Battered Leicester City part ways with Crystal Palace in a goalless draw

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said his struggling players had “given it their all” after a frustrating goalless draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday left them in deep trouble in the Premier League relegation zone. The only point at King Power Stadium gave Leicester five points – level with Nottingham Forest, who were down on goal difference. Leicester’s only league win this season was a 4-0 win over Forest earlier this month but that proved a false morning for the 2016 champions.

Rodgers’ side, which has the division’s most leaky defense, stood solidly at the back on Saturday but failed to convert their chances in the fall sun.

“I thought the performance was good,” the pressured Rodgers told BT Sport. “We limited a very good Crystal Palace team to a chance with a lot of individual players of real quality.

“We also put a lot of pressure on the game, especially in the second half when the pressure on the ball was much better. We got into good areas but didn’t score the last pass.”

Rodgers said a lack of wins means pressure on him is inevitable.

“The players fight and run and give everything,” he said. “I always felt like we had to fight our way through the season after the summer market, but the players are doing that and hopefully we’ll get better results as the season progresses.”

The club signed defender Wout Faes from French club Reims in the final hours of the transfer window to replace Chelsea-bound defender Wesley Fofana in his only significant deal.


Leicester had the majority of possession and the better chances in the first half against Palace, but clear chances were few and far between.

Harvey Barnes forced a save from Vicente Guaita after breaking into the box from the left and Patson Daka tested the keeper midway through the opening period.

The visitors occasionally threatened, with Eberechi Eze firing just over goal in the final minutes of the opening period, but they failed to put the Leicester defense under sustained pressure.

Leicester started the second half brilliantly and the in-form James Maddison failed to save his left-footed shot after being found by the lively Barnes.

Timothy Castagne shot straight at Guaita just before the hour mark.

Rodgers put on Jamie Vardy for Daka in the 65th minute, midfielder Nampalys Mendy replaced Boubakary Soumare.

Vardy, 35, is still chasing his first goal of the season.

Maddison had another chance in the 71st minute but shot too close to Guaita again.

Palace manager Patrick Vieira made changes himself but his team failed to create clear chances.

Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho came on for Barnes with five minutes remaining but Leicester found no chance despite some late pressure.


Forest was in action at Wolves later on Saturday.

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