Palace win aerial fight to hold Foxes

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

PREMIER LEAGUE: Le­ices­ter man­ager Craig Shake­speare in­sisted he was sat­is­fied with a point de­spite watch­ing his team squan­der a two-goal lead as they drew 2-2 at Crys­tal Palace.

He also dis­missed sug­ges­tions the Foxes be­came dis­tracted by the prospect of to­mor­row’s Cham­pi­ons League fix­ture against Atletico Madrid.

Le­ices­ter ap­peared com­fort­able when Jamie Vardy’s sec­ond-half fin­ish dou­bled the ad­van­tage built by Robert Huth’s early header.

Un­con­vinc­ing de­fend­ing then led to Yo­han Cabaye scor­ing Palace’s first goal, be­fore Chris­tian Ben­teke headed the hosts level.

Twelth-placed Le­ices­ter next host Atletico hop­ing to over­come a one-goal deficit from the first leg of their Euro­pean quar­ter-fi­nal, but when asked if they had be­come dis­tracted af­ter go­ing two up, Shake­speare re­sponded: “No.

“There is a tinge of dis­ap­point­ment, es­pe­cially when you go two up away from home. (But) we should be pleased with a point, prob­a­bly.

“We could have seen it out if we’d stayed in the lead a bit longer, but they asked a lot of ques­tions of us with their aerial threat.”

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