Sako delighted with Crystal Palace's first away victory of the season

Doug Mendoza
December 18, 2017

Zaha said: 'I've always had confidence in the team and we're having a good run so it was only a matter of time before we started putting the performances together and just getting up the table.

But his headed goal after 18 minutes, his first in 1,106 minutes of Premier League football and Palace's first on the road this season, paved the way for a victory that lifted Roy Hodgson's side out of the bottom three.

Benteke incurred the wrath of his team-mates by taking a penalty against the manager's orders and failing to score in a 2-2 draw against Bournemouth last weekend.

It was a first away win of the season for Palace - and their first away goals - and Hodgson was pleased Benteke was able to put the penalty controversy behind him.

Six minutes before the break, Palace added a second goal with Benteke instrumental, charging through the Foxes defence to tee up Wilfried Zaha who did a neat step-over and he unleashed into the net. Vicente Iborra had a goal disallowed for Leicester, which had won four in a row.

Leicester struggled to mount a meaningful response to going behind and they were two down in the 40th minute.

Two minutes after the hour mark, the Foxes' fightback was handed a major blow as Ndidi was shown a second yellow card for a dive, thus, leading to his dismissal on his 21st birthday.

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Palace nearly sealed it in the 80th minute, Schmeichel spreading himself wide in a manner reminiscent of his father Peter to deny Benteke from a Townsend cross to the back post.

It was a deserved half-time lead and one which Palace looked to build on - but Benteke miscued a header from Townsend's second-half cross.

And Palace made it 3-0 in the fourth minute of stoppage time as Ruben Loftus-Cheek burst down the left on the counter-attack and set up sub Bakary Sako who curled in off the post.

Crystal Palace climbed out of the relegation zone with a 3-0 win at Leicester City. We needed to have more quickness, more quality on the play and it was not possible today.

"It was not a good game for us and Crystal Palace deserved this result".

He said: 'It was not a good day for us.

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