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Christian Benteke: It’s nice to be back

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Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke is excited to be fit and back in action for the Eagles after recovering from a knee injury.

Benteke was a 78th-minute sub on Saturday as he came on for James McArthur after recovering from a knee injury he sustained in September against Southampton.

The Belgian striker was brought in four minutes after Watford had completed their comeback through Tom Cleverley’s 74th goal.

The 28-year-old had less than 12 minutes to make an impact in the game but failed to help Crystal Palace salvage a point.

“I think we controlled the first-half well, especially when we scored first at a good time,” Benteke told the club’s website reflecting on the game.

“In the second half, I would say we started well but I thought we were maybe too confident and we gave them some space.

“You could see they were waiting for our mistake, it [the first goal] was our mistake. It was more our mistake than their creativity.”

After a three-month injury layoff, Benteke expressed his satisfaction at getting fit and playing again.

“It was really nice to be back there with the lads, especially when we’re playing at home. It’s just a shame that we didn’t finish the game with a win,” he said.

“I think there’s a long way to go, I’ve worked so hard to get back and I’m hopeful that I’ll stay fit and score some goals.

“I came back at the right time because we were really solid those last few weeks and hopefully now I’m going to be there to help the lads.”