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Palace secure needed win over Leicester

December 15 2018

Luka Milivojevic

Luka Milivojevic

Crystal Palace got back to winning ways with a 1-0 victory at home to Leicester City.

Eagles skipper Luka Milivojevic scored a fine goal just before the interval to secure the win and end a run of two successive defeats.

It may have been a different story if Leicester had been awarded a goal early on after Vicente Guaita fluffed a backpass and Jamie Vardy challenged the keeper for the ball before finding the net. However, referee Michael Oliver ruled that Vardy fouled the Spaniard, who was in the side for the injured Wayne Hennessey.

Palace got the breakthrough six minutes before the break when Milivojevic collected the ball 25 yards from goal and fired beyond Kasper Schmeichel's reach to score.

In the second half, Guaita atoned for his first-half error by pulling off a smart save by pushing Vardy's low effort onto the post and claimed the rebound.

Despite late pressure from Leicester, the hosts managed to hold on for an important three points that moves them clear of the bottom three.

Palace: Guaita, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Meyer (Puncheon 90), Kouyate (Schlupp 65), Milivojevic, McArthur, Townsend, Ayew (Sorloth 77).

Not used: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Wickham.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Pereira, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Albrighton (Okazaki 88), Ndidi, Mendy, Gray (Iheanacho 73), Maddison (Ghezzal 45), Vardy.

Not used: Ward, Simpson, Evans, Iborra.

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