Crystal Palace 2 Leicester 2: Wood pegs back hosts as Selhurst spoils are shared
16:51 GMT, 20 April 2013
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
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.
Goals: King 37, Wood 73.
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
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.