Patrick Vieira’s substitutions inspired Crystal Palace to a 2-2 comeback draw against Leicester in the Premier League, who let a 2-0 half-time lead slip from their grasp.
Palace has been steadily improving since the Frenchman replaced Roy Hodgson in the summer and began well.
However, they failed to take their chances, and coupled with some defensive errors from Joachim Andersen, allowed Kelechi Iheanacho (31) – celebrating his 25th birthday – and Jamie Vardy (37) to both easily slot home and see Leicester 2-0 ahead.
“For Leicester now, it’s all about the clean-sheet mentality,” said Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher at half-time, and things looked to be going the Foxes’ way as Odsonne Edouard hit the crossbar.
48 – Jeffrey Schlupp’s equalizer for Crystal Palace against Leicester came just 48 seconds after coming off the bench; the second-quickest goal by a substitute in the Premier League this season, after teammate Odsonne douard v Spurs (29 seconds). Super.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 3, 2021
But the hosts deserved to be on the scoresheet and finally made the breakthrough in the 61st minute as summer signing Michael Olise fired home from his own blocked effort, netting his first goal for the Eagles.
Then, 48 seconds after coming on as a substitute, Jeffrey Schlupp – who spent seven years at Leicester and was part of their Premier League-winning side in the 2015/16 season – nodded home to secure a deserved draw for Palace.
It continues a below-par start to the season for Leicester, who are winless in four Premier League games, and remain in 13th with eight points. Palace have drawn two successive games and move up one place into 14th, a point behind the Foxes.
More to follow…
Crystal Palace are back on Sky Sports after the international break, taking on Patrick Vieira’s former side Arsenal on Monday Night Football; kick-off 8pm. Leicester will return to Premier League action on Saturday 16 October, welcoming Manchester United to the King Power; kick-off 3pm.