Christian Benteke returned to Anfield and scored both goals to take Palace to 38 points as another vital three points were picked up on the road as the side came from behind to beat Liverpool 2-1.
Post-match both Benteke and Andros Townsend spoke of their delight and the winger said that after Saturday’s results the squad knew that a positive result would be key.
“We were travelling up yesterday and saw the other teams won, it put a little bit of pressure on us but in the last few months we’ve made a habit of upsetting the big teams and we’ve done it again, thanks to the big man. Hopefully now that gives us a bit of breathing space going into the final weeks of the season.”
Benteke sealed the win with a close range header with sixteen minutes remaining but didn’t take time out to celebrate against his former club although the smile on his face showed his delight on the return to Merseyside.
“I said to myself if I got the chance to score I wouldn’t celebrate it because I respect Liverpool. What happened when I was here is behind me and I was really looking forward to playing against my old team mates.
“I was motivated I would say. We knew that it was going to be hard to play against them but I think we have to give all the praise to the lads for their hard work.”
A goal in each half was the perfect return to the north west for the 26 year old striker and after the equaliser he had a special pre-planned celebration with another player back at Anfield this afternoon, on loan Mamadou Sakho.
“It was between him and me and I told him as soon as I score I will come to him.”
Andros was quick to point out that even though the Eagles have hit the 38 point mark it is important to keep the focus as other teams around them are still picking up points as the finishing line to the season gets closer.
"We are not safe yet as the other teams in the bottom five or six are winning football matches. We are almost there but we’ve got a difficult last five games. You can never say never but hopefully now we can start looking up the table and seeing how far [up] we can finish."
The fixture list have always shown a difficult run in to the season on paper but the lads revealed that the belief in the side had come from work on the training ground and the recent wins have given confidence to the squad.
“First and foremost, hard work on the training pitch. Day in, day out. Second of all, confidence. I think winning football matches gives you belief. I think you saw last season with Leicester, winning football matches breeds confidence and we come here today not fearing Liverpool and in the end, we’ve got a fantastic win.” Townsend said as he and Benteke showed their delight at three more precious points.