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Christian Benteke: 'Crystal Palace deserved to beat Leicester City'

Christian Benteke: 'Crystal Palace deserved to beat Leicester City'

Crystal Palace edged further towards Premier League survival as they fought back from two goals down in an absorbing draw with Leicester at Selhurst Park.

The Foxes host Atletico Madrid in Tuesday's quarter-final second leg, having lost 1-0 in Spain on Wednesday, with Robert Huth banned and Yohan Benalouane their only available centre-back.

"We need to focus on the game this weekend and make sure we dont get wrapped up in all the talk of us being safe, because we are not".

Yet they had been forced to rally from a two-goal deficit here, Leicester having eased into an authoritative lead with a display that evoked last season's triumphs.

Allardyce recruited Shakespeare to his coaching team shortly after his appointment as England manager, but after departing his position amid scandal following only one game he was appointed at Palace.

With Sam Allardyce surely keen to secure Premier League safety as soon as possible, Palace look decent odds given that Leicester are likely to put out a largely second-string side.

"It's a tremendous fightback from the players and that wouldn't have happened when I first arrived - it just shows the change of mood of the players", Allardyce was quoted as saying by the BBC.

"I spend a bit of time boring the players with getting the basics right but it's the basis of results - for those Leicester goals we didn't get them right although Jamie Vardy took his goal brilliantly". The lads have rushed in and seen all the others below us so it's another point away from the bottom three.

"We didn't sit back after that, a great game, fantastic game, and I'm very pleased we got back to 2-2 and our response".

"We are going to give him every opportunity", interim manager Craig Shakespeare said, agreeing that Huth was vast and that the German's influence accentuates the need to get Morgan back.

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However, Scott Dann remains out and is unlikely to return before the end of the season.

- Christian Benteke has scored 21 Premier League headed goals since his top-flight debut in September 2012; only Olivier Giroud (24) has scored more.

After Monday's fabulous 3-0 victory overArsenal, Crystal Palace will be full of confidence as they prepare to face Champions League quarter-finalistsLeicester City at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Islam Slimani has scored 35 league goals since the start of 2015-16, 16 of which have been from headers (46%).


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