Crystal Palace fans discuss Christian Benteke's Everton performance on Twitter

Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke applauds their fans after the match

After Christian Benteke's goal gave Crystal Palace a 1-1 draw in the Premier League, their fans took to Twitter to voice their praise for the Belgium striker.

Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke scores their first goalCrystal Palace's Christian Benteke scores their first goal

Crystal Palace drew 1-1 with Everton in the Premier League after Christian Benteke's header cancelled out Romelu Lukaku's opener at Goodison Park. 

Ronald Koeman's side took the lead in the 35th minute when Lukaku curled a 20-yard free-kick into the top right corner, but that lead was pulled back in the second half when Benteke met Joel Ward's cross with a towering header at the far post. 

Everton's Romelu Lukaku scores their first goal with a free-kickEverton's Romelu Lukaku scores their first goal with a free-kick

As Palace looked for a winner, they thought they scored that decisive goal to claim their fourth straight win, but Damien Delaney's goal was given as offside, after he headed past Maarten Stekelenburg.

The point was enough to move Everton up to third in the Premier League table, four points behind leaders Manchester City, but with the rest of the weekend's action still to played, that position could easily change. 

Palace meanwhile, have extended their unbeaten run to five matches and Alan Pardew's side will feel they should have got more out of the game than the point, particularly after a dominant performance at the back by James Tomkins and Delaney. 

Everton's Ross Barkley in action with Crystal Palace's James McArthur and Damien DelaneyEverton's Ross Barkley in action with Crystal Palace's James McArthur and Damien Delaney

Speaking after the game BBC Sport reported that Everton manager Ronald Koeman said: "It's a good point in the end. We defended set plays and second balls well against a difficult team.

"The team performance was outstanding, although we'd like to create more opportunities.

"We've had a good start to the season. The position in the table is not everything at the moment and we need to improve, but we're doing a good job."

Everton manager Ronald KoemanEverton manager Ronald Koeman

After a troubling time on Merseyside with Liverpool, Benteke has started life under Pardew at Crystal Palace well, scoring 3 goals in five appearances, with a 0.60 goals per match ratio in the Premier League

When compared to his time at Anfield, where the Belgium striker scored 9 goals in twenty-nine appearances in the league, his performances for Palace are grabbing the attention of doubters, something Pardew's side are starting to reap the benefits from. 

Against Everton, Benteke was the target man, with Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha constantly swapping wings, and in scoring his goal the striker made his equaliser look all too easy with a towering header, despite still having plenty to do. And it was the brilliant header by Benteke that saw Palace fans take to Twitter to voice their praise for the former Liverpool striker...

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