Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

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

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

From a position where they looked dead and buried and unable to respond to Allardyce's methods, five wins in six games have hauled them out of the relegation zone and up to 16th in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce was left satisfied after seeing his side claim a "great point" despite finding themselves two goals down early in the second-half to reigning champions Leicester City.

"It is another point on board".

Jamie Vardy and Leicester have been in good form (Adam Davy/PA) Despite both teams' presence in the bottom half of the Premier League table, had either won, they would have had a record of six league victories from their last seven games. "It's a fantastic point".

"I spent a bit of time boring the players with getting the basics right, but it is the basis of result".

A right wing cross was allowed to drift through the Leicester box to former Foxes player Jeff Schlupp, whose deflected shot fell at the feet of Cabaye and the France worldwide made no mistake with a left-foot finish. We fell to a long throw-in which was very disappointing, especially our marking, and that knocked us back.

Allardyce has suggested they would be interested in keeping the 27-year-old beyond the end of the season, but despite paying an initial loan fee of £2million they will have little advantage over any rivals that may emerge. Once players build a reputation today, home-grown players particularly, there's always a lot of interest in those players. Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare: "There is a tinge of disappointment, especially when you go two up away from home".

"There is a tinge of disappointment, but Selhurst Park is a tough place to come", he said.

However, a narrow loss to Everton was followed by defeat at Atletico Madrid, whom they face in the Champions League quarter-final return leg on Tuesday. "The conversation will be with Wes and our medical department and we'll give him every opportunity between now and then but if he's not ready we won't take a gamble", Shakespeare said.

"It's us going against Leicester to try and get closer to being safe".

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