That Shows How Things Have Changed - Sam Allardyce Hails Crystal Palace Fightback

Crystal Palace and Leicester will look to move further away from the Premier League relegation zone when they go head to head on Saturday (today).

"We need to concentrate on Palace and try to get those points".

Despite some more sustained pressure from Palace, Leicester found themselves with an opportunity to win it at the death, after a Vardy cutback was cleared straight into the feet of Drinkwater, who completely scuffed his shot high and wide of goal, summing up a fairly suspect performance from the Foxes that leaves fans with little confidence going into Tuesday's Champions League clash.

Since then Chelsea have beaten Manchester United twice at Stamford Bridge, 4-0 in the Premier League and 1-0 in the FA Cup albeit with Mourinho's side depleted in the cup match by Ander Herrera's contentious first-half dismissal.

Palace's upturn has been built on them finally discovering a resilience that had been lacking for much of the season. Marc Albrighton's efforts on the left hand flank won a throw-in level with the penalty spot that was launched by Christian Fuchs towards the edge of the six-yard area.

"(Leicester) have a chance (against Atletico).

After that comical error, Palace looked to pile the pressure on, with Wilfred Zaha and Andros Townsend looking particularly risky down the flanks. The loose ball fell to Riyad Mahrez who played an early long ball that triggered a foot-race between Vardy and Jeff Schlupp. On an afternoon when Wilfried Zaha did not impress, he took responsibility and inspired his team.

Crystal Palace have alternated between victory and defeat in their four home Premier League games against Leicester, keeping a clean sheet in each win and failing to score in each defeat.

The Ghana global, who came through the youth ranks as a striker at City, grew frustrated at his lack of first team opportunities at City and was sold to Palace for £12.5million during the January transfer window and has established himself in a resurgent Palace side under Sam Allardyce.

The fact that Palace, infinitely more confident than they were several months ago, fought back to secure a 2-2 draw may well have something to do with Leicester minds being on their Champions League match. Another game gone and it is precious because it keeps our run going. The mental side showed by coming back to get back to 2-2.

"We'd practised defending against that here on the pitch yesterday", said Allardyce, "but the players forgot". "We could have seen it out, but they asked a lot of questions of us with their aerial threat". If ever I thought there was a problem, I'd probably need someone with his experience to give me advice.

  • Loretta Pittman