Crouch delighted with Defoe partnership

The two strikers have scored 11 goals so far this season.

Crouch said: “I’ve scored a few goals lately so I’m pleased with how things have gone, especially with Jermain scoring too.

“I always believed it would be a good combination between me and Jermain — we play to each other’s strengths.

“He set up my goal against Stoke and I’ve set up a few of his. So it seems to be working well.

“It’s been a great week — beating Stoke and Spurs at home and getting through to the group stages of the UEFA Cup.

“I’m loving every minute of it here. Hopefully I can continue scoring goals and we can keep winning games.”