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Stoke striker Crouch expects pelters from Crawley fans

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch expects pelters from Crawley Town fans for their FA Cup clash.

He claims Crawley's 4,996 capacity Broadfield Stadium holds more fears for him than 50,000 screaming Ultras at Valencia's towering arena.

The England international admits he is in for a 90-minute ear- bashing during tomorrow's FA Cup fifth-round tie against the League Two high-fliers.

Crouch said: "I have played in some hostile atmospheres but the worst stick comes at the smaller grounds when there are fewer people there.

"When there are 40,000 fans you can block it out. But when there are only a few thousand you hear every insult and you feel it more.

"They will packing people in and it will be a good occasion. The cameras are there for one reason - because they want them to win.

"Anyone who isn't a Stoke fan will be supporting Crawley on Sunday, that's why it's a tricky tie."

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