Boss hails chairman backing

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has hailed chairman Steve Parish for allowing him to sign £32million striker Christian Benteke.

Crystal Palace: Boss hails chairman backingCrystal Palace: Boss hails chairman backing

The Eagles struggled for goals last season and Pardew knew he needed to draft in a top-quality striker in the summer to make sure there was no repeat in this campaign.

Parish came up trumps when loosening the purse strings enough to sign Benteke, and Pardew could not be happier as Palace are now starting to reap the benefits.

The Belgium international struck four minutes into stoppage time to snatch a 3-2 win against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light as the Eagles came back from 2-0 down.

It was a third successive league win for Palace, who had collected three points on only two occasions in their previous 22 attempts in 2016.

“Everybody keeps leaning on last year, but no-one knows those facts more than us – that’s why we changed the squad, me and the chairman. His backing has been tremendous for me,” Pardew said.

“We have changed the team and now suddenly we look like we have got goals in it. We would never have scored three goals in the second half of last season.”

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