But for Harry Redknapp's side this draw was a reality check.
England striker Crouch said: "With the players we've got and the quality we have in all areas there is no reason why we cannot mount a challenge.
"But we aren't as consistent as we should be - to be a title contender you have to grind out these results.
"You have to go in and make sure you get that 1-0 and hang in there, that's important if you want to win a title. But we still have the ability to be right up there at the end of the season."