Hughes: Crouch header as good as Kane’s

The Stoke City manager thinks his striker's goal was just as good as Tottenham hero Harry Kane's effort.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes thinks Peter Crouch’s headed equaliser was as good as Harry Kane’s in the North London derby, according to FourFourTwo.

Youngster Kane was the star of the show in his side’s defeat of Arsenal on Saturday, with his superb headed second proving to be the winner for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

Meanwhile Crouch came off the bench to score his header against Newcastle late on, rescuing his side a point in the process, and now football fans are debating which of the headers was the better goal.

However, it is obvious where the Stoke manager’s allegiances lie, as he was quick to praise the talents of striker Crouch.

"I think somebody mentioned over the weekend that Harry Kane is the only player who scores that type of goal," Hughes said.

"But that's an oversight on Peter Crouch who's been doing that for years. It's a great ball from Geoff Cameron and a fantastic header."

34-year-old Crouch recently signed a new two-year contract at the Britannia, which will see him stick with the club until 2017, having joined them four years ago from Tottenham.

The nomadic striker has scored five goals in the Premier League so far this season, although most of his appearances have come from the bench. Despite that, his ability to influence a game has not diminished.

Now, his manager has praised the strikers ability to still impact a game whether starting or appearing as a substitute, and insisted that he is still highly valued by himself, and more importantly, the club.

"Peter has been unlucky in the last few weeks because he hasn't started games, but he's very much valued by myself and the club,” added Hughes.

"When called upon, he will always have an impact on games for us. That's a credit to him as a professional."

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