Lacklustre Palace Never Recovered From Poor First Half In Defeat To Leicester

There are many that perhaps expected this loss and while there should be no excuses, there is no understating how big next Sunday is for everyone involved at the club. Regardless, the Eagles should have been better and a tired looking showing in the opening half was always going to be difficult to recover from.


10th April 2022


Leicester City 2-1 Crystal Palace


King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL


Referee: Robert Jones. Assistants: Dan Cook, Dan Robathan. Fourth official: Jonathan Moss. VAR: Peter Bankes. Assistant VAR: Ian Hussin.


BOOKINGS – Tyrick Mitchell (32), Luke Thomas (67)

RED CARD – none


Ademola Lookman (39), Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (45), Wilfried Zaha (66)


Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (39), James Maddison (45)


Palace were not in the game throughout the first half but the second goal for the hosts was the killer right before the break. One goal down at half time is something to chase and while the Eagles were not well beaten at that point, it was going to be a challenge. You could argue that there should have been changes following the win against Arsenal on Monday night but Patrick Vieira has done enough to earn our trust this season, but he may look back and know whether or not he should have done. The visitors did have their chances and had the hosts pinned back for large periods of the second half but they could not find that equaliser.

See you all at Wembley!


13 Vicente Guaita (6), 17 Nathaniel Clyne (6), 16 Joachim Andersen (6), 6 Marc Guehi (6), 3 Tyrick Mitchell (6), 8 Cheikhou Kouyate (6), 15 Jeffrey Schlupp (7), 9 Jordan Ayew (7), 23 Conor Gallagher (6), 11 Wilfried Zaha (6), 14 Jean-Philippe Mateta (6)

SUBSTITUTES – 1 Jack Butland, 2 Joel Ward (6 – replaced Mitchell on 34 mins), 4 Luka Milivojevic, 5 James Tomkins, 10 Eberechi Eze (6 – replaced Gallagher on 58 mins), 18 James McArthur (6 – replaced Kouyate on 58 mins), 20 Christian Benteke, 22 Odsonne Eduoard, 34 Martin Kelly


1 Schmeichel, 2 Justin, 18 Amartey, 4 Soyuncu, 33 Thomas, 8 Tielemans, 24 Mendy, 22 Dewsbury-Hall, 10 Maddison, 29 Daka, 37 Lookman

SUBSTITUTES – 3 Fofana, 7 Barnes (replaced Lookman on 77 mins), 11 Albrighton, 14 Iheanacho (replaced Daka on 76 mins), 20 Choudhury, 21 Pereira, 23 Vestergaard, 27 Castagne (replaced Maddison on 89 mins), 35 Jakupovic


PATRICK VIEIRA  “The damage was done in the first half with the way we entered into the game. We gave ourselves too much to climb in the second half. In the second half we put more tempo in our game. We were more aggressive and managed to create situations. The difficulties in football is to maintain the discipline and simplicity of working well and hard together. It showed we still have a lot to do to be consistent. In the first half we didn’t play well as a team. We played too many balls backwards. We were not brave enough in our build-up. We gave them belief and the momentum was on their side. The second half was more positive. We played more forward and put them more under pressure. Overall we competed better in the second half. It was a much better team I would say in the second half. We played like we wanted to.”

BRENDAN RODGERS – “I thought we played well. We started really aggressively, pressing them and scored two wonderful goals. We controlled the game with some of our football. At 65 minutes they get the penalty so you then expect a little bit of pressure but we defended when we had to. Overall, I thought the players were fantastic. You are playing against a side with really good physicality. We needed intensity and urgency in the game and we looked to provide that from the first whistle.”


The Who Scored man of the match was Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (8.2) as Wilfried Zaha (5) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Youri Tielemans (5) while the most dribbles were by Jeffrey Schlupp (3)

  • Team rating: 6.73 – 6.45
  • Total shots: 12 – 11
  • Shots on target: 3 – 3
  • Possession: 51.9% – 48.1%
  • Pass success: 84% – 83%
  • Passes: 501 – 495
  • Dribbles: 2 – 9
  • Aerials won: 9 – 11
  • Tackles: 21 – 15
  • Fouls: 11 – 12
  • Corners: 3 – 4
  • Saves: 2 – 1
  • Dispossessed: 13 – 15


Palace are 10th in the Premier League with 37 points from 31 games played, 3 points behind Leicester in 9th and level on points with Brighton in 11th.


17/04/22 Chelsea (n) – FA Cup (4.30pm)

20/04/22 Newcastle (a) – Premier League (7.45pm)

25/04/22 Leeds (h) – Premier League (8pm)



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