Oh Benteke, how we missed thee – or perhaps more appropriately, how Paul Lambert missed thee.
The Belgian international’s goal in the 0-1 victory over Crystal Palace was enough to earn Aston Villa their first win in 10 games.
Benteke’s goal will also come as a relief to Lambert as it is the first time the striker has got on the scoresheet since March.
Lambert was in a positive mood after the victory, saying:
“Christian came back today with a fantastic goal. He offers you that. What he had was a really bad injury. To come back from that, he has been excellent. I’ve been fortunate to play with some of the best players in the world scoring-wise and, if he keeps progressing the way he is, he’ll hit those heights.”