Read a full match report on the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday 27 September.
- Set-play goals from Fraizer Campbell and Mile Jedinak in the second half seal a 2-0 win for Crystal Palace.
- Both Jamie Vardy and David Nugent are denied earlier chances to score by goal line clearances from Joel Ward.
- Danny Simpson makes his debut as a second half substitute.
- Nigel Pearson’s side remain in the top half of the table with eight points.
Leicester City slipped to just their second defeat of the season at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon, as two second half goals handed Crystal Palace all three points.
It was a frustrating afternoon’s work for Nigel Pearson’s side, who were unfortunate not to have taken the lead twice when Joel Ward got in the way of goal bound efforts from Jamie Vardy and David Nugent in each half.
The Foxes were made to pay from two set plays. The first saw Fraizer Campbell steal in at the far post to convert from a corner, before Palace skipper Mile Jedinak headed home a Jason Puncheon free kick shortly afterwards.
It was unchanged for both sides going into the match, with the in-form duo of Leo Ulloa and Vardy continuing up top for City, while there was also a spot on the bench for summer signing Danny Simpson.
It was a cagey opening, with City looking to hit Vardy in the right channel just as they did against Manchester United, while Palace looked to work the ball to the dangerous Yannick Bolasie on that same flank.
That same player then escaped a booking in the 10th minute for a clumsy challenge from behind on Ritchie De Laet. Esteban Cambiasso swung in the resulting free kick on his left, which Palace were able to clear after Nugent’s flick-on.
The best early chance by far then arrived three minutes later – Ulloa’s header falling for Vardy in the box – but after the striker cleverly took it around the goalkeeper, Joel Ward blocked his shot on the line before Nugent curled the follow-up wide.
Palace skipper Jedinak and Nugent then exchanged long-range efforts as two sides high on confidence from excellent wins last week tried to establish a stranglehold on the game.
As the match crept towards the half hour mark Bolasie finally found space to deliver from the Palace left. Although City cleared initially, James McArthur did have a chance from the follow-up, which deflected wide for a corner, which needed a goal line clearance from Cambiasso to deny Jedinak.
Kasper Schmeichel then had to be alert to the danger from Puncheon, who unleashed a spectacular 30-yard striker coming in off the right, but the City stopper got two hands to the ball.
City responded to that pressure with a decent spell of their own, the highlight of which coming when Cambiasso picked out Vardy with a raking ball, however the former Fleetwood Town man’s resulting shot went the wrong side of the post and the sides went it all-square at the break.
Unchanged for the second half, both sides continued to wrestle for the advantage, which looked to have gone to City on 50 minutes.
Vardy’s low cross finding Nugent, but his first time shot took a deflection off Ward that took it just wide.
However just a couple of minutes later from a Palace corner, the home side took the lead. Scott Dann rose highest to meet the ball and send it towards the far corner, where Campbell got the slightest of flicks to take it beyond Schmeichel.
Things then went from bad to worse for City, when Wes Morgan was adjudged to have fouled Bolasie out on the left flank. Puncheon took the resulting free kick and in came the giant Australian Jedinak to power a header into the bottom corner for 2-0.
With the wind in their sails, Palace poured forward – Bolasie twisting and turning inside the box to no avail – with City trying desperately to weather the storm.
Just after the hour mark City made their first changes. Simpson came on for a debut in place of De Laet at full back, while Riyad Mahrez was introduced at the expense of Cambiasso.
The pace of Mahrez had the hosts retreating, affording the Foxes much more of the ball, but against a defensively solid Neil Warnock side, City were going to have to find something special.
Matty James was introduced for Hammond in City’s final change, but with the Foxes pushing hard there were inevitable gaps in behind – Campbell sending one over on the counter attack – before making way for Marouane Chamakh.
The substitute then almost left his mark on the game with a header that whistled over the crossbar, while at the other end Vardy’s penalty appeals for a shove by Ward were waved away.
With less than 10 minutes on the clock James’ free kick came out to Simpson on the edge of the area, who save his volley frustratingly blocked before picking up a yellow card in the aftermath.
The Foxes were unable to create the chances they needed in the closing stages, as they ended the day with just their second defeat of the campaign.
CRYSTAL PALACE: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Bolasie (Guedioura 90), Campbell (Chamakh 73), Jedinak (c), McArthur, Delaney, Ledley, Kelly, Puncheon
SUBS NOT USED: Mariappa, Doyle, Zaha, Hennessey, Gayle GOALS: Campbell 51, Jedinak 54
CITY: Schmeichel, De Laet (Simpson 64), Morgan (c), Moore, Konchesky, Hammond (Jamies 71), Cambiasso (Mahrez 64), Drinkwater, Nugent, Vardy, Ulloa
SUBS NOT USED: Hamer, King, Wasilewski, Schlupp
REFEREE: Mr. Keith Stroud