Watch: Crouch slice saves Stoke as Shrews rue weird strike

He's said that if he wasn't a footballer he'd have been a virgin, but we think contortionist would've been an option for Peter Crouch too....


Yep, he’s still scoring weird goals.

Peter Crouch, 37 years old, emerged from the bench in the Potters’ tie away at Shrewsbury Town to save the blushes of former Premier League side with a sliced finish that’ll call to mind wayward drives down many a fairway.

The big man, famed for his freaky finishes and helicopter-like limb-swinging when dispatching spectacular goals, got on the end of a flicked on cross at close quarters and used his lanky frame to angle the ball at hip height off the outside of his boot and into the corner of the Shrews’ net.

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With his bendy body and knack for working his way into awkward spots, it almost looks like he flicks it in with his trailing leg at first – what a finish that would’ve been! But replays show he’s taken a swing at the hanging ball and cut right across it, rescuing a replay for his side despite the unusual strike.

You can watch full highlights here.

League One strugglers Shrewsbury looked set to knock off Gary Rowett’s side thanks to a first-half penalty, which would’ve only piled more pressure on the manager as his expensively assembled side have struggled to deliver on Championship expectations after plummetting from the Premier League last season.

But up step Crouchy to tee-off with this 78th-minute flick and keep his team in the cup a little longer. It’s just a pity we didn’t get a robot to celebrate.

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