Last night, Crystal Palace came from behind to best Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at Selhurst Park thanks to a second half brace from Belgian striker Christian Benteke.
Having played out a rather uneventful opening 45 minutes, Palace were given a major scare when the visitors, cheered on by a travelling army of fans numbering just under 1,000, took the lead through James Henry.
Given the awful run of form the Eagles have been on of late, you could forgive our fans for fearing the worst as soon as the midfielder’s shot hit the back of the net but on 62 minutes, no doubt prompted by our rather precarious situation, Sam Allardyce made a triple substitution which would go on to change the game dramatically.
Removing Damien Delaney, Joe Ledley and Loic Remy, the former England boss pushed James Tomkins, Jason Puncheon and Christian Benteke into the spotlight, allowing the big Belgian to grab the headlines and turn the tie on its head in the space of just 15 minutes.
Whilst his first goal of the evening was a relatively routine close-range header following a cross from Flamini on the right-hand side, his second of the night was genuinely impressive, regardless of the opposition. Controlling a cross from Andros Townsend on his chest, Benteke swivelled and struck a low shot hard into the net from 18 yards out, giving the hosts the breathing room they had so desperately been hoping for from the moment the game kicked off.
It may not have been the most barnstorming of night’s in SE25 but after our recent struggles at home and away, it was a hugely welcome victory for all concerned.