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

by Steven Clarke April 16, 2017, 0:44
Palace recovers to hold Leicester 2-2 and boost survival bid

Danny Mills thinks regardless of Crystal Palace only drawing 2-2 with Leicester City at Selhurst Park, they should have enough to secure Premier League survival.

Early goals from Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy in each half had taken Leicester close to a momentum-building victory as the champions prepare for Tuesday's visit of Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals.

"It's a tight turnaround but one that we're more than capable of".

Sakho's outstanding form has been a major factor in Palace's recent upturn in form that has moved them six points clear of the bottom three, justifying the £2 million loan fee they paid Liverpool.

"They probably need another couple of draws or a win in their last five games".

It took only seven minutes of the second half for Leicester to double their lead, and demonstrate why their manager Craig Shakespeare has succeeded since replacing Claudio Ranieri.

Surprise of the matchThat Palace had it in them to respond from going two goals down.

Palace quickly went in search of an equaliser and Benteke came close to restoring parity in the 16th minute, chesting down Joel Ward's cross from the right before testing Kasper Schmeichel with a low shot from six yards out, only for the Leicester goalkeeper to deny him with a superb reflex save. They have rediscovered the identity that won them last season's title, as they again showed when on the break Riyad Mahrez played in Vardy, who beat former team-mate Jeffrey Schlupp before curling inside the far post beyond Wayne Hennessey with his left foot. The visitors' authoritative defending then restricted Palace's chances, and shortly before half-time frustrated Andros Townsend when Huth blocked another shot from inside the area with a sliding challenge.

The game had fired into life and the home side worked their way back onto level terms in the 70th minute when Benteke climbed above Yohan Benalouane to head home Townsend's cross.

- Andros Townsend has been directly involved in seven Premier League goals this season (3 goals, 4 assists); his best return in a top-flight campaign.

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