Crystal Palace moved up to 12th in the Premier League table yesterday evening after a brace from Christian Benteke sent Liverpool to their third consecutive home defeat at the hands of the Eagles.
Having fallen behind midway through the opening 45 minutes to an impressive free-kick from Philippe Coutinho, Sam Allardyce’s players refused to let their heads drop, striking back before the interval thanks to a truly impressive goal from the former Reds frontman.
As a move, it’s almost impossible to find any fault from our own perspective, with a beautifully weighted Joel Ward pass picking out Yohan Cabaye in space on the right-hand side, allowing the Frenchman to centre a delicious cross for the big Belgian striker to casually tuck a shot into the roof of Liverpool’s net from close-range. In terms of both the timing and quality of the goal, it couldn’t have got much better for those of a red and blue persuasion.
The second goal, although far less spectacular than the first, was almost certainly of greater significance to the club in the grand scheme of things. Having evaded his marker after a corner taken by Andros Townsend, that man Benteke was there again to nod home from less than six yards, sending the travelling army of Palace fans situated behind the same goal into overdrive.
Our third straight win at Anfield puts the team on 38 points, seven clear of Swansea in 17th with just a handful of games left to play. Make no mistake, the job Sam Allardyce has done in the few months he’s been at the club is utterly bonkers. A little while ago we looked dead and buried, now we really are riding on the crest of a wave.