Palace recovers to hold Leicester 2-2 and boost survival bid

Musa was omitted from the Champions League quarter-final first leg tie between Atletico Madrid and Leicester City at the Vicente Calderon.

Despite some more sustained pressure from Palace, Leicester found themselves with an opportunity to win it at the death, after a Vardy cutback was cleared straight into the feet of Drinkwater, who completely scuffed his shot high and wide of goal, summing up a fairly suspect performance from the Foxes that leaves fans with little confidence going into Tuesday's Champions League clash. It kept our run going, showing just how good we are at the moment.

Complicating the issue is Robert Huth's suspension, which rules the German defender out of the second leg and leaves Yohan Benalouane as Leicester's only available centre-back.

The pace and trickery of Wilfried Zaha and Townsend tested Leicester's resolute defence under Shakespeare, while Mahrez, Vardy and the excellent Marc Albrighton were able to do the same to Allardyce's organised Eagles.

Christian Benteke completed Palace's comeback on 70 minutes, overpowering Yohan Benalouane to convert Andros Townsend's cross, though Danny Drinkwater went close to a victor for the visitors late on.

Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): Hennessey; Ward, Kelly, Sakho, Schlupp (Van Aanholt 67); Cabaye, Milivojevic; Townsend, Puncheon, Zaha (McArthur 84); Benteke.

The fact that Palace, infinitely more confident than they were several months ago, fought back to secure a 2-2 draw may well have something to do with Leicester minds being on their Champions League match. It's a tremendous fightback from the players and that wouldn't have happened when I first arrived - it just shows the change of mood of the players.

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare: "We need to be competitive against a real competitive Palace team". The lads have rushed in and seen all the others below us so it's another point away from the bottom three.

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"I wished him all the very best on jumping into the madhouse and said 'good luck coping with it, "' said Allardyce, 62, whose England assistant Sammy Lee followed him to Palace.

Townsend has been directly involved in seven Premier League goals this season (three goals, four assists); his best return in a top-flight campaign.

Islam Slimani has scored 35 league goals since the start of 2015-16, 16 of which have been from headers (46%).

Crystal Palace v Leicester City, Premier League, Selhurst Park, 15 April 2017.

  • Angelo Rivera