Crystal Palace 2 - 2 Leicester City

Match info: Championship at Selhurst Park

Date: 20/04/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: A Madley Att: 18,563

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

C Palace

Danny Gabbidon 26
Stephen Dobbie 67

2
vs
2

Leicester

Andy King 37
Chris Wood 73

FT (ht: 1-1)

  • Last Updated: April 20 2013, 19:54 BST

Post-match reaction to the 2-2 draw between Crystal Palace and Leicester.

Holloway: Eyeing promotion through the play-offs
Holloway: Eyeing promotion through the play-offs

Ian Holloway insisted he was happy with a share of the spoils despite watching his Crystal Palace side throw the lead away twice to draw 2-2 with promotion rivals Leicester.

An equaliser from New Zealand striker Chris Wood following a blunder from Damien Delaney 17 minutes from time consolidated an Andy King goal to deny Palace a first victory in seven npower Championship matches after Danny Gabbidon and Stephen Dobbie had ended a drought stretching back to the beginning of March.

But with automatic promotion now out of the question, Holloway refused to condemn his side and insisted they can still achieve their dream of promotion via the play-offs.

"We're disappointed with that having been in front twice but it's important to have got a point," he said.

"I would have preferred two more but you've got to take what you can. I was impressed with the courage of the lads and we scored two goals, which we haven't done for a while.

"I'm just disappointed with the last goal because it looked like a mistake and we have to eradicate them. It's another point to our target and we now have to move on.

"We need to tweak the nose of fear and stick an ice cube down the vest of terror."

Having recovered from their own nine-match run without a victory by beating fellow promotion-chasers Bolton on Tuesday, Leicester looked full of confidence in the opening exchanges.

Kasper Schmeichel had to be at his best to stop a Dobbie free-kick being deflected past him by the head of Matty James but Frenchman Anthony Knockaert looked a constant threat out on the right wing.

Dobbie's set-piece delivery eventually ended Palace's search for a goal just short of the 500-minute mark as Gabbidon powered home from 12 yards but King's equaliser 10 minutes later was the culmination of some nervous defending from the hosts.

Leicester could have taken the lead soon after the break but Jeffrey Schlupp blazed over from a good position while Aaron Wilbraham hit the bar at the other end with a header.

A moment of quality from Dobbie that saw the Scot curl a beautiful shot from just outside the area into the net restored Palace's lead but it lasted a little over five minutes as Delaney gifted the ball to Wood, who made no mistake in beating Julian Speroni.

Foxes manager Nigel Pearson praised his side's battling spirit but also admitted that on another day things could have very easily been different.

"We were unlucky not to win it," he said.

"I think we were the better side. We had to deal with a Palace side who made quite a few changes and adopted a different style but I think for the most part we coped with that threat well and showed some resilience to come from a goal behind on a couple of occasions.

"We created a lot of decent chances and played some good football."


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