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Leicester City Boss, Brendan Rodgers Delighted With Important Comeback Victory Over Crystal Palace
Leicester City Boss, Brendan Rodgers Delighted With Important Comeback Victory Over Crystal Palace

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Leicester City edges closer toa UEFA Champions League qualification as they recorded a 2-1 comeback victory over Crystal Palace.

The Foxes now sits seven points clear of fifth-placed West Ham United with five games left in the season.

But the victory wasn’t easy for Brendan Rodgers after Wilfried Zaha opened the scoring for the visitors with 12 minutes on the clock, converting a fine through pass from Eberechi Eze.

New boy Timothy Castagne leveled the scoring five minutes into the second-half after being set up by Kelechi Iheanacho.

Jonny Evans’ last-ditch tackle denied Christian Benteke a certain goal, and it would prove decisive as Iheanacho put Leicester ahead.

The Nigerian continued his stellar form by cutting inside of his left foot and rifling a shot past Vicente Guaita with ten minutes remaining.

It was Iheanacho’s 12th goal in nine games and 17 goals for the season.

Speaking after the game, Brendan Rodgers said: “It was a very important win for us. It was the third game in nine days so a tough schedule.

“Going one behind against a Roy team, they’re super organised and tough to break down. I thought the players were outstanding. They kept the calmness and control and scored two very good goals.

“[Scoring early into the second half] definitely helps. It sets us up. It settled us. We could then control the rest of the game.

“[Iheanacho’s goal was] incredible. Great pass by Jonny [Evans]. We told the strikers to find space in between the centre-backs and full-backs. It was a great ball into space. The skill to turn and finish quickly, a wonderful goal. It capped off a great night for him.

“The top priority for me as a coach is helping players to develop. it’s been difficult for Kels because of the style we normally played which was one striker – Jamie Vardy. We had to change it round with injuries, he’s come in and been exceptional. Not just his goals. He’s so happy to work hard for the team and his quality is phenomenal.”

 

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