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Crystal Palace 2 Leicester 2 – match report: Chris Wood scores equaliser at Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace 2 Leicester 2: Wood pegs back hosts as Selhurst spoils are shared

PUBLISHED:

16:51 GMT, 20 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:12 GMT, 20 April 2013

Chris Wood's second-half strike could not prevent Leicester slipping out of the npower Championship play-off places.

The New Zealander plundered his 20th goal of the season as the Foxes twice came from behind to grab a point at Palace.

But Bolton's win over Middlesbrough saw them leapfrog City into sixth, while Palace's hold on a play-off spot also looks far from secure.

To the rescue: Chris Wood's equaliser earned Leicester a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park

To the rescue: Chris Wood's equaliser earned Leicester a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park

MATCH FACTS

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Zaha, Dikgacoi, Marrow (O'Keefe 78), Dobbie (Bolasie 75), Murray,
Wilbraham (Phillips 85). Subs Not Used: Fitzsimons, Ramage, Moritz, Banton.

Booked: Moxey, Delaney, Dikgacoi.

Goals: Gabbidon 26, Dobbie 67.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Keane, Konchesky, Knockaert (Kane 90), King, James, Dyer (Gallagher 89), Schlupp (Nugent 73), Wood. Subs Not Used: Logan, Drinkwater, Whitbread, Moore.

Booked: James.

Goals: King 37, Wood 73.

Att: 18,563.

Ref: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).

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The Eagles had not scored in their
previous five matches and a run of seven without win leaves them just
two points clear of Leicester in seventh.

Their eight-hour goal drought was
ended by a player who had not scored in the league for more than eight
years when Danny Gabbidon put them ahead.

City levelled before half-time through Andy King before Stephen Dobbie tucked away his fourth goal of the season for Palace.

But Wood denied Palace a welcome win when he latched onto a defensive error to fire home in the 73rd minute.

Despite their wretched run, Palace
made a bright start and Kasper Schmeichel made a fine early save to
prevent an own goal after Dobbie's corner flicked a Leicester head.

Wilfried Zaha then teed up Aaron
Wilbraham, making his first Championship start since August, but the
former Norwich striker's shot was too close to Schmeichel.

Good start: Danny Gabbidon celebrates giving Crystal Palace the lead in the first half

Good start: Danny Gabbidon celebrates giving Crystal Palace the lead in the first half

Battle: Leicester's Wes Morgan holds off Glenn Murray as they compete fro possession

Battle: Leicester's Wes Morgan holds off Glenn Murray as they compete fro possession

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After those early let-offs Leicester
began to press and Jeff Schlupp was denied by Julian Speroni before Wood
and King fired off target.

But it was Palace who went ahead in
the 26th minute when Dobbie floated in a free-kick and defender Gabbidon
swept in his first league goal since March 2005.

Alex Marrow went close to doubling the advantage with a volley which Schmeichel managed to keep out.

But instead Leicester pulled level in
the 37th minute when a slick move involving Paul Konchesky and Lloyd
Dyer ended with King curling in a fine equaliser.

Shortly before the interval Marrow's deflected drive was tipped over the top by Schmeichel.

After the break Leicester should have
taken the lead when Wood knocked down Paul Konchesky's cross into the
path of Schlupp but the youngster scooped his shot over.

At the other end Glenn Murray's header set up Wilbraham, who got in front of his marker but nodded against the crossbar.

Palace's pressure told in the 67th
minute when Murray's lay-off found its way to Dobbie on the edge of the
area and the former Swansea frontman tucked away a fine strike.

But six minutes later a slip by
Damien Delaney allowed Wood to charge through one-on-one with Speroni
and he made no mistake to snatch a point.

Leicester 4 Derby 1 match report:

Leicester 4 Derby 1: Nugent at the double as Foxes move up to third

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19:59 GMT, 1 December 2012

Derby's miserable away form in the npower Championship continued as
they failed to recover from a dismal start at promotion-chasing local
rivals Leicester.

England Under-21 international Martyn Waghorn set up Zak Whitbread for
Leicester's opener, added a second with a cool side-footed finish and
could have scored three more in an embarrassingly one-sided opening
half-hour.

Leicester's David Nugent rises above Richard Keogh to head home third goal

High point: Leicester's David Nugent rises above Richard Keogh to head home third goal

Match facts

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Whitbread, Konchesky, Knockaert (James 80), Drinkwater, King, Dyer (Marshall 66), Waghorn, Vardy (Nugent 66). Subs Not Used: Logan, Schlupp, Moore, Futacs.

Goals: Whitbread 6, Waghorn 23, Nugent 74,89.

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, Buxton, O'Connor (Freeman 77),
Coutts,Hendrick,Hughes,Jacobs (Bennett 85),Robinson (Tyson 81),
Sammon. Subs Not Used: Fielding, O'Brien, Davies Hoganson.

