Leicester draw like a win for Palace - Allardyce

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare has questioned UEFA's charge of improper conduct against the club's sports scientist Tom Joel

Sam Allardyce says Crystal Palace's 2-2 draw against Leicester City feels like a win given how his side needed to fight back to claim a point in the Premier League encounter. Craig Shakespeare is hopeful talismanic defender Wes Morgan will be fit to return for Leicester City's Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. The loose ball fell to Riyad Mahrez who played an early long ball that triggered a foot-race between Vardy and Jeff Schlupp.

The hard-fought point takes Palace to 35 points and helps edge them closer to manager Sam Allardyce's target of 38 for safety with six games left to play.

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.

Asked what it was that attracted him to the then-Leicester assistant, the Palace manager responded: "His organisation; his training programmes are informative and enjoyable for the players".

Mark Scott: "A little over two months ago, Crystal Palace were second from bottom in the table, with Leicester lying just one place above the relegation zone". Shakespeare was later made Leicester manager until the season's end after Claudio Ranieri's sacking when they were similarly at risk of relegation. They're playing very well at the moment.

The game had fired into life and the home side worked their way back onto level terms in the 70th minute when Benteke climbed above Yohan Benalouane to head home Townsend's cross.

"We happen to be focusing on reaching regularity to get quite a while and [against Osasuna] we're likely going to discover a team that comes excited from their two back-to-back triumphs".

"For their second, I've seen them given as a free-kick - Benteke is riding on Benalouane's back - but there's nothing we can do about it as the referee has given it". I've gone from Sunderland and plotting to make them better to the England job, which I never thought would come my way again, to Steve [Parish, Palace's chairman] bringing me to Palace and where we are now. "We'll get it looked at".

Palace are unbeaten in their past four Premier League games at Selhurst Park (W3 D1), their longest unbeaten streak since February 2014 (four games unbeaten). Andros (Townsend) has turned himself into a top player.

- Christian Benteke has scored 21 Premier League headed goals since his top-flight debut in September 2012; only Olivier Giroud (24) has scored more.

A winning goal eluded either team, denying each a sixth league win from seven.



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