Following Palace’s 2-0 win over Fulham on Saturday without Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke believes the hoodoo of not winning without their talisman has been put to bed.

Before beating Leicester 1-0 in mid-December last year, Crystal Palace hadn’t won without Zaha since September 2016 and the weekend’s win emphasises the responsibility players are now taking at the club according to the Belgian forward.

Goals from Luka Milivojevic and Jeffrey Schlupp gave the Eagles a rare win without Zaha who was serving a charge of improper conduct from the FA following his red card for sarcastically applauding referee Andre Marriner at Southampton last Wednesday.

“We can’t just rely on Wilf,” said Benteke who made his first start since September on Saturday.

“When he is not there we have to show ourselves, that’s what we did (Saturday).

“It is good for the future, it means that we have got a second option when Wilf is not there.

“We have got a lot of experienced players.

“For us we can’t just blame each other because Wilf is not there.

“We have to deal with it.”

Benteke and Palace could be without Zaha for their tie with West Ham on Saturday as the FA consider extending the ban a further game.

The Ivorian has until Tuesday (6pm) to contest the charge to avoid the further match suspension.

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