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Crystal Palace boss Hodgson happy with 'lively' Benteke in defeat

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was encouraged by Christian Benteke's performance in defeat at Everton.

Benteke's goal, his first since scoring in the win away at Arsenal in April 2019, provided some good news for Hodgson on another difficult afternoon.

The Belgian might have had more, diverting against the woodwork with one chance before being spectacularly denied by Jordan Pickford from close range, but his manager was pleased with his display.

"He was lively," said Hodgson. “Held the ball up well and got his head on a few balls, that was a positive for us - he's beginning to be the type of centre forward we need.

"He was a constant danger but Everton defended well too. As did we. Jordan Pickford was forced to make a match-winning save."

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