Crystal Palace show a backbone in fighting back for point vs. Leicester
Crystal Palace showed great character by fighting back from two down to collect a point against an in-form Leicester side.
A 2-0 deficit in the past might have looked insurmountable, but Palace have developed a backbone and some bite. Where the players would previously have allowed their heads to drop, they instead reacted immediately and could even have won the game.
The defensive error which lead to the opening goal was, according to Sam Allardyce, the result of players forgetting their roles. It was frustrating but Palace recovered well.
7/10 -- Palace didn't start the game well but for the last 20 minutes of the first half and most of the second, Allardyce's team looked the better side. The manager has made Palace a very good team.
Player ratings: (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Wayne Hennessey, 7 -- Should have done better with Leicester's second but had a decent game otherwise.
DF Jeffrey Schlupp, 7 -- Handled Jamie Vardy's pace for most of the game but could have done better for the second goal.
DF Mamadou Sakho, 8 -- Made a few excellent tackles throughout the game and continues to provide an assuring presence to the back line.
DF Martin Kelly, 8 -- Developing into a solid centre-back choice for Palace, having struggled to fit in as a full-back for so long.
DF Joel Ward, 7 -- As with Schlupp, faced up against Leicester's pace well.
MF Luka Milivojevic, 8 -- Had some difficulty in the first half with his passing but his defensive work allowed Palace to build attacks throughout the second half.
MF Yohan Cabaye, 8 -- Another game, another goal from the France international. His work in the attacking third was excellent.
MF Jason Puncheon, 7 -- His desire is an example to others in the team, driving Palace forward throughout the game. Being critical, he should try to take some shots from the positions he takes up.
FW - Wilfried Zaha, 7 -- Despite having a frustrating game he showed intent throughout and produced a number of opportunities for others to score.
FW Christian Benteke, 8 -- Benteke's workrate has improved significantly under Allardyce. He's now a constant threat and his goal, leaping over Yohan Benalouane to head in, was an example of just powerful he can be.
FW Andros Townsend, 9 -- A ceaseless performance of energy and tenacity. It was his defensive work in addition to his attacking play that was noteworthy. He's showing the quality that Palace fans expected to see when he first signed.
DF Patrick van Aanholt, 7 - Showed some excellent touches throughout his 20 minutes on the field.
MF James McArthur, NR -- Brought on to ensure Palace respected the point, and they did just that.