Premier League Statistics: Crystal Palace 2-2 Leicester City
- Date – 15th April 2017
- Venue – Selhurst Park
- Attendance – 25,504
- Referee – Mike Dean
- Bookings – Simpson, King
- Goals – Huth (6), Vardy (52), Cabaye (54), Benteke (70)
- Star Eagle – Christian Benteke (8.6)
The players showed a different side to their game following the success of recent weeks by adding grit and sheer determination after going two goals behind against the Premier League champions. There was no feeling sorry for themselves, just a roll up the sleeves attitude to drag themselves back into the game. Respect the point has been the Sam Allardyce mantra but while that was the least Palace deserved, all three points could well have been secured.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 Wayne Hennessey (5.7) – Did not have an awful lot to do in the game but showed clear frustration at not being able to keep out the second goal for the visitors.
2 Joel Ward (7.3) – Worked hard up and down the right hand side, even got himself forward to almost get a header on goal. Dealt with high balls that came his way well.
34 Martin Kelly (6.3) – Dealt with the visitors front line well alongside the influential Sakho as his stint at centre back continues ahead of Damien Delaney.
12 Mamadou Sakho (6.7) – So much has been said about the Frenchman already and there is little left to describe how much of an impact he continues to have on this Palace side.
31 Jeffrey Schlupp (6.9) – First appearance against his former side and performed admirably in the face of a lively front line. Replaced by 3 Patrick van Aanholt (6.1) on 69 minutes who returned from injury by slotting into his familiar position.
28 Luka Milivojevic (7.5) – Loves a tackle and great on the ball. A few stray passes but picked a couple of sublime cross field balls to team mates to put pressure on the opposition.
7 Yohan Cabaye (7.2) – In the right place at the right time to score for the second game in succession in what is clearly his best form since joining the club.
42 Jason Puncheon (6.7) – Influential with his close ball control and decision making but battling qualities were also evident as the hosts upped the pace to get back into the game.
11 Wilfried Zaha (6.7) – In comparison to recent performances, this was a bit of an off day for the winger but he caused a few problems for his markers as he kept on trying to create chances. Replaced by 18 James McArthur (6.0) on 84 minutes to provide some much needed solidity in the midfield.
10 Andros Townsend (7.9) – A terrific game for the winger who continued his recent good form by working to create chances for others and assist defensively, particularly a couple of excellent challenges late in the game.
17 Christian Benteke (8.6) – Was there to head home the equaliser to cap off a fine all round performance up front and bring his tally to 12 goals for the season.
Unused substitutes – 1 Julian Speroni, 27 Damien Delaney, 4 Mathieu Flamini, 26 Bakary Sako, 9 Frazier Campbell
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
‘The point feels like a win. It’s a tremendous fightback from the players and that wouldn’t have happened when I first arrived – it just shows the change of mood of the players. We’ve got 35 points now and it’s been a fantastic run of results. I spend a bit of time boring the players with getting the basics right but they are the basis of any result – for those Leicester goals we didn’t get the basics right, although Jamie Vardy took his goal brilliantly.’ – SAM ALLARDYCE talking to BBC Sport.
‘There is a tinge of disappointment as we just needed to manage the game better after our second goal. For their second, I’ve seen them given as a free-kick – Benteke is riding on Benalouane’s back – but there’s nothing we can do about it as the referee has given it. We’ve not got enough of a gap. Teams can go on a run, as we’ve proved, so we need to keep that momentum going.’ – CRAIG SHAKESPEARE talking to BBC Sport.
The Who Scored man of the match was Christian Benteke (8.6) who also had the most shots (5). The most tackles were made by Marc Albrighton (7) while Riyad Mahre had the most dribbles (4).
- Team rating: 6.88 – 6.85
- Total shots: 15 – 6
- Shots on target: 4 – 2
- Possession: 57.7% – 42.3%
- Pass success: 74% – 63%
- Dribbles: 12 – 12
- Aerials won: 28 – 21
- Tackles: 18 – 26
- Corners: 8 – 5
- Dispossessed: 17 – 11
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 15th in the table with 35 points from 32 games, ahead of Bournemouth in 16th on superior goal difference and one point behind Burnley in 14th.
- 23/04/2017 Liverpool (a)
- 26/04/2017 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
- 29/04/2017 Burnley (h)
- 06/05/2017 Manchester City (a)
- 14/05/2017 Hull City (h)
- 21/05/2017 Manchester United (a)