Kelechi Iheanacho helped Leicester beat Crystal Palace Kelechi Iheanacho helped Leicester City coming from a goal down to beat Crystal Palace on Monday. His goal and assist canceled out Wilfried Zaha’s 10th-minute goal. Iheanacho continued his red hot form when he provided the assist to Timothy Castagne five minutes into the second half. The defender finished emphatically into the top corner leaving the keeper no chance. He then scored his 14th goal in as many games to complete the comeback.
Leicester’s win over Crystal Palace takes the Foxes seven points clear of West Ham in fifth place. Palace on the other hand remained in 13th place, well clear of the relegation zone. Leicester City will take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final early next month.
Leicester: Schmeichel (7), Fofana (6), Soyuncu (7), Evans (7), Castagne (7), Tielemans (6), Ndidi (6), Thomas (6), Maddison (6), Vardy (7), Iheanacho (9).
Subs: Albrighton (6), Perez (6).
Crystal Palace: Guaita (6), Ward (6), Dann (5), Kouyate (5), Van Aanholt (6), Ayew (6), Milivojevic (6), Riedewald (6), Eze (7), Benteke (6), Zaha (7).
Subs: Townsend (5), Schlupp (n/a), McCarthy (n/a).
Man of the Match: Kelechi Iheanacho
“When you go 1-0 down against Roy’s team, who are very well organised and defend with great discipline, it can be very tough, but we showed real patience in the game,” Rodgers said. “I said to the players at half-time to stay calm, keep circulating the ball at speed, and in the second half, they were outstanding. Jonny made a great tackle, but apart from that we controlled the game and scored two wonderful goals.”
Roy Hodgson: “I thought for long periods we were going to get at least a point. At half-time, I thought we might go on to win.” Hodgson said. “Leicester scored quickly after the break but after that, we looked as though we were seeing the game through reasonably well. Kelechi Iheanacho’s quick turn and strike is difficult to defend. Objectively I didn’t think it was a bad performance. Had we got a good result I don’t think people would have begrudged us?”