Crystal Palace fell to a second straight Premier League defeat at the hands of a spirited Leicester City yesterday afternoon; a result which Alan Pardew defiantly claimed was not a fair reflection of the game.
Having started the encounter on the front foot, it had felt as though we were set to take the game to the reigning champions throughout, but following an impressive header from Christian Benteke which rattled the frame of Kasper Schmeichel’s goal, the balance of play began to tip in the favour of the hosts.
Unfortunately, the timing of the Foxes’ first goal couldn’t have been worse for those of a Palace persuasion, with Ahmed Musa 42nd minute strike sending Claudio Ranieri’s players into the dressing room with a visible spring in their step whilst ours trudged off having seen their hopes of a long-awaited clean sheet disappear.
Statistically, Palace continued to pose something of a threat in the second half but with Leicester looking far more coherent in an attacking sense, most of those present in the away end of the King Power Stadium sensed that the game was gradually slipping away from the men in yellow.
Further goals from Okazaki on 64 minutes and Fuchs after 80 put a gloss on the victory for Leicester before Yohan Cabaye pulled one back for Palace with five minutes remaining following some good work down the right-hand side from the tireless Wilfried Zaha.
Whilst the absence of both Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon will have had an understandable effect on the general balance of the side, not to mention the long-term headache created by Pape Souare’s prolonged lay off, it’s relatively difficult to find any positives from yesterday’s game. Sadly for us, that hasn’t stopped Alan Pardew from going into full “spin mode” when speaking to the press after the game; it’s what he does best.