Benitez: No problem with Crouch

The Spaniard said: “The first goal from Crouch was very nice and that was important for him and the team.

“After that he had two more chances and it was a pity as the goalkeeper did a very good job.

“Peter is improving a lot. He understands the game more and he showed some good movement.

“I was talking with him after Blackburn and he knows he made some mistakes and missed some opportunities.

“I said as long as he worked hard for me, that would be enough. I want him to keep going and work hard and he did that in this game.”