Batshuayi, Zaha and Milivojevic on target as Palace pile on the misery and pressure on Leicester boss Claude Puel

CRYSTAL PALACE boss Roy Hodgson celebrated his milestone match in style at the King Power Stadium.

But it was a result that piled more pressure on Leicester manager Claude Puel who saw his side suffer a fourth successive home defeat.

Wilfried Zaha bagged a double against Leicester City
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Hodgson overtook Sir Bobby Robson as the oldest man to manage a Premier League game – at 71 years and 198 days old.

And he saw his Palace side soak up virtually everything Leicester could throw at them – before taking the lead in the first half, then adding three more in the last 20 minutes.

Wilfried Zaha scored twice as Palace somehow turned Leicester’s dominance into an outstanding victory.

Hodgson said before the game that he admired the 92-year- old David Attenborough.

Pressure mounts on Claude Puel, that is seven games without a win form the Foxes
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Michy Batshuayi opened the scoring for Palace
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But the Palace boss must have felt like he was the one in his 90s as Leicester dominated.

Puel recalled striker Jamie Vardy and he almost scored with a glancing header.

But 60 crucial seconds before the break let Palace into the game.

Leicester were convinced they should have had a penalty when James Tomkins looked to have brought down Harvey Barnes in the area.

Ref Anthony Taylor waved play on – and TV replays proved him right.

But moments later he gave Palace a disputed free-kick in the centre circle. And a huge slice of luck put Hodgson’s men ahead as James McArthur’s wayward shot flew off Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi and past the wrong-footed Kasper Schmeichel.

The Leicester keeper was deep in conversation with Taylor as he teams came off for half-time.

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But Leicester grabbed a deserved equaliser after 64 minutes when Palace failed to clear their lines and Barnes picked out Jonny Even who slid in for his first Foxes goal.

Palace caught Leicester on the break to regain the lead with 20 minutes left as Zaha netted for the third successive game.

McArthur’s teasing cross allows Zaha to dash into the space left by a sleeping Leicester defence and the Palace striker volleyed home from four yards.

And Palace sealed the points after 80 minutes when Evans brought down former Leicester forward Jeff Schlupp and skipper Luko Milivojevic fired home his eighth goal of the season.

Harry Maguire’s stoppage-time slip then allowed Zaha to score his second as Leicester were booed at the final whistle.

 

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