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Vieira’s super subs inspire Palace to draw with Leicester


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 have 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.

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.

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