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A goal by Peter Crouch against one of his former teams earned Stoke just their seventh point away from home from this season as they secured a creditable 2-2 draw with Southampton at St Mary's on Saturday. 

All the goals came in the first half as the Saints twice took the lead, only to be pegged back on both occasions by a determined Stoke side, who followed up their fine 2-1 win over Manchester United last week with another good result. Southampton went ahead as early as the sixth minute with a free kick from a tight angle on the edge of the area from striker Rickie Lambert, his eighth goal in the Premier League this season. 

Despite largely dominating the early exchanges, Southampton failed to add to their lead and paid the price in the 38th minute when Stoke equalized after Peter Odemwingie latched onto a wonderful defense-splitting pass from Charlie Adam, and slotted home. It was the Nigerian striker's first goal for the Potters since moving from Cardiff. 

A stung Southampton re-took the lead almost immediately when a cross-cum-shot from Northern Ireland international midfielder Steven Davis in the 41st minute embarrassed Asmir Begovic in Stoke's goal and sneaked into the net. But the home side were only able to hold onto the lead for a minute with Stoke instantly pegging them back through a headed goal from Crouch, who played for Southampton back in 2004/05.

Neither side were able to snatch a winner in a largely lack lustre second half. Despite dominating possession and having 17 shots to Stoke's five, Southampton were unable to force a decisive third goal and the game petered out into a draw. 

It was the second between these two in the Premier League this season following a 1-1 draw at the Britannia last November. The result - Southampton's fifth home draw of the season - left the Saints in ninth place with Stoke three places and 10 points further back on 26 and just three points above the relegation places.


Peter Crouch tormented his former club Aston Villa as the Stoke striker's second half goal clinched a 2-1 victory at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday. Mark Hughes' side took the lead through Charlie Adam's goal soon after the break before Villa equalized thanks to Libor Kozak, who capitalized on a horrible mistake from Erik Pieters. But Pieters' blushes were spared when former England forward Crouch, who spent two years at Villa earlier in his career, restored Stoke's lead in the 70th minute. That was enough to give Stoke back-to-back home wins in the Premier League and lift them above Villa into 10th place in the table. 

Villa boss Paul Lambert chose to leave struggling striker Christian Benteke out of his squad but the visitors still began brightly, creating the first chance when Ashley Westwood's cross was headed goalwards by Nathan Baker. Asmir Begovic grasped it at the second attempt and the Stoke goalkeeper was also behind Aleksander Tonev's volley from the edge of the box.

Five minutes later Marc Wilson picked up a booking, although Villa thought it should have been red. Wilson's poor touch just outside the area let in Andreas Weimann and Villa appealed in vain that the defender was the last man when he brought down the forward.

Marko Arnautovic was the man to make way as Adam came on for the start of the second half, and it took the Stoke playmaker only six minutes to break the deadlock. Ciaran Clark was shown a yellow card for a crude foul on Jonathan Walters and Geoff Cameron's free-kick was headed on by Crouch to Adam, who took the ball on his chest, turned past Baker and placed his shot beyond Brad Guzan.

Villa's equalizer came out of nothing in the 66th minute as Guzan pumped a long ball forward. Stoke looked to have dealt with it but Pieters tried to head the ball back to Begovic and only succeeded in setting up Kozak, who gratefully accepted the gift with a cool finish.

But Villa were level for only four minutes before Crouch restored Stoke's lead. Glenn Whelan found Cameron down the right, and when Guzan and Chris Herd tried to cut out his cross, the ball fell to Crouch in front of an empty net and he slotted home despite a suspicion of handball.

The Brittish Daily Mail made a poll to find out who the hottest WAG in England was and Abbey Crouch, wife of Stoke City striker Peter Crouch, has been named by fans around the game as their favorite WAG (wife and girlfriend). The stunning blonde, came on top of the poll, scooping 25% of the votes.

We present to you the Premier League's Top Five WAGs:

WAG or WAGs is an acronym, which is used mostly by the British tabloid press to describe the wives and girl-friends of high profile footballers, the start of which originated form the English football team. The term came in to common use during the 2006 World Cup. It has also been used since then by the media of other countries to describe the wives and girlfriends of sportsmen in general.

It all began in 2002 when the first use of the term was recorded. In 2006 the term was generally alluded to as WAGs but a singular form quickly became popular which obviously stands for "wife and/or girlfriend".
The press gave increasing coverage to the socializing, shopping and activities of WAGS during the 2006 World Cup. One of the reasons suggested for England's shock exit from the tournament in the quarter finals was the presence of such distractions. Prominent WAGS of that year included Victoria Beckham whom the New Yorker described as "queen of  the Wags",Cheryl Cole who shortly afterwards married Ashley Cole; a pair who later divorced in 2010 and Coleen Rooney who married Wayne Rooney in 2008; described by the Sun as a "super WAG".

Soccer players around the world are known to have smoking-hot women on their arms whether they are wives or girlfirends. Many of them are popular already in their own fields and thus the association with famous soccer players results them in their activities and socializing closely followed by the media, none more so than in England.

Harry Redknapp has signalled his intent to move for Christopher Samba and Peter Crouch. In his by now customary manner, Redknapp explicitly mentioned both of them during a press conference, before going on to express doubt that either would ever end up at Loftus Road.

Samba is currently plying his trade at Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia, having moved there from Blackburn Rovers just under a year ago. Although Samba is thought to be royally rewarded from turning out for Anzhi, he has expressed regret on some incidents of racism that the has encountered, on one occasion being reduced to tears by particular abuse. Although Samba originally left the Premier League at least partly due to Blackburn's imminent relegation, he may view the opportunity to come back as too good to miss, even though it involves joining the club currently marooned at the bottom of this season's Premier League table.

Crouch meanwhile has a history of playing under Redknapp, having played under him previously at Southampton, Portsmouth and Tottenham. The former England striker who has 22 international goals was considered a marquee signing when he signed for Stoke City on transfer deadline day in August, 2011, but only has a moderate scoring record for the Potters, and has recently been benched by Tony Pulis in favour of Kenwyne Jones.