Benteke can be impossible to defend against - Pardew

The Belgian striker scored his first goal for the Eagles in Saturday's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough and the manager believes he increases the side's attacking potency

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew was delighted with Christian Benteke's performance in Saturday's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough and feels the striker can be impossible to defend against in certain circumstances.

Benteke sent Palace on the way to their first Premier League win of the season, giving them the lead early on as he met Wilfried Zaha's cross with a fine header.

And Pardew was pleased to see the Belgium international open his Eagles account.

"I think it's very important for a striker to get that first goal," Pardew told a news conference.

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"As soon as the cross came in you knew, I don't think any defender can defend against him in that position when he's coming on the back of you like that. It's almost impossible to defend."

Zaha also impressed after returning to the starting XI as he got an assist before scoring the winner and Pardew was understandably pleased with the winger's outing.

"We started the last game without him because of the transfer situation, but he was terrific today," Pardew said, referring to Tottenham's failed attempt to sign the former Manchester United forward.

The manager added: "Not just the goal and the assist, but also Zaha's defensive performance against George Friend, who bombs up and down the line was exceptional."