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Leicester City 0-1 Crystal Palace

By Timothy AbrahamBBC Sport
Joe Ledley
Crystal Palace have not lost an away game since a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City on 20 December
  • Palace unbeaten away under Pardew
  • Leicester stay bottom of the table
  • Ledley scores his second goal of the season
  • Foxes have one win in last nine home games

Crystal Palace's revival in the Premier League under Alan Pardew continued against Leicester City as they secured victory thanks to Joe Ledley's goal.

Palace midfielder Ledley headed in from a corner early in the second half.

The Eagles have now won three out of their last four league games since Pardew took over as manager.

David Nugent had earlier struck the bar with a header for Leicester, but the Foxes were unable to find an equaliser and remain bottom of the table.

Pardew, who left Newcastle to take charge of Palace at the start of the year, has not lost an away game in all competitions since he replaced Neil Warnock in the dugout.

Palace's away form pleases Pardew

This result put the Eagles six points clear of the relegation zone and while they are not safe yet, Palace supporters might start to look up the table rather than over their shoulders.

Leicester's prospects look bleaker. The Foxes have been bottom of the Premier League since November, and unless results improve soon they may find themselves cut adrift.

And with league matches against Arsenal, Everton and Manchester City in their next three it could be while before they taste victory again.

The Foxes were comfortably the better side in the first half but they were unable show the ruthlessness required to finish off the chances they created.

Nigel Pearson, James McArthur
Nigel Pearson and James McArthur share a joke after the Leicester boss was tackled by the Palace midfielder

Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez burst into the penalty area just before the half-hour mark and his low angled shot was parried by Julian Speroni, with the stretching Esteban Cambiasso unable to get a touch on the rebound.

Moments later, Nugent escaped his marker and met Mahrez's near post corner only to see his header strike the top-right corner of the crossbar.

Jordon Mutch, on his full debut following his switch from QPR, was taken off by Pardew for Yaya Sanogo and the on-loan Arsenal forward soon rippled with side-netting with a shot.

Leicester didn't take chances - Pearson

The Eagles then took the lead 10 minutes into the second half when Dwight Gayle's corner was headed back across goal by Brede Hangeland for Ledley to nod in from close range.

Leicester had a great chance to equalise when Nugent broke into the box and cut the ball back for Cambiasso, but he tried to tee up Mahrez rather than shoot and Palace cleared the danger.

Nigel Pearson's side had their chances in the remainder of the contest as Paul Konchesky fired wide while Jamie Vardy saw his header hooked off the line by Martin Kelly.

Before the final whistle Pearson was knocked over on the touchline by James McArthur resulting a friendly exchange between the Foxes boss and Palace midfielder, before Pearson stopped the player returning to the pitch by grabbing his shirt.

Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson: "It was a game that we had chances and to come away with nothing is quite tough for us.

"We had plenty of good situations while Palace did not create too much.

"It's frustrating we can't turn performances into results."

Asked why he held McArthur back, Pearson added: "Because he said something to me. I don't have to reveal anything do I? I'm more than capable of looking after myself.

"There's no problem with the player. He's a good player and a likeable lad."

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew: "Nigel will be disappointed not get something out the game but it was a good away performance.

"Leicester City have good players, their wide players certainly caused us problems. We should have seen the game out more comfortably.

"I think the changes at half-time helped us, because Brede Hangeland came on and was a colossus at the back and he was significant for the goal."

David Nugent
Leicester striker David Nugent, who has scored twice in the league this season, hit the bar with a header.
Scott Dann, Wes Morgan
Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann was substituted at half-time after a clash of heads with Wes Morgan
Dwight Gayle
Palace forward Dwight Gayle took the corner which led to Joe Ledley's goal
Alan Pardew, Nigel Pearson
Palace completed a league double over Leicester for the first time in 20 years



Formation 4-4-2

  • 32Schwarzer
  • 17SimpsonBooked at 32minsSubstituted forVardyat 79'minutes
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 5Morgan
  • 3KoncheskyBooked at 90mins
  • 26Mahrez
  • 19Cambiasso
  • 8James
  • 15SchluppBooked at 9minsSubstituted forAlbrightonat 66'minutes
  • 35NugentSubstituted forKramaricat 71'minutes
  • 23UlloaBooked at 79mins


  • 2de Laet
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 9Vardy
  • 10King
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Hamer
  • 40Kramaric

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Speroni
  • 2Ward
  • 6DannSubstituted forHangelandat 45'minutes
  • 27Delaney
  • 34KellyBooked at 82mins
  • 18McArthur
  • 28Ledley
  • 42Puncheon
  • 22MutchSubstituted forSanogoat 45'minutes
  • 11Zaha
  • 16GayleSubstituted forGuédiouraat 78'minutes


  • 3Mariappa
  • 4Hangeland
  • 8Guédioura
  • 9Sanogo
  • 10Campbell
  • 13Hennessey
  • 17Murray
Lee Mason

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leicester City 0, Crystal Palace 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leicester City 0, Crystal Palace 1.

  3. Booking

    Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  5. Post update

    Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Dangerous play by Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace).

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Marcin Wasilewski.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Crystal Palace. Joe Ledley tries a through ball, but Yaya Sanogo is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adlène Guédioura (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yaya Sanogo.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Marc Albrighton (Leicester City).

  12. Post update

    Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew James.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthew James (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Esteban Cambiasso.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matthew James (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross.

  20. Booking

    Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.