THE PALACE followers had a very good query for his or her Leicester counterparts: “How s**t should you be? We’re successful away.”
The Londoners had not scored – by no means thoughts gained – on their Premier League travels in eight earlier makes an attempt, however first-half objectives by Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha set them on their manner.
And Leicester’s day went from unhealthy to worse once they had a aim disallowed and noticed Wilfried Ndidi despatched off within the area of a minute within the second interval.
Palace have been a lot the higher facet within the first half and completely deserved their lead.
Leicester’s defending of Andros Townsend’s cross was terrible, permitting penalty-taking unhealthy boy Benteke to amble between Danny Simpson and Wes Morgan and ship a free header previous Kasper Schmiechel, whose beginning place was suspect.
The Palace followers, by no means in need of a very good chant, loved a rendition of “Christian Benteke, he scores when he desires”.
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Moments later, although, their large striker virtually did a Romelu Lukaku on the different finish, heading a Marc Albrighton free kick not far large of one among Julian Speroni’s posts.
Leicester had a few half probabilities and a shout for a penalty for handball however it was no shock when Zaha doubled the guests’ benefit.
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Riyad Mahrez gave the ball away and Benteke this time turned supplier, charging ahead after holding off challenges after which offloading on the excellent second to the Ivory Coast worldwide.
Zaha nonetheless had lots to do, however he wrong-footed Ben Chilwell with a stepover after which completed emphatically. “He’s simply too good for you,” sang the visiting supporters, justifiably.
Benteke might have made it three early within the second half, earlier than Mahrez pressured Julian Speroni into his first save of the match.
Vicente Iborra headed into the web from a Mahrez free kick on the hour however solely after pushing James Tomkins.
Nearly instantly Ndidi went down underneath a problem from James McArthur within the field, however referee Martin Atkinson dominated the Leicester man had dived and confirmed him a second yellow card, after reserving him barely 10 minutes earlier for a foul on Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Leicester couldn’t discover a manner again into the sport from there. Palace continued to defend stoutly and threaten on the break, with Schmeichel denying Benteke a 3rd aim for Palace.
Townsend fired over the bar and Benteke noticed one other effort deflected large on an ideal afternooon for Palace and a dismal one for Leicester.
And within the closing minute of stoppage-time, Loftus-Cheek fed substitute Bakary Sako, who scored in off the publish.
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Truth, Stats, Targets and Lols
- Christian Benteke has scored Crystal Palace’s final two Premier League away objectives, however these objectives got here 237 days aside.
- The burly Belgian striker ended a run of THIRTEEN video games with out a aim, his worst run since becoming a member of the Premier League.
- It was speculated to be a day of celebration for Wilfried Ndidi, who turns 21 as we speak. However he was given a card he didn’t need – a purple, after choosing up a second yellow for diving. Nightmare.
- Puel has not gained 5 consecutive league fixtures as a supervisor since August to September 2008 with Lyon. That document will now nonetheless stand.
- Palace at the moment are seven Premier League video games unbeaten for the primary time. It’s their longest undefeated streak within the prime flight since a run of 12 video games in 1990.
What They Stated
Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha instructed Sky Sports activities: “The crew is buzzing, we performed so effectively as we speak and we took our probabilities. I’m blissful for the squad.
“Groups simply assume as a result of Christian Benteke simply wins headers, we will really each play. We received our probabilities, we took them.
Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke tells Sky Sports activities: “It is a fantastic outcome this afternoon, I believe we deserved these three factors. We labored actually exhausting to win the midfield battle as we speak, and I am actually happy to attain.
On getting his aim: “I have been actually affected person and I have been by way of a tough time, however I am an enormous believer, labored exhausting and I’ve received what I deserved as we speak. I cannot hand over, I’ll hold going.”