Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace vs Leicester: Tomkins’ staunch performance seals Puel’s fate

Crystal Palace quality as they brush aside pathetic Leicester City in what was to be Claude Puel’s final miserable game in charge.

It was a significant day for both coaches for very different reasons. Roy Hodgson, 71, became the oldest manager at this level and Puel, well…got sacked. To the delight of many Leicester fans we’re sure.

Despite the final scoreline, we mustn’t detract from the fact that Crystal Palace did tremendously well in the first half to fend off the advances of Leicester City who, by all means, looked the more dominant side.

Jamie Vardy was close to opening the scoring in the ninth minute after rising high to meet Harvey Barnes’ in-swinging ball from the left, his shot narrowly grazing the crossbar.

For all of Leicester’s pressure though, Crystal Palace were the first on the scoresheet after an audacious 35-yard effort from James McArthur was instinctively clipped into the goal by the outstretched leg of Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi.

Leicester continued to pressure and were eventually rewarded when Jonny Evans levelled things up in the 64th minute.

It wasn’t to last.

Crystal Palace were relentless in their attacks and followed up with two goals from recently returned Wilfried Zaha (70, 90+3) and Milivojevic (81).

A classic performance from an in-form, regimented Crystal Palace side and very well-deserved.

Wilfried Zaha was awarded Man of the Match for his efforts, but we’d also like to point out the quality performance from James Tomkins.

The Englishman was dominant in the air and did very well to stay vigilant throughout the game to keep check of Jamie Vardy. He was unlucky to not meet Evans quick enough for Leicester’s goal, but that certainly isn’t enough to take from an otherwise quality performance.

All good attacks start from the back, they say, and in James Tomkins, Palace had the perfect foundations for what was a very successful day.


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