Leicester City 1:0 Crystal Palace
Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of a tough contest against Palace at the KPS on Saturday, so becoming the first City player ever to score in seven consecutive top-flight games…
Claudio Ranieri made one change to his side with Mahrez in for Okazaki and they enjoyed a fine opening spell that had Palace on the back foot.
In the 8th minute Albrighton cut in from the right and hit the inside of the far post with a shot across goal. The rebound fell for Mahrez who stroked it a foot wide of the same post.
Mahrez then tested Hennessey with a 20-yarder before Kanté fired over from the edge of the box.
Drinkwater struck a decent half-volley from distance but Hennessey was right behind it.
Palace then had a rare sortie upfield but good work from Morgan and Huth prevented Bolasie from feeding a ball to Campbell in a dangerous position.
The game then settled down with Palace sitting deep to snuff out City’s counter-attacking game and a Schmeichel save from Cabaye ensured a goalless scoreline at the break.
The second half saw a hard-fought battle all over the pitch and chances were few.
Schlupp sent an effort narrowly wide, but then City pounced on an error to break the deadlock on the hour.
Hangeland’s misdirected pass out of defence fell for Mahrez, who sent Vardy through on goal.
Vardy, under pressure from a defender and with the keeper racing out to meet him, showed great presence of mind to lift the ball over Hennessey before smashing it home from close range.
A huge roar greeted this goal, partly in acknowledgement of how tough a game this was.
Palace, now forced onto the offensive, looked threatening for a long spell.
Schmeichel made a save from Sako and then it was all hands on deck for a while as the City keeper made a good save from Bamford and Fuchs headed Dann’s effort away from under the bar.
City weathered this late storm, aided by Ranieri whipping the crowd into a frenzy as the game entered four minutes of injury time, to claim all three points.
Jamie Vardy joined an exclusive club of players who have scored in 7 consective Premier League games, while City opened up a four point gap on sixth place.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Albrighton (Okazaki 63), Kanté, Drinkwater, Schlupp, Mahrez (Dyer 79), Vardy. Subs Not Used: De Laet, King, Kramarić, Schwarzer, Inler.
Palace: Hennessey, Mariappa (Jedinak 76), Hangeland, Dann, Kelly, Cabaye, , Bolasie, McArthur, Puncheon (Zaha 68), Campbell (Bamford 57), Sako. Subs Not Used: Speroni, Mutch, Delaney, Ledley.
Referee: Mike Dean. Attendance: 31,752.
ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber
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