Stoke City boss Mark Hughes explained leaving Peter Crouch out for their rout of Fulham.

Peter Odemwingie played through the middle, while Oussama Assaidi lined up on the left flank and Marko Arnautovic on the right.

"We finished the game against Spurs with Peter Odemwingie, Assaidi and Arnautovic as a three," said Hughes, "and I just wanted to see them from the start to see if they could effect the game as I thought they could.

"And because Peter Crouch could be unavailable for certain games next season."

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