Palace grab late win over Leicester on Hodgson return

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By Adam MillingtonBBC Sport

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Jean-Philippe Mateta celebratesCrystal Palace won in the Premier League for the first time in 2023

Crystal Palace snatched a late victory over fellow strugglers Leicester City as Jean-Philippe Mateta scored deep into stoppage time on Roy Hodgson's return.

Palace were dominant and recorded 20 shots by the break, the highest total of any Premier League side since 2015, but struggled to find the breakthrough.

They were made to pay for their wastefulness shortly into the second half when substitute Ricardo Pereira unleashed a well-struck effort after being teed up by Timothy Castagne.

But Leicester's lead was short-lived as Palace equalised only three minutes later when Eberechi Eze's free-kick hit the crossbar and deflected in off goalkeeper Daniel Iversen's back.

Palace captain Wilfried Zaha was forced off in the first half after pulling up with a groin injury.

The hosts won in dramatic fashion as Mateta turned his marker before slotting a low Jordan Ayew ball past Iversen.

Palace now sit five points clear of the drop zone in 12th, with Leicester one point adrift of safety in 18th.

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Hodgson return begins with victory

Eberechi Eze celebrates scoringPalace have newfound energy after Roy Hodgson's return

Hodgson has made an instant impact since returning to Selhurst Park.

Palace had failed to win a Premier League game since New Year's Eve and have struggled for goals this season, scoring the fewest of any side going into the game.

They were dominant in the first half and came closest as Cheick Doucoure forced Iversen into a goalline stop to deny the hosts early on.

The frontline of Eze, Zaha and Michael Olise regularly posed problems for the Leicester defence as Palace attacked at their slickest.

Zaha's injury took the wind out of their sails, but Palace fought back valiantly.

With games against five of the Premier League's bottom six to come in their final ten fixtures, Palace's newfound energy under Hodgson could be crucial.

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Crystal Palace

Squad number13Player nameGuaita

Squad number2Player nameWard

Squad number16Player nameAndersen

Squad number6Player nameGuéhi

Squad number3Player nameMitchell

Squad number10Player nameEze

Squad number28Player nameDoucouré

Squad number15Player nameSchlupp

Squad number7Player nameOlise

Squad number22Player nameÉdouard

Squad number11Player nameZaha

Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

Squad number14Player nameMateta

Squad number19Player nameHughes

Leicester City

Squad number31Player nameIversen

Squad number27Player nameCastagne

Squad number15Player nameSouttar

Squad number3Player nameFaes

Squad number16Player nameKristiansen

Squad number25Player nameNdidi

Squad number22Player nameDewsbury-Hall

Squad number37Player nameTetê

Squad number10Player nameMaddison

Squad number7Player nameBarnes

Squad number20Player nameDaka

Squad number14Player nameIheanacho

Squad number21Player nameRicardo Pereira

Squad number33Player nameThomas

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-3-3

13Guaita2Ward16Andersen6GuéhiBooked at 88mins3Mitchell10EzeBooked at 81mins28Doucouré15SchluppSubstituted forHughesat 81'minutes7Olise22ÉdouardSubstituted forMatetaat 86'minutesBooked at 90mins11ZahaSubstituted forJ Ayewat 45+1'minutes

Substitutes

4Milivojevic8Sambi Lokonga9J Ayew14Mateta17Clyne18McArthur19Hughes21Johnstone44Riedewald

Leicester

Formation 4-2-3-1

31Iversen27Castagne15SouttarBooked at 68mins3Faes16KristiansenBooked at 29minsSubstituted forThomasat 60'minutes25NdidiBooked at 89mins22Dewsbury-HallBooked at 83mins37TetêSubstituted forRicardo Pereiraat 45'minutes10Maddison7Barnes20DakaSubstituted forIheanachoat 72'minutes

Substitutes

1Ward4Söyüncü9Vardy14Iheanacho18Amartey21Ricardo Pereira24Mendy33Thomas42Soumaré

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 2, Leicester City 1.

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 2, Leicester City 1.

Jean-Philippe Mateta (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal! Crystal Palace 2, Leicester City 1. Jean-Philippe Mateta (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordan Ayew with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Tyrick Mitchell (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Jean-Philippe Mateta (Crystal Palace) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Ayew with a cross.

Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harry Souttar (Leicester City).

Foul by Jean-Philippe Mateta (Crystal Palace).

Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City).

Marc Guéhi (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marc Guéhi (Crystal Palace).

Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jean-Philippe Mateta replaces Odsonne Édouard.

Attempt missed. Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Olise with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Daniel Iversen.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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