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Benteke: Difficult Defeat To Take

6 November 2016

With nine minutes to go a hand ball in the box gave Christian Benteke the chance to complete the Palace comeback from 2-0 down at Burnley, by stepping up to convert from the penalty spot. Having coming out after the break with a two goal deficit the side dominated long periods of the second half and deserved to be back on level terms but an Ashley Barnes winner for the home side turned emotions upside down.  

The striker reflected on a disappointing afternoon in the north-west. 

"This is a difficult defeat to take, obviously we didn't start the game well and conceded two disappointing goals from our point of view but came back in the second half with more character and energy. I don't think we should be losing that type of game when we have come back from 2-0 down like we did. 

"The second half was much better from all the team, we deserved at least a draw and maybe even gone on and won because we didn't give them anything when we were on top in the game. They were more efficient in front of goal when the chances came to them." 

When Matthew Lowton was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box it gave Benteke a chance to put behind him the penalty he missed against West Ham last month, that he did as he stepped up to put his side all square in the game.  

"The manager gives me the confidence to be the one to take the penalty and I know I can do it in those situations and that is what happens when you trust yourself to score."

This defeat was a tough one for the squad to take but the striker spoke post-match that in a difficult competition there will always be plenty of twist and turns through a season. 

"The Premier League is the strongest league in the world, anything can happen in games and we have seen that again today but we need to work hard and for the players the only way is to carry on and keep fighting to turn things around."

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