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Benteke Opens His Palace Account

10 September 2016

Christian Benteke scored his first goal for Crystal Palace as his header on 16 minutes put his new club onto their way to the first Eagles win of the season.

“Obviously a good feeling after getting the win, it was not easy but in this game we worked really hard to get the three points.

“I haven’t had pre-season games so I have gone straight into the last couple of weeks and know I can do better, I tried to do my best and look forward to when I am 100% but it was really good to get the goal and get us on our way.”

After building on the home draw of his debut against AFC Bournemouth the 25 year-old striker was delighted to convert Wilfried Zaha’s cross and looks forward to seeing what his new team-mates are capable of producing in the coming weeks.  

“Heading is one of my strengths so I try to do the best I can when the ball comes over and it was great to see the ball go in the net.

“I think looking back on the game we can be pleased with some of the good football that we played, we have players who can switch to different styles of play as it is needed and that was how we played today. I am really looking forward to the season as we progress as a team and very pleased that I made the decision to become part of this football club.”

The Belgian international’s goal was cheered from the bench by his brother Jonathan, who was named as one of the substitutes by Alan Pardew, and late in the game replaced his brother and Christian knows what that meant to the younger one.  

“It is something he will be delighted about and I am so happy for him as it has been his dream to play in the Premier League and I am sure he will have enjoyed his few minutes on the pitch.”


to watch the post match interviews following the win at The Riverside.CLICK HERE 



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