Benteke ended a 14-match goal drought with a 19th minute header for strugglers
Crystal Palace in their Premier League victory at Leicester on Saturday.
was Palace's first away goal of the season and they went on to win 3-0 -
Benteke creating the second for Wilfried Zaha - to move out of the bottom
27-year-old Belgian international striker owed his team-mates a goal after
controversially missing a last-gasp penalty he should not have taken in last
Saturday's 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.
week, Benteke - who should have allowed Luka Milivojevic to take the spot kick
as the Serbian had scored a penalty earlier in the match - apologised to his
team-mates and manager Roy Hodgson, admitting he had let them down.
the former Aston Villa and Liverpool striker denied his goal on Saturday was a
means of repaying his team-mates for the penalty incident.
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," Benteke told
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."
whose side have improved so much under his aegis that for the first time in their
history they have gone seven games without defeat in the Premier League,
praised Benteke but rued the fact he will miss the next game against Swansea
because he is suspended.
think it (the goal) will do a lot for Christian Benteke's confidence, and the
crowd really got behind him today, they appreciated his work rate too, and that
was fully deserved," Hodgson told Sky Sports.
were singing his name which was fantastic because after missing the penalty he
perhaps rightly, many people were saying, got some stick from the crowd.
on this occasion they've turned very quickly singing his name and that was
am surprised though he has picked up five yellow cards (earning the suspension)
because he is a gentle giant, so I'd love to know how he picked up the previous
the pitch Benteke gave the perfect riposte by creeping in between Wes Morgan
and Danny Simpson to head home Andros Townsend's cross and then stuck his
fingers to his ears by way of celebration.
miserable afternoon got worse when Wilfried Ndidi was sent off
in the second half for taking a dive in the Crystal Palace penalty area.
moved to 14th position with 17 points from 18 games while Leicester, who had
won their previous four games to move into eighth spot, have 26 points.