Crystal Palace 1-1 Leicester City: Harvey Barnes rescues point for visitors



Harvey Barnes, Leicester City
Harvey Barnes struck with seven minutes remaining to rescue a point for Leicester at Selhurst Park

Harvey Barnes cancelled out Wilfried Zaha’s opener as in-form Leicester were held to a draw by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Barnes’ low strike into the corner salvaged a point for Brendan Rodgers’ much-changed side, who climb to second in the Premier League table.

Kelechi Iheanacho spurned a golden opportunity to give the visitors a first-half lead when his penalty was saved by Vicente Guaita.

The Nigerian’s miss looked like it might prove costly when Zaha finished superbly from Andros Townsend’s cross, but Barnes’ second goal in as many games rescued a draw for the Foxes.

Leicester, who made seven alterations to the team that drew with Manchester United on Boxing Day, dominated possession but failed to test Guaita from open play until Barnes’ late strike.

The visitors’ only other effort on target was from Ayoze Perez, whose first-half free-kick was easily held by the Spanish goalkeeper.

The point lifts Palace above Newcastle into 13th place, eight points clear of the bottom three.

A step in the right direction for Palace

Having watched his side lose to 10-man Aston Villa 48 hours previously, Hodgson may have welcomed the quick turnaround as an opportunity to make amends for that painful defeat at Villa Park.

The hosts were second best for much of the first half but should have taken the lead after Guaita had denied Iheanacho from the spot.

Former Foxes player Jeffrey Schlupp – making his 100th Premier League appearance for the Eagles – teed up Townsend on the edge of the six-yard box but the winger could only scuff his effort wide.

As has so often been the case this season, it was Zaha who provided the spark of inspiration for Palace.

The 28-year-old connected superbly with Townsend’s in-swinging cross to power an unstoppable volley past Kasper Schmeichel for his eighth league goal of the season.

Hodgson will be frustrated at his team’s inability to hold on to their slender lead, but following recent heavy defeats against Liverpool and Villa, this was certainly a step in the right direction for the Eagles.

More to follow.

Player of the match

GuaitaVicente Guaita

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number31Player nameGuaita

  2. Squad number10Player nameTownsend

  3. Squad number11Player nameZaha

  4. Squad number17Player nameClyne

  5. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp

  6. Squad number8Player nameKouyaté

  7. Squad number5Player nameTomkins

  8. Squad number27Player nameMitchell

  9. Squad number44Player nameRiedewald

  10. Squad number18Player nameMcArthur

  11. Squad number4Player nameMilivojevic

  12. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

  13. Squad number20Player nameBenteke

Leicester City

  1. Squad number15Player nameBarnes

  2. Squad number2Player nameJustin

  3. Squad number6Player nameEvans

  4. Squad number9Player nameVardy

  5. Squad number18Player nameAmartey

  6. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel

  7. Squad number33Player nameThomas

  8. Squad number24Player nameMendy

  9. Squad number8Player nameTielemans

  10. Squad number26Player namePraet

  11. Squad number17Player nameAyoze Pérez

  12. Squad number20Player nameChoudhury

  13. Squad number7Player nameGray

  14. Squad number14Player nameIheanacho

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 31Guaita
  • 17Clyne
  • 5Tomkins
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 27Mitchell
  • 10Townsend
  • 4Milivojevic
  • 44RiedewaldSubstituted forMcArthurat 74′minutes
  • 15SchluppSubstituted forJ Ayewat 84′minutes
  • 20Benteke
  • 11Zaha

Substitutes

  • 1Butland
  • 2Ward
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 9J Ayew
  • 12Sakho
  • 18McArthur
  • 22McCarthy
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 25Eze

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2Justin
  • 18Amartey
  • 6Evans
  • 33Thomas
  • 20ChoudhuryBooked at 51minsSubstituted forTielemansat 57′minutes
  • 24Mendy
  • 17Pérez
  • 26PraetSubstituted forVardyat 66′minutes
  • 15Barnes
  • 14IheanachoSubstituted forGrayat 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Söyüncü
  • 5Morgan
  • 7Gray
  • 8Tielemans
  • 9Vardy
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 25Ndidi
  • 28Fuchs

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