Harvey Barnes scored for the second recreation in a row as Leicester went second within the Premier League with another late level after a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.
Leicester had achieved the identical towards Manchester United on Boxing Day, however their journey to Selhurst Park didn’t begin out too nicely after Kelechi Iheanacho’s first-half penalty was saved by Vicente Guaita.
Palace skilled two confidence-sapping defeats, towards Liverpool and Aston Villa, over Christmas and appeared brief in assault in the primary half. But they rallied after the break, scoring with their solely shot on track. Wilfried Zaha (58) began and completed a beautiful counter-attack as Palace appeared to arrest their four-match winless run.
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But Leicester, who made various modifications for the journey to south London, discovered their spark in a lacklustre second-half exhibiting as Barnes (83) dinked alongside the highest of the realm earlier than sending a low shot dwelling to as soon as once more safe a late level.
The consequence sends Leicester again into second forward of the remaining video games on Matchday 16, three factors behind Liverpool, whereas Palace transfer up one place into thirteenth.
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Leicester snatch another late draw at Selhurst Park
Harvey Barnes scored late to safe some extent for Leicester at Selhurst Park
There had been half-chances for either side within the opening quarter-hour. Zaha was by way of on objective, however had his effort saved by Kasper Schmeichel earlier than the offside flag was raised. Ayoze Perez may then solely nod huge from Luke Thomas’ deflected cross, earlier than Iheanacho noticed his strike turned behind for a nook.
Leicester had been awarded a penalty within the 18th minute after James Tomkins caught Thomas. With common penalty takers Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans on the bench, Iheanacho lined it up, however a hesitant run-up allowed Guaita to guess the best method, making an in the end snug save from a weak spot-kick.
Crystal Palace: Guaita (7), Clyne (7), Tomkins (7), Kouyate (7), Mitchell (7), Milivojevic (7), Riedewald (7), Townsend (7), Schlupp (7), Zaha (7), Benteke (6).
Subs used: McArthur (6), Ayew (6).
Leicester: Schmeichel (7), Justin (7), Evans (7), Amartey (7), Thomas (7), Mendy (7), Choudhury (7), Praet (7), Perez (7), Barnes (8), Iheanacho (6).
Subs used: Tielemans (7), Vardy (6), Gray (6).
Man of the match: Harvey Barnes.
Palace had their finest likelihood of the half simply earlier than the 30-minute mark. Jeffrey Schlupp drove down the left flank earlier than whipping the ball into the realm for the ready Townsend. However, Townsend may solely direct his effort inches huge of the goal together with his first contact. Soon after, Iheanacho went shut once more, however after peeling away from his defenders, may solely ship a header huge from shut vary after it bounced off his shoulder.
Crystal Palace started the second half nicely and after an earlier miss brought on an outburst of frustration from Zaha, he redeemed himself with a beautiful opener simply earlier than the hour on his 2 hundredth Premier League begin for the membership.
- Crystal Palace made 5 modifications. Joel Ward, Patrick van Aanholt, James McArthur, Scott Dan and Eberechi Eze dropped out with James Tomkins, Andros Townsend, Nathaniel Clyne, Tyrick Mitchell and Jairo Riedewald coming in.
- Leicester additionally made wholesale modifications. Kasper Schmeichel, James Justin, Jonny Evans and Harvey Barnes had been the one gamers to maintain their locations. Caglar Soyuncu returned to the bench whereas the likes of Timothy Castange, Wesley Fofana and James Maddison weren’t included amongst a busy spherical of fixtures.
He was on the coronary heart of a counter-attack, driving down the sphere earlier than choosing out Townsend who then lifted a cross into the realm. Zaha arrived on the again put up to volley the ball previous Schmeichel down low on the close to put up.
Hunting for the equaliser, Leicester threw on Tielemans, Vardy and Demarai Gray but it surely was the spectacular Barnes who made the breakthrough within the 83rd minute. The ball broke to the winger, who danced his method throughout the highest of the realm earlier than hitting a low, arduous shot into the nook for his eighth objective of the season.
Wilfried Zaha scored an outstanding objective to place Crystal Palace forward
It was Leicester who pushed for the winner within the last throes. Goalscorer Barnes twice despatched efforts huge of the goal with Gray additionally firing a free-kick over the bar and Perez going shut from point-blank vary.
Man of the match – Harvey Barnes
Harvey Barnes celebrates his objective with Jonny Evans
It was another optimistic show from the 23-year-old, who’s rising in his function in Leicester’s assault. He was one in every of solely 4 gamers to maintain their locations from the match towards United, during which he additionally scored.
Barnes had a whopping six pictures – double that of the subsequent highest Leicester contribution. He additionally supplied for his team-mates, making excellent, direct runs and sending in 4 crosses. Barnes racked up the identical quantity for interceptions too as he took benefit of some slack Palace passing at instances.
Barnes has now scored eight targets in 21 video games in all competitions this season – yet one more than he netted in 42 appearances for the Foxes final time period.
Speaking in his post-match press convention, Brendan Rodgers mentioned of Barnes: “His confidence at this level is improving all the time. Last year was his first full season in the Premier League so we’re trying to get him into areas to score more goals and take that risk in the final third.
“He practises so much, he is engaged on his capturing and ending on a regular basis. His objective immediately was nice… If you see the objective once more, he is acquired numerous our bodies round him however the way in which he creates the house for the shot was implausible. I’m delighted for him, I’ve at all times mentioned he wants to enhance his numbers and his assists and he is doing that. Long might it proceed.”
What the managers mentioned
Vicente Guaita saved a penalty from Kelechi Iheanacho within the first half
Crystal Palace supervisor Roy Hodgson mentioned: “I’m really delighted with the second-half performance, which was back to the Crystal Palace I have been used to seeing and what I think we are capable of doing.
“I wasn’t in any respect pleased with the primary half and at half time, Ray Lewington was nearly apoplectic in his criticism of what we had been doing in that half. Luckily, it produced the required impact and we got here out within the second half and did so a lot better.
“As a result, one may feel it’s a pity we couldn’t hold onto it but if you’re looking at the game over 90 minutes, we had to save a penalty to stay in it at 0-0 and they were so clearly better than us in the first half, I think I would have to say I am pleased with a point.
“Most importantly of all, I’m happy we broke a really nasty sequence which has broken our confidence and brought on us numerous ache.”
Leicester supervisor Brendan Rodgers mentioned: “We’re disappointed with the result in terms of having control of the first half. We had opportunities and if we can get the first goal then it can give us a good foothold in the game. I thought we deserved that in the first half but you’ve got to take your chances.
“Second half, they began brightly within the first 20 minutes and we did not actually get going. We gave away a objective, which we are able to do a lot better in.
“But for the second time in three days, we’ve shown a great reaction. To go behind in a game when you need a lot of physicality to get back into it, I thought the players deserved a huge amount of credit. That will help us going forward, but I thought we had enough chances and pressure to win the game.
“But like I’ve at all times mentioned, if you cannot win it, do not lose it and Harvey comes up with an important objective once more. Hopefully that can be a useful level for us on the finish of the season.”
Opta stats – Leicester’s away days
- Crystal Palace have not received their last league recreation in any of the final 9 calendar years (D7 L2), final doing so towards Millwall within the Championship in 2011 (1-0).
- Leicester City have misplaced simply one in every of their eight away Premier League video games in 2020-21 (W6 D1), after shedding 5 and drawing three of their last eight video games on the highway final season.
- Crystal Palace have stored only one clear sheet of their final 24 Premier League video games, conceding in every of their final 15 within the competitors since beating Southampton 1-0 on the opening day.
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