Birthday boy Benteke helps Palace beat Southampton 3-0

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Birthday boy Benteke helps Palace beat Southampton 3-0

In a insane game at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea condemned Crystal Palace to their sixth straight defeat and has left some people questioning Alan Pardew's position at Selhurst Park.

Two goals from Christian Benteke bookended a rare strike from James Tomkins, but according to Pardew the victory had been made possible by a lively week on the training ground. There's a real lack of leadership within them right now and they're all worrying about their own games and not the team.

This is my game and what I would suggest is there's a lot of good players on show for the home fans to appreciate and I'm looking forward to them entertaining me.

Pardew stressed that defensive solidity had been "the only box to tick" in this match.

"I think he (chairman Steve Parish) just really wants to see that we're putting the effort on the pitch, which I think we've done in every game so far this year, but doing it at a level where we can get ourselves a result".

Swansea may have got that first win for Bob Bradley over Crystal Palace but they were a mess at the back and you'd expect Spurs to win this one comfortably.

He met club chairman Steve Parish earlier this week, when he also said he sought no assurances regarding his position, and has asked for his players' views on the weaknesses they need to improve on to rescue their season.

Palace started the second period on the front foot with Joel Ward getting off a shot from 20 yards that was straight at Forster. Hull next week is a big, big game.

"I know this club well enough to know what their response is going to be tomorrow". The process we put in place came through for us.

"The most important thing in any job that you're in is winning games, and I'm not winning games". Clean sheet, we have got that off our back.

Benteke could barely believe his luck when he was presented with an absolute gift of a goal to give Palace the lead on 33 minutes in a nightmare moment for Fraser Forster.

Claude Puel's side were much improved in the second half with teenager Josh Sims - who scored the victor on his debut against Everton last weekend - going close and Virgil van Dijk seeing a header hit the crossbar.

Southampton had chances in the second half to increase the nerves for Palace but Sofiane Boufal blazed over, Wayne Hennessey denied Shane Long with his first touch forcing a near post save and Virgil van Dijk's looping header hit the bar with Fonte firing wide from the follow up. "It is important to stay with our philosophy against any opponent".

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