Leicester City 2:0 Crystal Palace
A storming second half performance from substitute Paul Gallagher earned City a 2-0 win over palace at Filbert Way on Tuesday night…
Nigel Pearson made two changes to his side, with fullbacks Morrison and Berner replaced by Neilson and debutante McGivern.
The first half saw virtually nothing of note, with midfield pinball, frequent offside flags and neither keeper breaking sweat.
N’Diaye went close with a near post header for the Eagles, but that was about it.
But the second half, which saw Gallagher on for Dyer, was an immediate improvement. Gallagher woke the crowd up volleying a Fryatt cross goalwards, but Speroni saved.
Then Fryatt had an effort blocked and Wellens fired a shot over from a decent position.
The lively Gallagher was then tripped in the area by Carle for an obvious penalty in the 59th minute. Fryatt’s spot kick was saved by Speroni but who else but Gallagher was on hand to slot home the rebound for his first goal in a City shirt.
Waghorn was then brought on for Howard who appeared to be in some sort of raging fit as he came off the field.
Campbell also came on for Fryatt and immediately had a golden chance to seal the game but shot straight at the keeper when clear through on goal.
Instead it was Gallagher who extended City’s lead, catching Speroni off his line with a brilliant 30 yard lob to seal the three points and complete a night of personal triumph.
Leicester: Weale, Brown, Hobbs, Neilson, McGivern, King, Dyer (Gallagher 46), Oakley, Wellens, Fryatt (Campbell 78), Howard (Waghorn 64). Subs Not Used: Logan, N’Guessan, Kermorgant, Morrison.
Palace: Speroni, Hill, McCarthy, Butterfield, Fonte, Carle (Ambrose 71), Derry, Danns, Sears, N’Diaye (Davis 78), Lee (John 71). Subs Not Used: Ertl, Scannell, Clyne, Flahavan.
Referee: R East (Wiltshire). Attendance: 22,220.