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Mahrez winner at Palace keeps the dream alive

Crystal Palace 0:1 Leicester City

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Leicester went 8 points clear at the top of the Premier League with their third consecutive 1-0 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday…

Claudio Ranieri was able to name an unchanged line-up against a Palace side who had yet to win in 2016, but the Eagles carved out an early chance.
Bolasie’s turn and low shot didn’t unduly test Schmeichel.
City had a more clear cut chance in the 10th minute when a superb Drinkwater ball sent Mahrez in on goal, but outrushing Hennessey blocked with his legs and Dann tidied up the rebound.
In a good spell for Palace, Bolasie had a shot blocked by Morgan and then he sent a dangerous cross over for Zaha, but he failed to find the target at the far post.
But it was City who delighted their followers with a 34th minute lead.
Another slide rule ball from Drinkwater sent Vardy in on the left, and his low cross square across the penalty area was met with a cool side-foot finish from Mahrez, who had timed his run perfectly.

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Another Bolasie shot then deflected off Morgan but Schmeichel reacted well to save with an outstretched leg.
The last chance of the half came when Albrighton cut in from the left and fired in a shot that forced a fine save from Hennessey.

Alan Pardew brought on Kelly and Sako for the second half, while an unchanged City went close though the lively Okazaki early on.
Schmeichel had a busier half, punching away a Cabaye free-kick, and saving a goal-bound Sako effort as Palace pushed forward in search of an equaliser.

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But City should surely have had a penalty in the 80th minute when Dann not only pulled, but completely removed Huth’s shirt. But there was to be no comfort zone for City in a nervy closing spell.
Schmeichel saved from Sako, Cabaye went close with another effort and then the City keeper knocked the ball against substitute Ulloa’s head, with both thankful to see it fly wide of the post.
Delaney denied Vardy a goal with a very timely challenge before the most heart-in-mouth moment arrived in stoppage time.
Former-fox Delaney got on to the end of a Dann’s header, but his shot struck the bar.

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It was Palace’s last chance, and the final whistle saw City 8 points clear at the top of the table, sparking a remarkable 20 minute rendition of: “We’re going to win the league.” by a delirious away section that ignored tannoy pleas for them to make their way out of the ground.
There is still a long way to go in this title run-in but this wonderful City side continue to hurdle every challenge.
Claudio Ranieri waxed lyrical: “Sometimes I’ve said we are at the last turn and now we are on the final, home straight. Now I want to see my horses, how they run.”

Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare (Kelly 46), Jedinak (Gayle 78), Ledley, Cabaye, Zaha, Bolasie, Adebayor (Sako 46). Subs Not Used: Speroni, Campbell, Mutch, Puncheon.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Kanté, Drinkwater, Mahrez (Schlupp 85), Albrighton, Okazaki (Ulloa 76), Vardy (Amartey 90). Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Wasilewski, Inler, Gray.

Referee: M Jones. Attendance: 25,041.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber


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Leicester Defeated by Soaring Eagles

Crystal Palace 2:0 Leicester City

Crystal Palace v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 27 Sept 2014,

After last week’s heroics, City never really turned up at Selhurst Park, beaten by two headers from set-pieces soon after the break…

Nigel Pearson stuck with the same side that humbled United, but they came up against a very well drilled Warnock defence that meant that chances were few and far between.

The first real chance of the game came in the 13th minute, when an Ulloa header set Vardy up. His first touch took the keeper out of the equation but three defenders raced to block the City striker’s shot. The rebound fell to Nugent but his attempted curler beat the far post.
In a very tight encounter both sides were reduced to long-range efforts Jedinak and, at the other end, Nugent both failing to trouble the keepers.
It was Palace who began to apply some pressure towards the break, the nearest they got to an opener was when Cambiasso had to block a Jedinak effort on the line.
Schmeichel then had his palms stung by a vicious Puncheon 30 yarder.
Cambiasso set Vardy up with a chance just before half-time, but he missed the target and 0-0 was a fair enough scoreline at the break.
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Although City had the first chance in the second half,  Nugent having a shot blocked by Ward, the game soon swung dramatically in favour of the Eagles.

