Aston Villa players took to Twitter on Tuesday night to celebrate their 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Aston Villa ended their nine-match winless run on Tuesday night as they beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park thanks to Christian Benteke's first-half strike.
Benteke marked his return from a three-match suspension with his first goal of the season just after the half-hour, as he ran half the length of the pitch before shooting past goalkeeper Julian Speroni for what proved to be the winning goal.
Villa were on the back foot for lengthy spells of the match, as the hosts were let down by a poor final delivery, but manager Paul Lambert believed it was a deserved result when speaking on the final whistle.
“I thought it was well deserved. I thought it was a big, big performance,” he told the club’s official website.
"Christian scored a fantastic goal. I have played with and worked with some world-class strikers in my time, but if he keeps progressing - he's not the finished article - he could be one of the best.
"Andi [Weimann] had a good chance to make it 2-0. If that goes in, it's finished.
"But I think the performance, coming here to a difficult place, was massive from us.
"The defence was brilliant. I thought Alan [Hutton] was outstanding. I thought he was superb.”
A handful of Villa players were just as thrilled to claim their first win since September 13, with the injured Philippe Senderos taking to Twitter from home to hail his side’s resolve.
He was joined in his delight by midfielder Carlos Sanchez, who entered match in the ninth-minute after an injury to Joe Cole, and fellow substitute Jack Grealish, who was clearly pleased to have talisman Benteke back in the lineup.
Congratulations team for winning today. Let's go for more!! // felicitaciones equipo por el triunfo de hoy. Vamos por mas!!— Carlos Sánchez (@SanchezCarlosA) December 2, 2014
What a flippen result, fans were excellent once again that's why it's always good to have Christian back safe trip home to the fans!!!— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish1) December 2, 2014