Booked: Coutts.

Goals: Robinson 38.

Att: 20,680

Ref: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne & Wear).

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The visitors belatedly sprung into life and pulled a goal back through Theo Robinson's 38th-minute half-volley.

Leicester were not to be denied, though, and wrapped up an eighth home win of the campaign – and fifth successive league win over County – through two late goals from substitute David Nugent.

Nigel Pearson's men move up to third in the table as a result of their victory, while Derby, such a formidable force at Pride Park, have now lost their last four on the road and lie 16th.

Each side showed two changes from their midweek assignments. Paul Konchesky and Anthony Knockaert were restored to Leicester's line-up, while Derby brought in James O'Connor and Jeff Hendrick in place of injured duo Gareth Roberts and Craig Bryson.

The excellent Waghorn was at the heart of the action as Leicester initially threatened to run riot, creating eight presentable chances before their opponents could muster a noteworthy attempt on goal.

Whitbread registered his maiden goal for the Foxes when heading home the forward's outswinging corner in the sixth minute.

Waghorn then forced a save from Adam Legzdins with one free-kick and rattled the crossbar with another before hitting the target again with an acrobatic volley.

Leicester soon added a deserved second when Knockaert capitalised on an error from O'Connor and picked out Jamie Vardy in the box. An unselfish lay-off to Waghorn followed and the game's outstanding player finished with ease.

Some atrocious defending enabled Vardy, who had earlier fired wide, and Knockaert to bring further stops from Legzdins, but Derby eventually woke from their slumber and dominated the remainder of the first period.

The Rams were rewarded for their improvement when Robinson latched onto a cross from Michael Jacobs and took a touch before stabbing a powerful finish beyond Kasper Schmeichel.

Conor Sammon and Robinson were subsequently denied by Schmeichel, before Lloyd Dyer got the hosts going again in the 57th minute with a fine run and shot that was beaten away by Legzdins at his near post.

Derby continued to pose problems at the other end, prompting a double change by Pearson that saw Nugent and Ben Marshall introduced in place of Vardy and Dyer.

After Waghorn had seen an effort deflect on to the underside of the bar via the body of Legzdins, the substitutes combined to settle home nerves with 16 minutes remaining.
Marshall delivered a pinpoint cross from the left, leaving Nugent with a simple close-range header.

That knocked the stuffing out of Derby and there was time for Nugent, who also had a goal disallowed, to rub salt into the Rams' wounds with an 89th-minute half-volley into the top-right corner.

Jamie Vardy joins Leicester for 1m

Leicester splash 1m on Fleetwood goal machine Vardy in bid to challenge for promotion

PUBLISHED:

17:54 GMT, 18 May 2012

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UPDATED:

17:54 GMT, 18 May 2012

Leicester have completed the signing of striker Jamie Vardy from Fleetwood for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region 1million.

The 25-year-old joins the Foxes on a three-year contract after firing the Cod Army to the Blue Square Bet Premier title with 34 goals this season and becomes the most expensive purchase from a non-league club.

Stepping up: Leicester have completed the signing of striker Jamie Vardy from Fleetwood

Stepping up: Leicester have completed the signing of striker Jamie Vardy from Fleetwood

Vardy becomes Nigel Pearson's third new signing this week, following Manchester United duo Ritchie De Laet and Matty James to the King Power Stadium.

Pearson said: 'There were a number of clubs vying to secure Jamie's signature, so it's very pleasing that we have been able to bring him to Leicester.

'He will definitely help to take us forward. He has built an excellent reputation for himself through the goals he has scored at non-league level and I have no doubt he will successfully make the step up to the Championship.'

Vardy made his senior debut for Stocksbridge in 2007 before joining Halifax three years later. He strengthened his reputation with 27 goals that season before joining Fleetwood.

Ritchie De Laet back at Manchester United after Norwich cancel loan spell

De Laet sent back to United after Norwich cancel loan spell

Ritchie De Laet has returned to Manchester United after Norwich cut short his loan spell at Carrow Road.

The Belgian defender joined City on a
season-long loan deal in the summer but he has made just six appearances in the Barclays Premier League and one in the
Carling Cup.

Injury-hit: Norwich City's Ritchie De Laet

Injury-hit: Norwich City's Ritchie De Laet

De Laet, who has featured at right-back and centre-back for Paul Lambert's side this season, last played in the 2-0 home defeat against Spurs on December 27, only to be forced off through injury in the second-half

City boss Paul Lambert commented: 'Ritchie has gone back to Manchester United. We thank Sir Alex Ferguson for loaning him to us and wish Ritchie well for the future and hope he goes on to have a successful career at Man Utd.'

De Laet joined United from Stoke in January 2009 and has had loan spells at Sheffield United, Preston North End, and Portsmouth.