In the 51st minute. Dann rose above the City defence to nod on a corner, and summer-target Campbell touched it past Schmeichel from close in.
Three minutes later another ball was delivered from the left after Morgan fouled Bolasie. Jedinak met Puncheon’s free-kick, heading across Schmeichel and in at the far post.

For a City side that looked out of sorts, with passes going astray and a long ball tactic that was gobbled up by the giants in Palace’s defence, the game already looked out of their reach.

With half an hour remaining, Simpson replaced De Laet and Mahrez came on for Cambiasso, but still City struggled to make any impression on the red and blue wall. James also came on for Hammond but City were being kept easily at bay.
When Vardy didn’t get a penalty after being shoved in the back by Ward we knew that the game was up.
Simpson had a good effort blocked, but City were never able to create any real pressure late on and succumbed to their second defeat of the season.
Crystal Palace v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 27 Sept 2014,
Gary Lineker summed it up with his: “After the Lord Mayor’s Show” comment on Match of the Day.
We knew there would be days like these, and to suffer one and still be in the top half means that we aren’t doing too bad.
Palace: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Bolasie (Guedioura 90), Campbell (Chamakh 73), Jedinak, McArthur, Delaney, Ledley, Kelly, Puncheon. Subs Not Used: Mariappa, Doyle, Zaha, Hennessey, Gayle. 
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Simpson 64), Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Hammond (Jamies 71), Cambiasso (Mahrez 64), Drinkwater, Nugent, Vardy, Ulloa. Subs Not Used: Hamer, King, Wasilewski, Schlupp.
Referee: Keith Stroud. Attendance: 24,311.
All photos: Simon Kimber.


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City Raid the Palace

Crystal Palace 1:2 Leicester City

Nigel Pearson shuffled his pack for the trip to Selhurst Park and produced a winning start to 2012…
No one could have predicted Pearson’s line-up to face Palace with full-backs Peltier and Konchesky out in favour of Liam Moore and Tom Kennedy who had just returned from loans spells with Bradford and Peterborough. They performed the wing-back roles with Tunchev brought back alongside Mills and Bamba in a 3-5-2.
In midfield former-Eagle Danns replaced Wellens and he was to have a big influence on the afternoon’s proceedings.
After a slightly shaky start for the new look City defence, which saw Garvan uncomfortably close to Schmeichel’s goal, City began to gain some ground. Bamba went close with a header from a Danns corner and then the ex-Palace man put City ahead in the 18th minute thanks to a gift from Palace keeper Price.
Price’s quickly taken kick struck the back of Murray and fell for Danns on the left who cut inside Clyne before curling a fine shot into the net. He followed this with the fashionable ‘muted-celebration’ against a former-club. You play for us now… CELEBRATE!
1,255 visiting fans were celebrating again in the 37th minute when City extended their lead after resisiting a spell of home pressure. Keinan fouled the pacy Schlupp and Danns delivered a good free-kick which was nodded on by Nugent for Bamba to bundle home at the far post.
City fans were allowing themselves to contemplate the possibility of being only the second side to take 3 points from Selhurst Park this season, when Palace struck back four minutes before the break.
Good work from Garvan set up a chance for Parr who beat Schmeichel with a fine finish.
It could have been worse for City with Schmeichel saving from Murray just before the half-time whistle.
The second half saw another change-round for City, with Dyer on for Tunchev and a reversion to 4-4-2.
Palace did most of the attacking in search of an equaliser, but City stood firm. Murray, Garvan and Zaha all went close but couldn’t find a way through a determined City rearguard.
Beckford and Howard were introduced for the last 15 minutes but Howard’s contribution consisted of telling the linesman something that earned him an straight red card.
Ten man City held out for a very welcome three points, ensuring a Happy New Year, and perhaps showing that Nigel Pearson does have a Plan B after all.

