Pulis insists Crouch was 'unplayable' against Swansea after netting two goals

The Stoke City manager has claimed the club's record signing made it almost impossible for Michael Laudrup's side but is disappointed he didn't get a hat-trick
Tony Pulis has heaped praise on Stoke striker Peter Crouch following his two goals that secured the club's first Premier League win of the season against Swansea.

The 31-year-old's aerial dominance made it difficult for Swansea, but Pulis also took time to pay tribute to a resurgent Swansea in the second-half.

The Stoke manager told reporters: "I thought in the first half we were very good.

"The worst thing that happened was half-time - we came out very slow and sloppy in the second-half and Swansea controlled the play.

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"But we got back into it in the last 20 minutes and I'm just disappointed Crouchy didn't get his hat-trick."

Kenwyne Jones replaced the former Tottenham striker with five minutes to play despite Crouch being on course for a hat-trick.

"I just wanted to give Kenwyne a bit of time, and the header against the crossbar - that should be food and drink for Peter," Pulis added.

"The scissors kick is a different thing - I'll speak to him on Monday about that. I can't afford for him to get injured!"

Crouch's performance impressed his manager and he believes the striker has done enough to be rewarded with a recall to the England side.

"I'm not reluctant [to talk about Crouch and England], but Roy [Hodgson] has a lot of experience and the last thing I want to do is tell him what team to pick.

"It has to be up to him. I don't think Peter can do any more than score goals and play well, and you have seen him today - in the first half he was unplayable."