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Eagles end slump

December 3 2016

Christian Benteke (Photo: Andy Roberts)

Christian Benteke (Photo: Andy Roberts)

Crystal Palace finally ended a run of six straight defeats with a 3-0 win at home to Southampton.

The victory lifted the pressure on under-fire manager Alan Pardew who has presided over Palace's shocking run of form that left them just above the drop zone.

Pardew changed up his leaky defence with Joel Ward moving to left-back, Damien Delaney coming in at centre half and James Tomkins switching to right back.

The Eagles were handed a large slice of luck with their opening goal on 33 minutes as Saints keeper air kicked Jose Fonte's back pass along the six-yard box and Christian Benteke was on hand to score into an empty net.

Three minutes later, they made it 2-0 through Tomkins who fired home from close range after Joe Ledley flicked on an Eagles corner.

Benteke scored his second and Palace's third five minutes from time from Jason Puncheon's cut back on the left for his seventh goal of the season.

Palace propel up to 13th in the table and secured their first clean sheet of the season.

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