Harvey Barnes cancelled out Wilfried Zaha’s opener as in-form Leicester drew with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Barnes’ low strike into the corner salvaged a point for Brendan Rodgers’ much-changed side, who climb to second in the Premier League table.
Kelechi Iheanacho spurned a golden opportunity to give the visitors a first-half lead when his penalty was saved by Vicente Guaita.
The Nigerian’s miss looked like it might prove costly when Zaha finished superbly from Andros Townsend’s cross, but Barnes’ second goal in as many games rescued a draw for the Foxes.
Leicester, who made seven alterations to the team that drew with Manchester United on Boxing Day, dominated possession but failed to test Guaita from open play until Barnes’ late strike.
The visitors’ only other effort on target was from Ayoze Perez, whose first-half free-kick was easily held by the Spanish goalkeeper.
The point lifts Palace above Newcastle into 13th place, eight points clear of the bottom three.
A step in the right direction for Palace
Having watched his side lose to 10-man Aston Villa 48 hours previously, Hodgson may have welcomed the quick turnaround as an opportunity to make amends for that painful defeat at Villa Park.
The hosts were second best for much of the first half but should have taken the lead after Guaita had denied Iheanacho from the spot.
Former Foxes player Jeffrey Schlupp – making his 100th Premier League appearance for the Eagles – teed up Townsend on the edge of the six-yard box but the winger could only scuff his effort wide.
As has so often been the case this season, it was Zaha who provided the spark of inspiration for Palace.
The 28-year-old connected superbly with Townsend’s in-swinging cross to power an unstoppable volley past Kasper Schmeichel for his eighth league goal of the season.
Hodgson will be frustrated at his team’s inability to hold on to their slender lead, but following recent heavy defeats against Liverpool and Villa, this was certainly a step in the right direction for the Eagles.
Frustration for wasteful Foxes
Rodgers said his team showed the personality of a “huge club” in Saturday’s 2-2 with Manchester United, but the 47-year-old will be disappointed with his team’s profligacy in south east London.
Despite leaving the likes of Jamie Vardy, James Maddison and Youri Tielemans on the bench, the visitors created enough opportunities in the first half to establish a comfortable lead.
Iheanacho’s penalty was too close to Guaita, allowing the Spaniard to claw the ball to safety.
Dennis Praet blazed over from a tight angle after Perez’s deflected cross had struck the top of the crossbar, before Iheanacho sent a close-range header off target from the Belgian’s delivery.
The Foxes struggled to carve out meaningful opportunities in the second half until Barnes sidestepped several Palace defenders and drilled low past Guaita for his eighth goal of the season in all competitions.
Leicester could have claimed all three points deep into second-half stoppage time, but Perez’s wayward shot from James Justin’s pass encapsulated a frustrating afternoon for Rodgers and his players.
‘Much happier with the second half’ – what the managers said
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson, speaking to Match of the Day: “We were not at all happy with our first half and it took an apoplectic performance from my assistant Ray Lewington at half-time to shake them into life.
“We were dumbfounded that we were as passive as we were. They were more aggressive than us and we were being pressured into mistakes.
“Then we made life difficult for them and put them under pressure. We were much happier with the second half and we got our reward with the goal. Barnes’ strike was a good goal and then the last 10 minutes were tough for us but we saw it through.”
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers, speaking to Match of the Day: “If you get the goal from the penalty it gives you a foothold in the game but we had good control and then we didn’t start the second half at all well.
“Palace were aggressive and we give away a bad goal from our point of view. But the reaction is what really pleases, some of our play and the speed of our game was really good. We end up frustrated not to win the game.
“You can’t play Jamie Vardy and some of these guys every single minute. Harvey Barnes is developing really well, it’s a great finish, the strike was fantastic. He’s been a real threat for us this season.”
Eagles’ wait for clean sheet goes on – the stats
- Crystal Palace haven’t won their final league game in any of the last nine calendar years (D7 L2), last doing so against Millwall in the Championship in 2011 (1-0).
- Leicester City have lost just one of their eight away Premier League games in 2020-21 (W6 D1), after losing five and drawing three of their final eight games on the road last season.
- Crystal Palace have kept just one clean sheet in their last 24 Premier League games, conceding in each of their last 15 in the competition since beating Southampton 1-0 on the opening day.
- Leicester City won their 10th penalty in just their 16th Premier League game this season, the quickest side ever to reach spot-kick double-figures in a season in the competition.
- Vicente Guaita became the first Crystal Palace goalkeeper to save a penalty in the Premier League since Wayne Hennessey vs Southampton in September 2018, with that save just the eighth made by a Palace glovesman in the competition (out of 43 faced).
- Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha made his 200th Premier League start for the Eagles, the joint-most for the club along with Joel Ward, and netted his fifth top-flight goal against Leicester, more than against any other side.
- Leicester’s Harvey Barnes has scored eight goals in 21 games in all competitions this season – one more than he netted in 42 appearances for the Foxes last term.
Crystal Palace welcome Sheffield United to Selhurst Park in their next league game on 2 January (kick-off 15:00 GMT), while Leicester travel to Newcastle a day later (14:15 GMT).
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Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Leicester City 1.
Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Leicester City 1.
Attempt missed. Ayoze Pérez (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by James Justin.
Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Justin with a cross.
Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by James McArthur.
Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Ayoze Pérez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).
Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.
Attempt blocked. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny Evans.
Hand ball by Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace).
Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jordan Ayew replaces Jeffrey Schlupp.
Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Leicester City 1. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonny Evans with a headed pass.
Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.
Substitution, Crystal Palace. James McArthur replaces Jairo Riedewald.
Offside, Leicester City. Youri Tielemans tries a through ball, but James Justin is caught offside.
Substitution, Leicester City. Demarai Gray replaces Kelechi Iheanacho.
Foul by Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City).
Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Leicester City. Jamie Vardy replaces Dennis Praet.