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Crystal Palace 2 Leicester 2: Christian Benteke leads Eagles comeback against Foxes

Kristopher Love | 19 April, 2017, 00:45

Several Leicester defenders appealed to referee Mike Dean for a free-kick but the goal stood.

However, the player who stood head and shoulders above all others could not be held responsible for either Palace goal and will be a glaring absentee in a match when the quality of fearless leaders will be paramount.

Five wins out of six is impressive in any language and although perhaps at their most dominant against Arsenal on Monday night, that did come against a rival who do not need much of a nudge at the moment to topple over in spectacular fashion.

After this result, he is still on course to save a side which looked destined for the second tier at the start of the year. We must respect the point even though we controlled the game after going behind early on.

The confidence gained from the victory over Arsenal did not do the Eagles any harm when they found themselves two down against the Foxes. "The fans want to be behind the team and the way we respond on the football pitch will decide the attitude of the fans", Wenger said.

They went ahead when Christian Fuchs heaved over a long throw that Huth rose unchallenged to head in after six minutes.

"I have seen fouls given in oher games for what happened with Benteke goal, but there is nothing we can do about it now".

Benteke forced a fine 16th-minute save from Kasper Schmeichel, the ball the looping high and clear.

But they often ran into quality blocking by Mamadou Sakho, whose loan from Liverpool has been such a success.

Crystal Palace have alternated between victory and defeat in their four home Premier League games against Leicester, keeping a clean sheet in each win and failing to score in each defeat. Leading through goals from Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy, they allowed Crystal Palace to recover, displaying defensive frailties that must be eradicated if they are to succeed in progressing against the La Liga side. Riyad Mahrez set Vardy free and he easily turned Jeffrey Schlupp before curling in a shot that Wayne Hennessey should have dealt with.

Leicester midfielder Andy King played 45 minutes in Madrid, but the long-serving midfielder is one of the understudies who could be handed a start against Palace and he is determined to concentrate on the task at hand on the domestic front.

And the Eagles showed great spirit to grab a deserved equaliser on 70 minutes after Andros Townsend's delivery from the left wing saw Benteke rise above defender Yohan Benalouane to nod in.