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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
08:42 13th April 2011

Leicester 1 Palace 1

Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman made four changes for the visit to Leicester City as the home side continued their push for an end of season play off place. Darren Ambrose, Steffen Iversen and James Vaughan started the game on the bench as Owen Garvan came into midfield and Pablo Counago back in the forward line after having to miss the weekend match as a loanee against his parent club. The first corner of the night went to the home side as a Paul Gallagher free kick was cleared by the defence and the resulting set piece fell to Diomansy Kamara but the ball was cleared by Kagisho Dikgacoi. In the opening stages Palace looked dangerous on the break but the best effort was a cross from Dean Moxey which was palmed away and behind for a corner by goalkeeper Chris Weale. The best chance of the opening half an hour fell to Kamara on 23 minutes when he collected a cross from Gallagher but will have been disappointed with his finish as he shot wide of the target from a good position in the penalty box. It was Palace who made the breakthrough when a superb effort from Sean Scannell broke the deadlock as the youngster fires home from just over 30 yards out from goal to put his side ahead. It was not long before the same player was giving more concern for Sven-Goran Eriksson's defence as he made Weale produce a fine save and then from the rebound Counago couldn't keep his shot down and it went over the 'keeper's bar. Scannell's first goal of the season separated the two sides at the break as no more goal scoring opportunities came either sides way in the closing stages of the opening period. Eriksson made one change at the break as he brought on Darius Vassell in place of Gallagher. The first opportunity on goal in the second period came from the Foxes captain Matt Oakley. The ball fell to him outside the box after good work by Vassell down the left hand side but he shot just wide of Julian Speroni's left hand post. He made no mistake with his next chance though as he fired past Speroni on 58 minutes to bring the scores level. Richie Wellens cross was cleared by Paddy McCarthy but as the ball came to Oakley he volleyed home the equaliser giving the 'keeper no chance. The home side soon had a good opportunity to go ahead when Ben Mee's cross helped on across the face of goal by Vassell but from close range Yakubu couldn't convert and saw his effort go over the bar. Speroni was called upon in the next chance though as Patrick Van Aanholt had space down the left and his shot was saved low down by the goalkeeper and the loose ball was cleared by McCarthy. As the clock counted down there was still time for another chance as substitute Steve Howard nearly got on the end of Miguel Vitor's cross but once again good defensive work from the visitors kept them on level terms. Five minutes of added time was played out with Van Aanholt shooting over from a free kick from just outside the box. In a disappointing end to proceedings for Wilfried Zaha he was shown red for what must have been an off the ball challenge down by the touchline after a free kick was given against him. A massive point for Palace though with a hard working performance in the midlands. Teams: Leicester Weale, Miguel Vitor, Bamba, Mee, Van Aanholt, Gallagher (Vassell 46), King, Oakley, Wellens,Yakubu (Howard 78), Kamara (Dyer 77). Subs Not Used: Pereira, Bruma, Berner, Abe. Booked: Bamba. Crystal Palace Speroni, Clyne, McCarthy, Gardner, Moxey, Zaha, Danns, Garvan (Agustien 64), Dikgacoi, Scannell (Vaughan 69),Counago (Iversen 80). Subs Not Used: Price, Davis, Ambrose, Cadogan. Sent Off: Zaha (90). Booked: Garvan, Counago, Danns, Vaughan. Attendance : 22,303                      
    Data provided by Press Association