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Allardyce happy with Benteke's resurgence

Benteke ended a run of five Premier League games without a goal by scoring against Chelsea. Credit: PA

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce believes striker Christian Benteke can be the "big catalyst" for their Premier League survival bid.

He has been frustrated, he hasn't been able to score but now he's put that right, the more he puts into the back of the net, the better for us.

He's got 13 goals now in a struggling season so he's the catalyst for us and a big reason as to why we have a chance of staying out of the bottom three.

To see him where he should be - which is on the move in the six-yard box and sometimes I've not seen him in those positions on the move, on the edge of the box, getting between those defenders against Southampton - is pleasing for me.

He's got his goalscoring head on again and that's going to be very important for us.

Going away and scoring two goals in Russia (for Belgium in March) has been a massive help for him.

It's given him a bit more confidence, you can see that confidence in the calm, composed way he took the Chelsea goal.

He didn't panic when the goalkeeper came rushing out at him, he just went to one side and chipped it into the net and Wednesday's goal, getting on the move and getting on the back of Andros' [Townsend] cross. His movement is getting better, his hold-up play is getting better.

– Sam Allardyce to reporters