Christian Benteke provided possibly the only positive for Crystal Palace in a disappointing trip to Everton on Saturday.

The Belgian forward netted his first goal since April last year to temporarily draw the scores level at Goodison Park.

Picking up Wilfried Zaha’s through ball, the 29-year-old drilled his low effort under Jordan Pickford, who may have felt he should’ve done better.

It may not have been the ‘worldy’ Benteke would’ve been hoping for when breaking his luckless run, but he’ll certainly take it.

"It has been the hardest period of my time in England so far,” Benteke said.

“It has not been easy, but every week there is a new chance, and today I seized it.

"I was happy to score.

"But it was frustrating to lose and the mood is bad in the dressing room."

Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin added to Bernard’s opener however to hand the Toffees the points as they continue their resurgence under Carlo Ancelotti.

Defeat leaves Roy Hodgson’s men just six points above the bottom three, and although the dreaded ‘relegation battle’ has yet to be mentioned, it won’t be long before they’re looking over their shoulder.

Despite defeat Palace fans were hopeful that now Benteke has got off the mark this season, and with his injury troubles behind him, that he’ll start showing why Palace were right to cough up the best part of £30million to prise the forward from Liverpool.