Luka Milivojevic reveals what Crystal Palace need to finally erase drop fears
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 19:30
And the Belgium global has since scored against Chelsea, Southampton and Leicester to help Palace move seven points clear of the drop zone.
And Shakespeare is expecting a hard game against the Eagles, adding that both sides are in need of a positive result, being separated by just two points in the bottom half of the table.
He said: "We need to be competitive against a real competitive Palace team".
In truth, the home side will probably feel they had the momentum to go ahead on win but they couldn't engineer that elusive third goal.
The Belgium global came close to a victor soon after, but Schmeichel showed his class with a fine save to preserve a point for the Champions League quarter-finalists.
The Ghana global, who came through the youth ranks as a striker at City, grew frustrated at his lack of first team opportunities at City and was sold to Palace for £12.5million during the January transfer window and has established himself in a resurgent Palace side under Sam Allardyce.
"We knew what to expect from Leicester but it's a match that I finish with mixed feelings as I do believe we should have got more from the game". Despite fielding the same starting XI for the games against Southampton and Arsenal, Allardyce has been handed a boost by being able to select Fraizer Campbell on the bench after his injury lay-off, while Martin Kelly makes his 100th Premier League appearance.
Andros Townsend was in fine form (Adam Davy/PA) The winger struggled when he first joined Palace, but has recently rediscovered his belief and provided their most regularly attacking threat. None of us are safe.
Benteke now has 12 Premier League goals this season and three in his past four games, giving Palace the extra dimension that should see them to safety.
And against run of play, Leicester added a second in the 54rd minute in the style that won them the title.
On Sam Allardyce: "Having worked with Sam in a very short space of time his record there is for all to see".
Roberth Huth and Jamie Vardy had put the visitors in command at Selhurst Park, but Palace found a route back into the game and Allardyce praised his players' mental strength.
Surprise of the matchThat Palace had it in them to respond from going two goals down.