Football: Izzet really necessary

Click to follow
The Independent Online
Leicester City 1

Izzet 90

Crystal Palace 1

Padovano 43

Attendance: 19,191

Crystal Palace started the week with the best record on the road in the Premiership and, after a minor setback at West Ham on Wednesday, they seemed certain to confirm their travelling credentials yesterday until Muzzy Izzet snatched the late equaliser which denied them a sixth league away win.

Palace appeared to have shrugged off the handicap of playing over an hour with 10 men - Marc Edworthy was sent off for apparently aiming a sly kick at Robert Ullathorne - as Michele Padovano's first goal for the Eagles kept them ahead until the last minute against a side who had failed to score in their last two home games.

Izzet had other ideas however, and with the clock showing 90 minutes, he curled a superb right-foot shot past Kevin Miller's despairing drive from just inside the area.

Padovano has still to play a full 90 minutes for Palace but he thought he had already done more than enough by the time he was substituted a few minutes into the second half.

His pass allowed Neil Shipperley to get to the byline and pull back a cross which should have been summarily despatched by the no-nonsense home defence. But instead it fell straight to the former Juventus star, who struck a right-foot shot past Kasey Keller inside his near post.

The home side had created the first chance of any note with three minutes gone, Matt Elliott's through-ball setting Steve Claridge free, but his weak shot was easily saved and from then on they failed to show any cutting edge.

Padovano had always looked the most likely to break the tedium of the first half and saw a shot thump off the woodwork in the 14th minute.

Despite a Leicester second-half siege, Palace's backs-to-the-wall defending looked certain to keep the ineffectual Leicester strike force at bay until Izzet's final intervention.

Comments