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Wily Warnock revels in hounding of Foxes

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PALACE boss Neil Warnock spoke of his delight at continuing the Eagles' unbeaten league run under his leadership following a comfortable 2-0 win over Leicester City last Saturday.

Two early second-half goals from Fraizer Campbell and Mile Jedinak in the space of three minutes saw off the Foxes at Selhurst Park.

Warnock said: "The wins are so important, to get three points is unbelievable. But when you get three points and you play well and you deserve it, I'm determined to enjoy it myself and I asked the players to enjoy it.

"I think you can see that they are enjoying it too. It's a privilege to play at a club like Palace in the Premier League and they just have to embrace it.

"At half-time we said about being a lot more positive and I thought the wide players could win us the game or our set-pieces and I thought they were a threat throughout the game.

"Campbell, when he put himself out in the second half, I thought he made the difference. He deserved his goal and two goals quickly was very welcoming.

"Leicester had a good start so we were a little bit deeper than we should have been, but I thought we changed after about 20 minutes and gradually we got more positive."

Captain Jedinak's glancing header gave Palace a two-goal lead – his second in as many games – and Warnock praised his skipper.

"We could have got a bit further forward in the first half and I said to Mile I fancy him for a goal but I thought it might be a shot from outside the box," said the boss.

"He's a leader. He's our leader. He's what I call a bit of a bread-and-butter player. He's always the first on the manager's team sheet and it's nice when he gets a reward of a goal."

The contest started at a decent pace with both sides getting on the ball. The first chance fell to Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, who controlled the ball inside the box and saw his goal-bound shot brilliantly saved by Julian Speroni. The ball eventually fell into the path of David Nugent on the edge of the area and the forward curled inches wide of the far post.

Palace hit back as Campbell headed towards goal from Jason Puncheon's free-kick, only to see Kasper Schmeichel make an easy save, before Nugent went on a galloping run past four Eagles players and shot wildly over.

Approaching the half-hour mark, Palace went up another gear and should have taken the lead with three or four terrific chances.

First, Yannick Bolasie's brilliant cross was nodded back by Puncheon towards James McArthur, but the Scotland midfielder's shot was deflected over.

From the resulting corner, Joe Ledley's header at the back post was cleared off the line by Esteban Cambiasso, before Puncheon forced Schmeichel into a good save from range.

The loose ball was played back into the mixer and Campbell glanced a header wide of the far post.

Into the second period and after a goalless first half, Palace were two goals up after 54 minutes.

They drew first blood when Scott Dann rose above his marker from a corner to power a header towards goal, only for Campbell to help the ball on and into the back of the net.

And then, moments later, Bolasie won a free-kick on the left in a dangerous position, which Puncheon delivered into the box and skipper Jedinak glanced into the bottom corner.

Palace were rampant and went looking for a third but Leicester managed to regain their composure and made a couple of changes to their pack.

In-form striker Leonardo Ulloa had not had a sniff all afternoon at this point, with Dann and Damien Delaney keeping the former Brighton man quiet.

Marouane Chamakh came on for Campbell after four weeks out with a hamstring injury, and the Moroccan nearly got himself on the scoresheet with a diving header, only to see it go inches over.

Leicester were poor and offered little in the second half, with Palace happy to see the game out quite comfortably.

Wily Warnock revels in hounding of Foxes


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