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Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Crystal Palace close on survival after comeback earns draw

Crystal Palace close on survival after comeback earns draw

Ghana defender Jeffery Schlupp was in action for Crystal Palace on Saturday helping them to edge towards Premier League survival with their 2-2 draw against his former club Leicester City on Saturday.

Allardyce has attributed his side's recent run of results to much improved defensive displays but would not have been happy when Palace fell behind to a routine long-throw routine after just six minutes.

The draw leaves Crystal Palace seven points above the drop zone and sitting in 15th spot in the standings. Sam Allardyce's reputation has largely been built on his ability to organise a defence and succeed with set-pieces, so when Christian Fuchs' long throw-in from the left wing was so casually headed in by Huth the Palace manager would have been concerned.

- The Foxes scored from their first shot in the game, while Robert Huth's goal proved to be Leicester's only shot in the first half. Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare: "There is a tinge of disappointment, especially when you go two up away from home".

The France defender has had a significant influence on the vast improvement in Palace's form that has led to five victories from their past six fixtures and taken them into contention to preserve their Premier League status.

Then, after working his way into the box, the Leicester striker cut inside and placed a left-footed shot wide of Hennessey that the keeper could only parry into the net.

Allardyce has suggested they would be interested in keeping the 27-year-old beyond the end of the season, but despite paying an initial loan fee of £2million they will have little advantage over any rivals that may emerge. Andros (Townsend) has turned himself into a top player.

Palace struck back impressively and were back in the game inside two minutes.

There was still more to come from the home side and Benteke brought them level in the 70th minute, beating his man to the ball after Townsend's cross from the left before heading home from the edge of the six-yard box.

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