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Christian Benteke has pop at Crystal Palace team-mates after another limp display

Christian Benteke has blamed his shambolic goal drought on his Crystal Palace team-mates.

The blundering Belgium striker has become a laughing stock in the Premier League following just one goal in 19 appearances last season.

This followed three goals in 31 appearances the season before to make a mockery of Palace’s decision to sign him from Liverpool in a £27m deal in 2016.

Benteke, 28, has also started the new campaign in similar fashion after drawing blanks against Everton and Sheffield United.

The misfiring hitman was off-target again in Palace’s shock defeat at the Blades on Sunday to leave Roy Hodgson’s men with just one point and no goals to their name so far.

But Benteke reckons the team are not creating enough chances for him to convert and he said: “It was a frustrating afternoon out there, not just for me but for the team.

“We went with the mindset to get the three points and we did not get that. We didn’t deserve to win to be honest, if you look at our second half.

“I think that is our problem (creating chances in front of goal). We don’t create enough chances. I think it is about the animation, we have to be more available for each other and we have to work on it.

“It is no excuse. We knew they would be extra motivated, as they’d just got back to the Premier League. We knew that it was going to be a tough game. It was not good enough.”

The pressure is now mounting on Palace boss Roy Hodgson, who decided to recall sulking star Wilfried Zaha to his starting line-up after leaving him out for the opener against the Toffees.

But Zaha failed to make an impact, with Hodgson refusing to discuss his superstar’s performance afterwards.

There will be no let-up for Palace though, who face a tough trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United this weekend.

But Jeff Schlupp has urged his Palace side to forget about what happened at Bramall Lane and focus on making amends against United.

He said: “We want to put things right as soon as we can and that’s Manchester United away on Saturday.

“That’s our next opportunity, so we are going to go there ready and try and cause them so problems and try and win the game of course.”



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