Palace hit back to claim vital point

Beth Cruz
April 17, 2017

Crystal Palace on the other hand will be putting in 100% and I think they will be backed by a massive Selhurst Park crowd that is behind them.

The result left Palace above the relegation zone on 35 points from 32 games, two behind Leicester who had taken a 2-0 lead through Robert Huth and in-form striker Jamie Vardy.

Ghana defender Jeffery Schlupp was in action for Crystal Palace on Saturday helping them to edge towards Premier League survival with their 2-2 draw against his former club Leicester City on Saturday.

But Yohan Cabaye kick-started the home side's comeback with his second goal in two games before Benteke salvaged the point that moved Sam Allardyce's side seven points clear of the bottom three.

Benalouane went off injured soon after which is bad news for Leicester ahead of the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday for which Wes Morgan is already a doubt.

Andros Townsend sent in a cross through to Benteke who headed in Crystal Palace's equaliser in the 70th minute.

Wilfried Zaha and Townsend found space behind the Leicester defence after a scrappy first-half and the return of Patrick van Aanholt offered extra width for the closing stages.

Leicester (from): Schmeichel, Hamer, Zieler, Simpson, Huth, Benalouane, Wasilewski, Fuchs, Chilwell, King, Amartey, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Gray, Mahrez, Albrighton, Kapustka, Musa, Okazaki, Vardy, Ulloa, Slimani.

The Leicester captain has missed the last five matches due to a back injury and he is far from certain to recover in time for the English champions' bid to overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit against Atletico. This game will mean a lot to the Eagles since a victory will all but secure their spot in the Premier League next season so I am expecting them to put out an fantastic performance. "But we'll give him every opportunity and, with the medical staff, we'll see what their feelings are and we'll make a decision". "We didn't feel sorry for ourselves and eventually we could have won the game". They're in for a recovery session and we'll assess it then.

"I'm pleased with Benteke, with his game coming on and the goals coming back", Allardyce said.

Second-half goals from Yohan Cabaye and Christian Benteke maintained Palace's unbeaten home record stretching back to February.

Again Palace did not lose belief, and within two minutes scored their first goal.

"There was no temptation on my part to rest players (for Tuesday) because we still needed points". "A tremendous fightback and something that would not have happened before I arrived".

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