Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke admitted he was disappointed that his treble against Queens Park Rangers wasn’t enough to give the Midlands club all three points in their relegation battle on Tuesday night, reports Sky Sports.
The Belgian international scored a hat-trick, with his third goal rescuing a point for the Villans near the end of the game, as they had gone behind from a Charlie Austin goal. Benteke was unsurprisingly named man-of-the-match, and was singled out for praise by manager Tim Sherwood too.
He said he was happy to have scored three goals in a game, but that it would have felt better had Aston Villa won the game too. Their race for survival continues after only earning a point, and if results go against them for a consecutive weekend, Tim Sherwood’s side could find themselves in real trouble at the worst time.
Benteke added that he and the rest of the team will fight to stay in the Premier League, and has suggested the point against Queens Park Rangers could still prove to be crucial to keep them in the top-flight come May.
“I wanted more (from the game). It’s always nice to score a hat-trick but it just a shame because we didn’t get the three points, as we deserved it. We were better than them, but they were more efficient than us because they got three chances and scored each of them. Every point is going to be crucial so we need to keep fighting until the end, and hopefully we will be safe,” he said.
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