the season, does this give him and the rest of the team the best chance to achieve their targets?