Palace: Price, Clyne, Keinan, Ramage, Parr, O’Keefe (Ambrose 55), Jedinak, Garvan, Zaha, Murray (Easter 73), Scannell (Martin 72). Unused Subs: Fitzsimons, Dikgacoi.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Mills, Bamba, Tunchev (Dyer 46), Moore, King, Abe, Danns, Kennedy, Schlupp (Beckford 76), Nugent (Howard 75). Unused subs: Gallagher, Weale.

Referee: J Linington (Isle of Wight). Attendance: 14,460.


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Palace Win Sees City in Fourth Place

Crystal Palace 0:1 Leicester City

City reinforced their credentials as serious play-off contenders last night with a good win at Palace that became more nervy than it should have been before the final whistle brought welcome relief and the news that we are up to fourth.

City kept Solano at right back and Morrison and Hobbs resumed their central defensive partnership. There were no other changes. It was City who imposed themselves on this game from the off and dominated possession, creating danger whenever they came forward.
Dyer was particularly lively again and after good work down the left he set Berner up who crossed low to Gallagher at the far post who somehow missed from close in.
This early chance was followed by further pressure and goal attempts with Oakley’s volley bringing out the best from Speroni before Weale was called in to action to keep out a well struck effort by Andrew.
As half time approached and City kept up the pressure with some fluent football, Davis received a red card in an incident that managed to inflame everyone. A cross in to the Palace area had eluded Waghorn but as everyone’s eyes followed the ball, Davis planted an elbow in to Morrison’s head. This was seen by the linesman who alerted the referee and the red card duly followed. The drama then continued as City pleaded for a penalty. The ball was in play when the incident occurred and the ‘assault’ took place in the area so surely a penalty should be given?
Not so according to referee Tanner who was pursued by angry City players for a while.
Half time came just in time for everyone to calm down and it was City who continued to dominate possession as the second half got underway and Berner was put through for a shot that just cleared the bar. However, it was only a few minutes to wait before the inevitable breakthrough came. Following another good move, Waghorn had a ferocious shot saved by Speroni but the ball fell in to the path of Berner who slammed the rebound in to the net before being mobbed by his delighted team mates.

The goal was also the cue for confusion and mayhem in the away end where over a 1,000 City fans had made the journey south. No sooner had the ball hit the net than a flare was set off at the back of the stand. This prompted a swarm of stewards to descend on the area and a comedy moment ensued as they decided what to do with this flare and when one of south London’s finest decided to stamp on it, the surrounding fans were showered in sparks.
As calm returned City were looking to consolidate their lead and Gallagher nearly succeeded but Speroni was once again equal to his shot.
With half an hour remaining, Nigel Pearson took off Waghorn and replaced him with Howard and then Dyer who was replaced with N’Guessan. Waghorn was particularly displeased with this move and he threw his shirt down as he reached the dug out before storming off to the dressing rooms. The net effect of these substitutions was to blunt City’s attack and invite Palace back in to a match that should have been over for them.
This made for a nervous final twenty minutes as City were unable to keep the ball and were forced to do some desperate defending. Weale made one brilliant save from a Hill header as the minutes ticked away to cap off a confident, solid performance.
Full time brought relief for City in a match that they dominated for long periods but in the end could easily have conceded an equaliser.
The full time results made for happy reading with Swansea’s defeat pushing City up to 4th, and Forest and Coventry losing. With just ten matches remaining City are now 8 points clear of 7th place…
Palace: Speroni, Hill, Butterfield, Davis, Clyne (Lawrence 46), Ambrose (Scannell 79), Derry, Danns, Ertl, Andrew, Lee (Hills 46). Subs Not Used: Carle, John, Djilali, N’Diaye.
Leicester: Weale, Berner, Solano, Hobbs, Morrison, King, Oakley, Wellens, Dyer (N’Guessan 80), Gallagher (Adams 86), Waghorn (Howard 64). Subs Not Used: Logan, Kermorgant, Neilson, McGivern.

Referee: Steve Tanner (Somerset). Attendance: 12,721.

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