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Benteke scores first of season as Palace win at Leicester

18 December 2017

The win at the King Power Stadium ended the Eagles' eight game winless streak on the road this season, with Benteke's opener the first away goal for the club this campaign. We needed to have more quickness, more quality in the play and it was not possible today.

But Puel admits that his side were not at their best on Saturday, and praised the performance of Palace, who picked up their first away Premier League win of the season.

Another apology saw him set up the impressive Wilfred Zaha for a goal, with Bakary Sako adding a late third as Palace moved up to 14th.

The Belgian striker broke his duck with a trademark header from Andros Townsend's cross on the right to put Palace ahead on 19 minutes.

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The hosts' penalty appeals then went unanswered when the ball struck Scott Dann and it got worse for Leicester five minutes before the break.

Roy Hodgson's men are now unbeaten in seven games and their cause was aided by sloppy Leicester, who had birthday boy Wilfred Ndidi sent off in the second half.

Leicester had a "goal" disallowed on the hour mark after referee Martin Atkinson spotted Vicente Iborra's push on James Tomkins before he headed in the net.

Riyad Mahrez gave the ball away which allowed Benteke to stride forward, hold off the challenge of Ndidi and find Zaha.

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The visitors eventually made it 3-0 in the 94th minute as Loftus-Cheek leading a counterattack and squaring for substitute Sako to curl home and consign the Foxes to a first defeat in six matches.

Palace nearly sealed it in the 80th minute, Schmeichel spreading himself wide in a manner reminiscent of his father Peter to deny Benteke from a Townsend cross to the back post.

"It was not a good game for us and Crystal Palace deserved this result".

I didn't see a replay, but I think it was too little fall, maybe and it is harsh to lose a player like Ndidi because he is a crucial, valuable player.

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"We know that he is a quality player and the goal he scored is the sort of one he's going to score, and had it not been for a wonder-save by Kasper Schmeichel, he would have scored two today because he got in the positions well".

Benteke scores first of season as Palace win at Leicester