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Leicester 1-2 Crystal Palace: Match Report
Leicester 1-2 Crystal Palace: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.
Managerless Palace on the march
Two first-half goals from Damien Delaney and Peter Ramage sent managerless Crystal Palace up to fourth in the npower Championship with a 2-1 win and ended Leicester's impressive unbeaten home record.
Defending a 100 per cent sequence at the King Power Stadium, Nigel Pearson's side were second best against a slick Palace side under the stewardship of caretaker boss Lennie Lawrence following the departure of Dougie Freedman this week.
The visitors could have been ahead in the first minute but Yannick Bolasie spurned a chance from just a few yards out.
It was a rocky start for Pearson's Championship leaders but Julian Speroni - making his 250th league start in goal for the Eagles - had to be alert to save a Dave Nugent effort as the Foxes briefly threatened at the other end.
A header from Andy King cleared the bar as the hosts rallied, but Kaspar Schmeichel did well to hold on to a Wilfried Zaha cross as Palace - nine games unbeaten in the Championship - displayed all their attacking intent in the opening stages.
And Lawrence's men took the lead after 23 minutes. Schmeichel failed to deal with a Mile Jedinak corner, feeling he was impeded as he went to claim the ball, and Delaney rattled home from 12 yards out.
Zaha tried his luck from 30 yards out, but Palace did not have long to wait for their second as Ramage headed home from six yards out after 28 minutes, latching onto Bolasie's assist.
It had been a poor start from the hosts, who went into the game boasting six successive home wins, but it got worse 13 minutes from the break when an injured Lloyd Dyer was replaced by Matty James.
Pearson would have hoped for a decent start to the second half but much as his team huffed and puffed, Palace were always a threat at the other end of the field, and a third for the visitors would have ended the Foxes' hopes.
Jamie Vardy would have hoped for a better connection with a header that sailed harmlessly over the bar from close range 10 minutes after the break, and Leicester were forced into a tactical change after 63 minutes when Danny Drinkwater was replaced by Ben Marshall.
Time was running out for the hosts and a speculative shot from all of 35 yards from James showed how well Palace had snuffed out the Foxes' threat.
With 14 minutes left Anthony Knockaert was replaced by Jeff Schlupp, and Leicester finally registered in added time when King headed home.
But the Foxes were second best on a day when Palace showed true promotion potential and the legacy left them by former boss Freedman.
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