Palace, who have conceded the fewest goals in the league this season, looked like a different team from the struggling side led by Patrick Vieira in 20 shots against Leicester – more in the same amount of time than any other Premier League side have managed. 2015.
The change in forward style gave the home fans reason to cheer but Palace found no way through the Leicester defence, while Ivorian winger and Palace’s top scorer this season Wilfried Zaha was limping off with a groin injury. Had to walk
It was Leicester who struck first through Ricardo Pereira, who received the ball on the edge of the box before blasting a shot into the top corner after Vicente Guetta’s disappointing dive.
Palace leveled three minutes later from a free kick when Eberechi Eze cleared the wall, saw his shot come off the crossbar and go past goalkeeper Daniel Iversen.
In second-half extra time, Jordan Ayew scored a solo run in Leicester’s half and fed Matata a through-ball as the French striker finished confidently to lift the 12th-placed side to 30 points. Leicester, meanwhile, have slipped to 18th in the table.