A decent first half performance from the Eagles was not enough to return from the King Power with any points as the hosts took another step towards Champions League football next season.
26th April 2021
Leicester City 2-1 Crystal Palace
King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL
Behind closed doors
Referee: Graham Scott. Assistants: Simon Long, Eddie Smart. Fourth official: Jonathan Moss. VAR: Stuart Attwell. Assistant VAR: Scott Ledger.
BOOKINGS – Jairo Riedewald (18)
RED CARD – none
Wilfried Zaha (12), Timothy Castagne (50), Kelechi Iheanacho (80)
TEB MAN OF THE MATCH
After 16 days without a game, Palace put in a decent performance in the first half, even after a couple of early scares. However, a slow start to the second half put the visitors on the back foot and ultimately failed to match that early showing. Having said that, Palace did create chances to grab a second which were not taken, so while the result was disappointing, the energetic performance with plenty of bite was not quite enough on the night.
VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE
There was one major referral for a potential penalty to Leicester right before the half time whistle. Joel Ward challenged Wilfred Ndidi right on the edge of the box. No penalty.
BOB’S POINT OF VIEW
Bob White was a coach at Palace under the tenure of Steve Coppell and Alan Smith and will be sharing his point of view each week in our review article.
“A much better overall performance but ultimately missed opportunities in the second half cost us gaining at least a point. The 4-5-1 shape suited us with Zaha in a more effective starting wide position. A well crafted opening goal resulted from an incisive inside pass by Eze and a cool finish by Zaha. Our first half performance was particularly decent, nullifying Leicester’s obvious strengths up top.
Unfortunately, two excellent finishes spoilt the shift every single player had put in during the course of the game. Leicester will arguably go on to qualify for a Champions League spot and maybe with a similar approach in commitment and set up, Palace will end the season around the 45 point mark. Then the planning and changes in personnel really begins in earnest for next season.
Up the Palace!”
31 VICENTE GUAITA (6) – more saves to keep us in the game, makes us wonder what we would do without him
2 JOEL WARD (6) – solid enough game, close to giving away a penalty right on half time
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6) – mistake for the first goal where he must do better in his attempt to clear the ball
6 SCOTT DANN (6) – did not do a lot wrong after finding himself back in the starting line up due to Cahill’s injury
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6) – could not have done much about the winning goal and linked up well in the first half when venturing forward
9 JORDAN AYEW (6) – found it a frustrating game with nothing coming off for him not matter how he tried. Replaced by 10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (x) on 78 minutes who had no time to have an influence on the game.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (CAPTAIN! – 6) – good game in the middle of the park, strong in the tackle and did not receive a booking! Replaced by 22 JAMES MCCARTHY (6) on 83 minutes who could do nothing in his short time on the pitch
44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (BOOKED! – 6) – played well in the midfield and had a glorious chance when breaking through the defence but was in two mind and chose to pass instead of having a shot himself. Replaced by 15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (6) on 85 minutes who could do nothing to prevent defeat.
25 EBERECHI EZE (ASSIST! – 7) – great assist for the goal and showed some really nice touches throughout the game
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (GOAL! – 7) – took his goal well and played well in the first half but was rather anonymous in the second
20 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (7) – was a nuisance all game and it was his hard work that set up the opening goal
Jack Butland, Nathaniel Clyne, Tyrick Mitchell, Martin Kelly, Andros Townsend, Jeffrey Schlupp, James McCarthy, Jean-Philippe Mateta, Michy Batshuayi
Schmeichel, Fofana, Evans, Soyuncu, Castagne, Tielemans, Ndidi, Thomas, Maddison, Iheanacho, Vardy
SUBSTITUTES – Ward, Pereria, Albrighton (replaced Thomas on 70 mins), Amartey, Choudhury, Mendy, Praet, Perez (replaced Maddison on 70 mins), Under
POST GAME QUOTES
ROY HODGSON – “I thought for long periods we were going to get at least a point. At half-time I thought we might go on to win. Leicester scored quickly after the break but after that we looked as though we were seeing the game through reasonably well. Objectively I didn’t think it was a bad performance. Had we got a good result I don’t think people would have begrudged us. If we hadn’t conceded the goal so early in the second half, our confidence would have been high. The equaliser came too early after half-time. We didn’t get enough time to enjoy the fact we were leading. I honestly thought we’d see the game through… but I was wrong.”
BRENDAN RODGERS – “It was a very important win for us. It was the third game in nine days so a tough schedule. Going one behind against a Roy team, they’re super organised and tough to break down. I thought the players were outstanding. They kept the calmness and control and scored two very good goals.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Kelechi Iheanacho (8.4) while James Maddison, Jamie Vardy and Christian Benteke (3) had the most shots. The most tackles were by Youri Tielemans (6) as Jamie Vardy (3) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.86 – 6.38
- Total shots: 13 – 4
- Shots on target: 5 – 2
- Possession: 67.1% – 32.9%
- Pass success: 84% – 64%
- Passes: 597 – 297
- Dribbles: 7 – 4
- Aerials won: 17 – 20
- Tackles: 18 – 12
- Fouls: 13 – 12
- Corners: 7 – 2
- Saves: 1 – 3
- Dispossessed: 4 -8
POSITION IN THE TABLE
At the final whistle, Palace are 13th in the Premier League with 38 points from 32 games, 3 points behind Wolves in 12th and 2 points ahead of Burnley in 14th.
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