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21:47 20th November 2011

Leicester City 3 Crystal Palace 0

Crystal Palace returned from the international break with a visit to the King Power Stadium to meet Leicester City under new manager Nigel Pearson. He made three changes to the side that lost to Leeds United a couple of weeks ago while Dougie Freedman made the one, bringing in Jonathan Parr for Sean Scannell. The early pressure came from the home side as Paul Gallagher collected the ball from Lloyd Dyer but with defenders in attention he couldn't get his shot on target and then Nathaniel Clyne blocked a chance which fell to David Nugent after good work from Andy King. Palace won their first corner on the ten minute mark as some good work from Wilfried Zaha on the right saw him cross into the centre but King got to the ball first and headed clear before Glenn Murray could get contact on the ball after some good work from the youngster on the wing. Just before the twenty minute mark Julian Speroni had to make his first save of the afternoon as he dived to his right to deny Nugent who rose high to get on the end of a cross from Lee Peltier. On 22 minutes the goalkeeper was called into action again when he pushed around the post a shot from distance by Paul Gallagher after a free kick was awarded for a foul on Jermaine Beckford. He only needed to watch a chance though for the home side with ten minutes of the half remaining as Beckford was picked out in the centre by Nugent but his header didn't trouble Speroni as it went over the bar. Palace's first half chances were limited but with four minutes of the half remaining Murray had a shot which was deflected out for corner and then after good work by Zaha down the left the ball fell to Parr who saw his shot go wide of the target. The half came to its conclusion with neither side able to break the deadlock but the better chances falling to the home side. The visitors had the better openings at the start of the second half, firstly Paddy McCarthy headed just wide of the target as he got on the end of a cross from Wilfried Zaha and then Clyne ran at the home defence and saw his curling shot deflected just wide of the target. It was not long before the 22,000 crowd saw the first goal of the afternoon. Richie Wellens found Konchesky who ran at the defence in front of him before playing the ball back to Wellens, who in turn put in Beckford and he made no mistake putting the ball past Speroni. Just minutes later Beckford should have increased the lead as he was in on goal with Speroni to beat but the shot lacked power and was easily collected by the goalkeeper. Palace missed a great chance to get back on level terms as Zaha got the better of Konchesky down the right but the chance in front of goal was put over the bar by Kagisho Dikgacoi as defenders were in close attention. That was to be KG's last action of the afternoon as he was replaced by Scannell and loan signing Chris Martin came on for Parr. Martin nearly had an immediate impact on the game as the ball came to him after a good run by Murray but he couldn't get his shot on target as the ball came to him so quickly and then Kasper Schmeichel made a point blank save from Martin as the striker got on the end of a cross from Clyne. Two superb strikes from Gallagher then sealed the victory for Pearson on his return to Leicester City FC. On 71 minutes a free kick is passed to him and from 25 yards out he curls a shot into the top corner of the net and then just minutes later the the ball fell to him, even further out, and he struck the perfect shot giving Speroni no chance and a three goal advantage to The Foxes. Late chances to strikers Murray and Martin failed to get Palace a consolation goal as those two excellent strikes from Gallagher confirmed the points were going to the home side. Teams: Leicester Schmeichel, Peltier (Abe 76), St. Ledger, Mills, Konchesky, Gallagher, King, Dyer, Wellens, Beckford (Schlupp 74), Nugent (Howard 75). Subs Not Used: Weale, Danns. Crystal Palace Speroni, Clyne, Gardner, McCarthy, Wright, Moxey, Parr (Martin 61), Dikgacoi (Scannell 61), Jedinak, Zaha, Murray. Subs Not Used: Price, Ambrose, Easter. Att: 22, 449  Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).
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