City get a point from Palace

Crystal Palace 2:2 Leicester City

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Leicester twice came from behind at Selhurst Park to draw 2-2, but a point was not enough to keep them in the play-off frame…

Nigel Pearson made no changes to the side that beat Bolton for this trip to South London.
City survived an early scare when James was saved the embarrassment of an own goal by a fine Schmeichel save.
But after a scrappy opening spell it was Palace who took a 27th minute lead when Gabbidon rose high to meet Dobbie’s free-kick, directing his header beyond Schmeichel’s reach from some distance.
Wood then struck a 25 yard free-kick that hit a defender but looped up over the bar.
City levelled matters in the 37th minute, when a slick move involving Konchesky, Knockaert and Dyer set up King for a side-step round Delaney and a cool finish past Speroni.
Another fine Schmeichel save then denied Murray to ensure parity at the break.

City had early chances in the second half with De Laet heading on-target from James’ free kick, and Konchesky delivering a decent cross which Knockaert, hit over from close in.
Another dangerous Dobbie free-kick saw Wilbraham head against the crossbar in the 58th  minute.
The hosts then regained the lead in the 67th when persistent work from Murray on the edge of the area opened the way for  Dobbie to curl a precise shot round Schmeichel.
Pearson then brought Nugent on for Schlupp and City were gifted a second equaliser.
In the 73rd minute a Delaney error saw Wood bearing down on goal, and he blasted a shot across Speroni to even the score before celebrating with the 2,400 City fans.
Both sides appeared to reluctantly settle for a point late on, with City dropping out of the play-off frame, leap-frogged by Bolton, who beat Middlesbrough.

Nigel Pearson admitted: “I think at any other time we’d be talking about this as a very good point, but we’ve got to win our last two games now.”

Palace: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Zaha, Dikgacoi, Marrow (O’Keefe 78), Dobbie (Bolasie 76), Murray, Wilbraham. Unused Subs: Fitzsimons, Ramage, Moritz, Banton.
: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky, King, Knockaert (Kane 90), Dyer (Gallagher 89), James, Wood, Schlupp (Nugent 73). Unused Subs: Drinkwater, Whitbread, Logan, Moore.

Referee: A. Madley (West Yorks). Attendance: 18,563.


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