Palace recovers to hold Leicester 2-2 and boost survival bid
- Author: Loretta Pittman Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 0:40
Sakho's outstanding form has been a major factor in Palace's recent upturn in form that has moved them six points clear of the bottom three, justifying the £2 million loan fee they paid Liverpool.
Danny Mills thinks regardless of Crystal Palace only drawing 2-2 with Leicester City at Selhurst Park, they should have enough to secure Premier League survival.
He said: "The point feels like a win". As a result, I think a rested team might be put forward for this game and that will mean that the best possible performance might not be expected.
"It is another point on board". It keeps our undefeated home run going.
"I spent a bit of time boring the players with getting the basics right, but it is the basis of result". In Leicester they were encountering the opposite; Palace's equal in being direct and playing with pace, and a team willing to remain deep and attack on the counter. We fell to a long throw-in which was very disappointing, especially our marking, and that knocked us back. They have rediscovered the identity that won them last season's title, as they again showed when on the break Riyad Mahrez played in Vardy, who beat former team-mate Jeffrey Schlupp before curling inside the far post beyond Wayne Hennessey with his left foot.
Crystal Palace pulled off a fine comeback to record a 2-2 draw against Leicester City after going two goals down early in the second half. Once players build a reputation today, home-grown players particularly, there's always a lot of interest in those players.
Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare will wait until the last minute before deciding whether to gamble on Wes Morgan's fitness in Tuesday's decisive Champions League showdown with Atletico Madrid.
"In terms of recovery we've had this fixture planned for a while", Shakespeare said.
"We are not safe and can't talk about Mama Sakho being a permanent deal here because we're still not safe and our position in the Premier League is not safe".