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Stoke boss Hughes insists matchwinner Crouch not for sale

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes insists Peter Crouch is not for sale after he hit the winner against Aston Villa yesterday.

Stoke made it back-to-back home wins in the league with a 2-1 victory over Villa.

Hughes said: "He's not going anywhere in January."

Crouch was named man of the match, and Hughes added: "He obviously gives us a focus to our attacking play.

"I played that role for many years with my back to the goal, and it's a thankless task on occasions. Sometimes you have to take hits for the team. That's what Peter did today and has done for a long time.

"He's an accomplished football player. He's being playing at this level for a long time and you don't do that unless you're a very good player."

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