Benteke never stopped believing after ending goal drought

Date published: Saturday 16th December 2017 3:31

Christian Benteke did not feel he needed to prove anything to his Crystal Palace team-mates as he finally ended his goal drought and atoned for last week’s penalty misery.

Benteke scored his first goal since May when he headed home in the 3-0 win at 10-man Leicester, one which lifted the Eagles at least temporarily out of the Premier League relegation zone.

This came a week after he defied team orders by taking and missing a penalty in the draw against Bournemouth, but the Belgian striker says he was not under pressure to deliver on Saturday.

He told Sky Sports: “Not owed something because we are a team but I just wanted to show that I’m always involved and I will do everything to get back on my form.

“I’ve been really patient, I’ve been through a hard time but I’m a big believer and I really work hard. I just got what I deserved to get.

“I won’t give up and I will just keep going.”

Palace came into the game having not scored a goal away from home all season but Benteke made further amends as he set up the impressive Wilfried Zaha to score, with Bakary Sako adding a late third.

Zaha said: “I’ve always had confidence in the team and we’re having a good run so it was only a matter of time before we started putting the performances together and just getting up the table.

“The team’s buzzing, we played so well today and took our chances so I’m happy for the squad.”

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