Crystal Palace fight back to force 2-2 draw with Leicester City

Robert Huth, who will miss Leicester City's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, showed he will be sorely missed with a commanding defensive display.

Cabaye pulled one back within just two minutes and it fell to Benteke to head in the leveller, with Palace looking the more likely to seal a win late on, though Leicester held firm.

He said: "We started well but we conceded a cheap goal from the throw-in and Leicester are not an easy team to chase the game against because they have one of the best defences in the league".

Leicester have the chance to make amends and extend their incredible European run when they host Atletico in the second leg on Tuesday.

Wilfried Zaha has assisted nine goals for Crystal Palace in the Premier League this season, equalling the record by an Eagles' player in a single PL campaign (Wayne Routledge, nine in 2004-05).

But the Eagles got off to an bad start by conceding after just six minutes as slack marking allowed Robert Huth all the time in the world to head home Christian Fuchs' throw-in on the left.

Leicester City meanwhile, are on the verge of the unthinkable: a place in the semifinals of the Champions League.

But others around him were not so confident and twice allowed Palace a route back into the game.

However, sloppy defending by the champions let Palace back into the match two minutes later as Cabaye took advantage of static marking and steered in a neat shot from 10 metres.

"We needed to be competitive and we had to pick a team to do that".

"When you finish a game with a point having been 2-0 down, you have to be incredibly satisfied", he added. Another game gone and it is precious because it keeps our run going. "We didn't sit back after that, a great game, fantastic game, and I'm very pleased we got back to 2-2 and our response".

The Palace boys have been in resurgent form in recent weeks and appear to be winning their fight to avoid relegation.

"There is a tinge of disappointment, especially when you go two up away from home", said Shakespeare. We could have seen it out if we'd stayed in the lead a bit longer, but they asked a lot of questions of us with their aerial threat. But we must keep picking up points until we're safe.

  • Loretta Pittman