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    Leicester 1-0 Crystal Palace Report

    By Scott Hunt

    Jamie Vardy scored for a seventh successive game as Leicester continued their superb start to the season with a 1-0 win at home to Crystal Palace.

    The England striker joins a group of just seven other players who have scored in seven straight Premier League matches and his strike keeps Leicester fifth in the table – just three points adrift of leaders Arsenal.

    There was touchline tension between Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri and Palace boss Alan Pardew and the pair didn’t shake hands at the final whistle. The Eagles have now lost four of their last six Premier League games and Pardew admitted they were a little short on quality against Leicester.

    “We lacked that little bit,” Pardew told the Crystal Palace website.

    Our effort and commitment can never be faulted and that was there again today. We need a little bit of flair, a moment. We didn't really create any today.

    "I felt we were disciplined and organised, the emphasis was on the home team.

    “We were comfortable, they only had a few fleeting chances. On our side we didn't really have the creativity in the final third that would open them up.

    “We pushed and pushed but couldn't find a way.”

    Marc Albrighton struck the post early on in a game that offered up few goalscoring opportunities.

    Yohan Cabaye was denied towards the end of the first half by Kasper Schmeichel in what was one of the few tests posed to the Danish keeper.

    Vardy’s goal came from an error by Brede Hangeland which allowed Riyad Mahrez to play in the striker, who expertly lifted the ball over Wayne Hennessey before hammering it into the back of the net.

    The best Palace created resulted in a strong penalty shout late on when Wilfried Zaha went down in the area, but referee Mike Dean waved away the protests.

    It was Leicester’s 100th Premier League win and extended their impressive league form which has seen them lose just one of their last 14 matches.

    Vardy is at the forefront of their success and has now scored 14 goals in his last 20 Premier League games and has also contributed five assists.

    For Palace, Pardew opted for Fraizer Campbell up front in the absence of the suspended Dwight Gayle and the injured pairing of Connor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh. Zaha came off the bench midway through the second half in place of Jason Puncheon but the Eagles couldn’t find the spark to break down the Leicester defence – who kept their first clean sheet of the season.

    Palace face the Manchester duo in the coming week, with a trip to the Etihad to face Manchester City in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, before they welcome Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United in the Premier League next Saturday.

    For Leicester it’s two successive away games, first travelling to Championship side Hull in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, before making the short trip to the Hawthorns to take on Tony Pulis’ in-form West Brom side next Saturday.

    Picture: Alex Hannam
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