Christian Benteke has been told he has to cope with the pressure of firing Crystal Palace to safety.
The striker made his return from a knee injury in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Everton but missed a big chance near the end of the contest.
“The fact he is a big-money signing for the club means there is a lot of expectancy,” said Eagles manager Roy Hodgson. “He’ll have to live up to those expectations.
“He had a good chance and missed it. If he does that week after week – gets a very good chance and misses them – I don’t think people will be saying ‘don’t worry – we’ve got Benteke to come back’.
“The two up front [Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha] did very well. They terrorised them, particularly Zaha.”
Hodgson was keen to praise his midfield. James McArthur, operating in a wide left role, opened the scoring after just 55 seconds.
“Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] will get the major plaudits – that’s fine. He had a very good game. But all four were excellent.”
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