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Crouch On Target In Bounce Game

Striker completes 90 minutes as senior men benefit from training ground run-out

6 March 2019

Peter Crouch scored twice and completed 90 minutes as one of several senior players given a training-ground run-out.

Strike partner Matej Vydra and Johann Berg Gudmundsson also bagged a couple each, with Robbie Brady completing the scoring in a 7-1 win against a youthful Salford City side.

Boss Sean Dyche used the exercise at the Barnfield Training Centre to give some game-time to his players who have not featured regularly in the Premier League in recent weeks.

And all played the full game to top up their match-fitness going into the final couple of months of the season.

Crouch struck twice before the break – either side of a sumptuous header from Vydra – after Brady had opened the scoring.

Gudmundsson then added to the lead from the penalty spot before classy finishes from the Icelander and Vydra, again, completed the scoring.

Nick Pope played in goal behind a back four of Matt Lowton, Ben Gibson, Stephen Ward and Bobby Thomas – who has joined the professional ranks after being given a two-year deal.

Gudmundsson and Brady started either side of a youthful central midfield pairing of Christian N’Guessan and Mark Howarth.

And Vydra and Crouch formed a lively front pairing, whose four goals between them helped cap a useful work-out.

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