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Benteke is the Villa goal hero

Christian Benteke's first goal in nine months handed Villa their first win in 10 games in an edgy 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace last night.

Boss Paul Lambert hailed Benteke's resolve in notching his 30th goal in 60 Premier League games, his first since knee surgery in March.

"It's a massive four points in the last two away games, and we're four games unbeaten," said Lambert. "Benteke back in with a goal and I thought Alan Hutton was fantastic."

Villa crept up to 12th courtesy of just their fourth league win in 14 games this term, with Palace left frustrated due to toothless final-third play.

Lambert hailed Benteke's return to goal-scoring form after a poor red card against Tottenham last month cost him a three-match ban.

"He's missed half the year, so that's the magnitude of it (his 30th goal in 60 league games), I'm delighted for him," said Lambert. "It was a great goal from Christian today. The suspension never helped his case, but that was a fantastic."