Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Palace fight back to force 2-2 draw with Leicester

Palace fight back to force 2-2 draw with Leicester

Andros Townsend is likely to feature despite an ankle problem, but Scott Dann (knee), James Tomkins (calf) and Frazier Campbell (hamstring) are all out. The mental side showed by coming back to get back to 2-2.

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has lauded the qualities of Ghana defender Jeffrey Schlupp.

Mark Scott: "A little over two months ago, Crystal Palace were second from bottom in the table, with Leicester lying just one place above the relegation zone".

We must respect the point even though we controlled the game after going behind early on.

Starting with Leicester, this game will not mean a whole lot to the Foxes as they just played last week in the Champions League and the players will want to recharge before the second leg in a quarter final tie that is still very winnable for the Premier League Champions.

On Mamadou Sakho's loan deal: "There isn't a clause (to make the deal permanent) because his deal was done in the Bournemouth corridor by me after we had won 2-0, and Steve (Parish, Palace's chairman) finishing the negotiation over the phone to try and secure Mama". None of us are safe.

"We needed to be competitive and we had to pick a team to do that". It'll be a really tough challenge.

Allardyce called last Monday's 3-0 win over Arsenal one of the best of his managerial career.

The Belgium worldwide came close to a victor soon after, but Schmeichel showed his class with a fine save to preserve a point for the Champions League quarter-finalists.

Leicester go into the game a goal behind after Antoine Griezmann scored the only goal of the match from the penalty spot in the Spanish capital for Atletico.

They lost 4-2 at Goodison Park, and were so open. In Leicester they were encountering the opposite; Palace's equal in being direct and playing with pace, and a team willing to remain deep and attack on the counter.

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

"The Crystal Palace fans have been incredible - ever since the Sunderland game they have been".

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).

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