Thursday, 19 October, 2017

That Shows How Things Have Changed - Sam Allardyce Hails Crystal Palace Fightback

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare has questioned UEFA's charge of improper conduct against the club's sports scientist Tom Joel Crystal Palace v Leicester City
Spencer Simpson | 17 April, 2017, 00:36

Allardyce added: "The aim will be to try and secure another three points but we are playing a team in exceptionally good form like ourselves and this will be just as hard a game as we faced against Arsenal on Monday night, if not more [difficult]".

"Then you get results like we did against Chelsea and Arsenal and you realise why you do it".

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.

After that comical error, Palace looked to pile the pressure on, with Wilfred Zaha and Andros Townsend looking particularly risky down the flanks.

Palace piled on the pressure after cutting the lead and were rewarded with Benteke's 14th goal of the campaign.

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare will wait until the last minute before deciding whether to gamble on Wes Morgan's fitness in Tuesday's decisive Champions League showdown with Atletico Madrid.

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

Wilfried Zaha has assisted nine goals for Crystal Palace in the Premier League this season, equalling the record by an Eagles' player in a single PL campaign (Wayne Routledge, nine in 2004-05).

The visitors appeared to be on their way to victory after Vardy had made it 2-0 early in the second half, but a resurgent Palace dug deep as Cabaye quickly cut the deficit and Benteke earned a deserved point for Sam Allardyce's side 20 minutes from time. "Psychologically the players are in a far better place now than when I first arrived", said Allardyce. "Teams can go on a run, as we've proved, so we need to keep that momentum going".

"We're a bit gutted with the result in the end - if we'd held on to the two-goal lead for a bit longer, we'd have been fine", he said.

Townsend has been directly involved in seven Premier League goals this season (three goals, four assists); his best return in a top-flight campaign. He's never been relegated from the Premier League.

Benteke has scored 21 Premier League headed goals since his debut in September 2012; only Olivier Giroud (24) has scored more.

CRYSTAL PALACE welcome Leicester City to Selhurst Park this weekend as they look to pull away from the Premier League's relegation fight.

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

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