Benteke opened the scoring during a 3-2 win at Arsenal on Sunday, before nodding on a free-kick to send Wilfried Zaha in on goal to fire past Bernd Leno after Mesut Ozil had equalised.
James McArthur added a third goal before Arsenal made it a nervy ending through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
But for Hodgson it wasn’t just the Belgian’s goal and assist which were pleasing, the all-round performance of a striker who has for so long been bereft of confidence, delighted his manager.
“I think he’s more than just a goalscorer, his all-round performance today was fantastic. If he had played that way and someone else had scored the goal I wouldn’t be saying we should berate him in any way for not scoring.
The Palace boss also felt that his side came to the Emirates and performed at the very top of their game in order to claim three points which officially confirmed their Premier League safety.
“It was a very satisfying performance,” he said.
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