Match Reports: Crystal Palace 2-2 Leicester City

Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi celebrates with Jamie Vardy after scoring their first goal

Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi celebrates with Jamie Vardy after scoring their first goal

This is a good time for Palace to play Leicester, who are in between both legs of their Champions League quarter-final with Atletico Madrid.

"Every game is going to be tough because so many other teams have points to play for and want to win".

"Then you get results like we did against Chelsea and Arsenal and you realise why you do it".

But Yohan Cabaye kick-started the home side's comeback with his second goal in two games before Benteke salvaged the point that moved Sam Allardyce's side seven points clear of the bottom three. Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare: "There is a tinge of disappointment, especially when you go two up away from home".

After that comical error, Palace looked to pile the pressure on, with Wilfred Zaha and Andros Townsend looking particularly risky down the flanks.

Leicester were comfortable on their lead for much of the opening half, with Palace fans reduced to penalty cries when Andros Townsend's cross appeared to come close to the arm of Marc Albrighton on the half hour.

Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): Hennessey; Ward, Kelly, Sakho, Schlupp (Van Aanholt 67); Cabaye, Milivojevic; Townsend, Puncheon, Zaha (McArthur 84); Benteke.

The Belgium striker refused to be denied, climbing on the back of Benalouane - still deputising for the injured Wes Morgan - to power his header past Kasper Schmeichel.

The Eagles were 2-0 down to the Premier League champions shortly after the interval, but goals from Yohan Cabaye and Benteke secured a precious point. It's a tremendous fightback from the players and that wouldn't have happened when I first arrived - it just shows the change of mood of the players.

"We didn't sit back after that, a great game, fantastic game, and I'm very pleased we got back to 2-2 and our response".

"We need to focus on the game this weekend and make sure we don't get wrapped up in all the talk of us being safe, because we are not", he said in his pre-match press conference.

Palace are unbeaten in their past four Premier League games at Selhurst Park (W3 D1), their longest unbeaten streak since February 2014 (four games unbeaten).

- Christian Benteke has scored 21 Premier League headed goals since his top-flight debut in September 2012; only Olivier Giroud (24) has scored more.

Shakespeare has ruled Morgan out of the Palace game and says he will not rush Morgan back to face Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday despite fellow defender Robert Huth being suspended.

Jamie Vardy has scored five goals in his last six league appearances.

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