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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."

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