Big boost for the big man ahead of new campaign

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Tottenham striker Peter Crouch was delighted to score twice on Friday against Leyton Orient, and admitted that his min-goal rush has boosted his confidence ahead of the coming season and after a summer of uncertainty about his future at White Hart Lane.

The 30-year-old forward, who has been linked with a move away from the North London club, played all 90 minutes of the 4-1 pre-season friendly victory, and said that he and his teammates 'feel good' following a successful return to action.

Crouch headed in the opener from a David Bentley free kick, and followed that up with a second individual goal with a great turn of skill and a fine finish. "I was delighted with that one," said the Tottenham Hotspur striker in reference to the second strike.

"I got the first goal and my confidence was high after that. I turned the defender and my eyes lit up - it was great to see it fly into the back of the net. It was important to get 90 minutes playing time in but if you can score a couple of goals, that brings a lot of confidence."

The England international missed Saturday's game against Npower Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion, but is happy with his prospects for the coming campaign after scoring two days previously.

 "It's important as a striker to score goals. You want to get off to a flyer and hit the ground running when the season starts," he added.

"Most of the lads have eased their way in (to the pre-season friendlies, everyone got 90 this weekend and we all feel good. I feel fit and I'm looking forward to the season starting."

* Tottenham have just one pre-season game to play before their first Barclays Premier League match at home against Everton. The final friendly with Athletic Club Bilbao takes place on August 6.

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