Date: 26th September 2016 at 2:43pm
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Goalscorer Christian Benteke and assister Zeki Fryers have both been giving their thoughts following Crystal Palace’s comeback against Sunderland at the weekend.

With the hosts at the Stadium of Light having a two goal advantage as we hit the hour mark in the game, Joe Ledley, James McArthur and Benteke scored the goals that gave us all three points, and speaking to Crystal Palace FC in his own post game media interviews Benteke knew it was a massive result for the side, given how tough a game it had become for us.

‘This result is a massive win for us all, we knew it was not going to be easy here but we showed, especially in the second half, some great character as a team to come back in the game. We did well in the first half but conceded a sloppy goal but then going 2-0 down we had to do something and we knew we could come back.’

With his goal coming four minutes in stoppage time, Benteke knew it was a game he had to be patient in so he was just pleased to have taken the chance when it came.

‘You have to be patient in this game and I knew that my chance would come and when I saw the cross coming into the box I knew I had to score. As soon as I knew we had a free kick at that position I said to Chungy to put the ball on the penalty spot and I was confident I could get the goal and that is what happened. We are in good shape, coming here on the back of a couple of wins we knew we wanted to win and we now must keep going like that.’

Adding.

‘The manager and Chairman did everything to bring me here and therefore I have to give them something back and the best way of doing that is to do my best and by scoring goals. Today was a successful one for me and the team. Since the draw against Bournemouth we have shown what we are about but we must continue to do that and today showed why English football is the best league in the world because from the first minute to the last everything is possible and we go away with all three points.’

As for Fryers, making only his second appearance of the season and fourth for Palace since his 2014 arrival, he was just delighted to have had the impact and secured the assist for McArthur’s leveller.

‘Yes it is a great feeling and I am buzzing for the team, I was on the bench looking at the game and obviously things were not going well having conceded the goals and then the gaffer said to me I was coming on and it was just good to get the chance to get out on the pitch and play my part. The instruction was to get forward and get some crosses in and my first opportunity I was able to get past the man and get the cross into the box and of course we scored our second goal from that.’

The 24 year old ended by saying.

‘Looking back I have been out on loan quite a bit, had some bad luck with injuries but then this opportunity came along and I was pleased with how I did. When you don`t get the break you have to just keep your head down, work hard and wait for your opportunity to help the team so was pleased to get the chance. After pre-season it was looking good for me as I had some games, played OK but then a groin injury came at the wrong time, I got back from injury and kept at it and delighted that I was called upon in this one and it`s a great result for the team.’

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