Craig Shakespeare bears no grudge with Sam Allardyce over England exit
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 22:50
Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare insisted he was satisfied with a point despite watching his team squander a two-goal lead when they drew 2-2 at Crystal Palace.
The defender has missed the last five games with a back injury but the Foxes need him available for Tuesday's quarter final second leg with Atletico Madrid, although he is still rated at just 50-50.
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, London, Saturday, April 15, 2017.
But Yohan Cabaye kick-started the home side's comeback with his second goal in two games before Benteke salvaged the point that moved Sam Allardyce's side seven points clear of the bottom three.
Leicester (from): Schmeichel, Hamer, Zieler, Simpson, Huth, Benalouane, Wasilewski, Fuchs, Chilwell, King, Amartey, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Gray, Mahrez, Albrighton, Kapustka, Musa, Okazaki, Vardy, Ulloa, Slimani.
With a 1-0 lead and the experience of playing in two Champions League finals in the last four years behind them, Diego Simeone's Atletico are strong favourites.
Palace pulled a goal back through Yohan Cabaye.
Huth, who played alongside Delap during a stint with the Potters, rose above the Crystal Palace defence and headed home.
While Atletico is third in La Liga, Leicester has sunk far from the Champions League places in England - 12th in the Premier League it won so unexpectedly last May.
"We don't know how many points the other teams are going to get because if the others go on a run we'll have to put as many points on the board (to ensure Premier League survival) as we can".
The Belgian worldwide was denied, however, when Kasper Schmeichel raced off his line to close down the angle and the striker saw his close-range shot deflect to safety off the legs of the Leicester keeper.
"Today's point feels like a win, it's a tremendous fight back from the players and that wouldn't have happened when I first arrived - it just shows the change of mood of the players", Palace manager Sam Allardyce told the BBC. Leicester on the other hand are new in the competition and this can be regarded as one of the most hard tasks they have faced this season - and they have come out of relegation tussle.
He said: "It might be something they're not used to so that's something we can use in our favour".
"It's not gnawing away, the referee gave his decision and the last thing the club and players need is me harping on about it", Shakespeare said.
"We've proved over the last 18 months that we're more than capable of that". If they play the same way against Palace, they will get punished.