Crystal Palace end winless streak without Zaha

15 December 2018 19:20 Gmt

Crystal Palace found their first win since 2016 without their influential forward Wilfried Zaha with a 1-0 slim win over Leicester City.

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Luka Milivojevic driving strike in the 39th minute gave the Eagles the win with the Serbian midfielder now the top goal scorer with four goals clearly revealing the lack of goals by the Palace frontline although Christian Benteke still out with injury and Alexander Sorloth clearly not trusted with the role by his boss Roy Hodgson.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson, speaking to the media praised Martin Kelly: “In the first half I thought we were very good.

“We lost Cheikhou Kouyate in the second half and when he had come off it handed the ascendancy to Leicester. We then had to make certain we worked hard and ground out the victory. He told BBC Sport

“We did not concede that many chances – the one we did that I thought they would score we had a stroke of fortune.

“Martin Kelly deserves a special mention. To come in with not many games behind him and play like he did, he deserves an enormous pat on the back.”

Leicester boss Claude Puel, speaking to BBC Sport didn’t like the poor start:

 “We did not start the game with the right intensity. We played a poor first half, it was not enough.

“We came back in the second half with a good intensity and quality. We had three or four chances to come back into the game. We deserved to come back but it is a big disappointment because we need the points.

“We were unlucky at the end but we lost three points. It is important to correct this and to play a consistent game from the start until the end.”

Crystal Palace – Leicester City Match Statistics

Crystal Palace

Leicester City

8 Shots Total 12
1 Shots on goal 2
5 Shots off goal 7
2 Shots blocked 3
4 Shots inside box 8
4 Shots outside box 4
10 Fouls 8
4 Corners 4
6 Offsides 3
2 Saves 0
43% Possession Time 57%
385 Passes Total 497
283 Accurate Passes 388
74% Accurate Passes% 78%

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