Crystal Palace fans saw their side go down 3-1 to the champions Manchester City at Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon, and after the game they produced a mixed opinion over one of their players on social media.
Given that they had already beaten the Citizens this season, the Eagles were always likely to be on a bit of a hiding to nothing against the Premier League title chasers.
Roy Hodgson named a strong Palace side that was kitted out to hold the ball up in the City half and get runners around him, but his plans largely went out of the window just 15 minutes into the match, when Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for the visitors.
The same man then had the Eagles in deep bother in the second half when he doubled the Citizens’ advantage, but the Londoners gave themselves hope when captain Luka Milivojevic halved the deficit with a free kick as time wound down.
As much as they tried though, Palace couldn’t force another opening and in trying to find the equalising goal, they were caught on the counter attack with Gabriel Jesus coming off the bench to secure the points for Pep Guardiola’s men.
Hodgson decided to start with Eagles forward Christian Benteke instead of his Belgian teammate Michy Batshuayi, and although the former Liverpool striker worked hard and attempted to hold the ball up, his important output looked to be lacking.
The Belgium international has had a really bad run of form for almost 18 months now, with confidence lacking in front of goal not being helped by a raft of injuries.
After the loss to City, many Palace fans flocked to social media to react to the performance of Benteke, with a mixed reaction being offered.
Some Eagles supporters felt he had a good game, while others seem to have long since written him off as not good enough, regardless of how his plays.
Here are some of their messages:
Benteke is so lazy. So painful to watch. #cpfc
— J A K E (@Jaake_I3) April 14, 2019
— Ray Palmer (@raystratman) April 14, 2019
Benteke must be dynamite in training #cpfc
— Ian Barker (@inthepenumbra) April 14, 2019
— Josh Bradbury (@joshbrads89) April 14, 2019
They’re a class side. No shame in losing to them. Few thoughts – I think our side looks better with Benteke leading the line. I also think we looked better with Kouyate in the middle – his pressing put others to shame. Frustrating in parts but nothing to dwell on. #cpfc
— L.i.am (@GilesyL14) April 14, 2019
Don’t want to here those criticising Benteke today. Bloke put in a genuine Performance as did Luka and Vincente.
Did Wilf try to hard because it’s City?, PVA suspect again? #CPFC
— Kieran Moore (@Kieran_Moore6) April 14, 2019
Again, against City, thought today was ok, much better than most home games we’ve seen this season. Benteke looked useful up top. I’d start him against Arsenal. Over all, expected but not disappointed #cpfc
— Billiam 🦅 (@Showdog22) April 14, 2019
Why has Benteke become scapegoat these days? #cpfc
— Luke Weaser-Seychell (@Luke_Seychell) April 14, 2019
Thought Benteke was decent today #cpfc
— Chris Waters (@Clapham_Grand) April 14, 2019
Benteke was very good today, shame he didn't have much support. We just have to be patient with him they'll still be lots of ups & downs. #cpfc
— Diyar Kurnaz (@diyar_kurnaz) April 14, 2019