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10-man Wolves level late against pitiful Palace defending

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Wolves fought back for a deserved point via a last-second equalizer, as Crystal Palace’s stoppage time silliness allowed a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

A Leander Dendoncker own goal put the Eagles in front, and Palace was up a man when Romain Saiss took his second yellow with 18 minutes to play.

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But danger man Jeff Schlupp was denied in the box by star man Rui Patricio minutes before Diogo Jota capitalized on Palace allowed a silver platter cross to get to his feet.

Wolves are still winless, with four draws through six matches, and sit 19th. Palace’s eighth point has it 12th on the table.


Three things we learned

1. Ward giveth, and taketh away: Joel Ward forced the own goal that gave Palace the lead when his wild drive through traffic turned off Leander Dendoncker to defy Rui Patricio, but his inexplicable stooping, missed intervention on the game winner was stunning. More on that below.

2. Wolves fight to death to find easy winner: Adama Traore, Jonny Otto, and the Wolves attack did not bow their heads after Palace took their fortunate lead nor after Romain Saiss’ second yellow card sent them diown a man, and Nuno Espirito Santo will love how his men fought to the final whistle while making timely interventions at the back (and taking advantage of Palace misfires).

Wilfried Zaha was dispossessed and it took three uncontested passes down the left of the Palace shape for Traore to find himself one-on-one with Patrick Van Aanholt. The Dutch defender played off Traore, who simply swept a cross to the back post. A chest trap, volley or 900 other things from Joel Ward could’ve ended the game, but he tried and missed a diving header that allowed Jota two touches to roof into an empty cage.

3. Silly from Saiss should’ve sealed it: Romain Saiss was sitting on yellow for a foul on Wilfried Zaha when he went out of his way to foul the Ivorian right on the touch line. Both managers saw the clear foul up close and personal, and Nuno Espirito Santo will certainly not like the idea of trusting Saiss again after his automatic ban.

Man of the Match: Vicente Guaita — The Crystal Palace goalkeeper was sensational in the draw, and the only reason Wolves weren’t ahead well before the Dendoncker own goal.


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An early corner kick led to a James McArthur goal mouth block of Leander Dendoncker’s low drive toward the near post, as Wolves got their first pressure on Palace following an opening 10 minutes that belonged largely to the hosts.

Palace’s Ayew headed a Luka Milivojevic corner into the arms of Rui Patricio in the 26th.

Vicente Guaita made the play of the first half when Raul Jimenez looped a cross over Mamadou Sakho to an unmarked Matt Doherty. The powered header was slapped away by a flying Guaita to keep it scoreless.

The keeper was again called upon when a 1-2 allowed Diogo Jota to lash a shot on goal in the 38th.

Palace took a stunning lead within 40 seconds of halftime, as Ward’s hard drive took a big turn off Dendoncker to spin past Patricio. The sequence began with Jeff Schlupp dribbling Willy Boly, the latter being imperious for most of his season.

By the time Romain Saiss was shown his second yellow for a fouls on Wilfried Zaha, the game felt academic. Would the 10-man Wolves find anything in the final 18 minutes?

The opposite, really, as Schlupp cued up substitute Christian Benteke which looked set for glory until the Belgian took an extra touch and drove into the arms of Patricio.

Wolves drive forward with win at Palace

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  • Wolves haven’t lost since Matchday 2
  • Mexico’s Jimenez sets up Doherty goal
  • Patricio makes stunning double save

Matt Doherty‘s second half goal sent Wolves’ unbeaten run to six matches with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

El Tri striker Raul Jimenez combined on a 1-2 with Doherty, as Wolves go seventh with 15 points. Palace is 14th with seven points.

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka‘s dribbling wizardry in the right corner allowed him to produced a fine cross that neither Wilfried Zaha nor his teammates could turn into an effort on goal.

At the other end, a Wolves counter had Raul Jimenez in the driver’s seat for a fine chance, but it was wasted as well.

Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey made an amazing save on Jimenez moments later.

Wolves went ahead through Doherty’s near post smash as the clock struck 56, working a 1-2 with Jimenez.

Max Meyer and Jeffrey Schlupp were stunned at the goal line by a terrific double stop by Rui Patricio.

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PL AT HALF: Two for Chelsea, Pereyra scores thunder bolt

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The Premier League’s first mid-morning matches of the season have produced goals in each of four 10 a.m. ET starts.

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Watford 1-0 Brighton and Hove Albion

The Hornets’ fourth corner of the night came off the training ground, and Roberto Pereyra got every bit of a volley from atop the box.

Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan could only get a hand on the effort, smashed with plenty of venom for the best goal of the very early season.

Huddersfield Town 0-2 Chelsea

Willian‘s cross was bounced over the line by N'Golo Kante for a first Premier League goal under Maurizio Sarri. Jorginho then converted a Marcos Alonso won penalty with a cheeky roll to double the advantage.

Bournemouth 1-0 Cardiff City

Ryan Fraser scored off a Callum Wilson cross, but the latter missed a penalty kick he won to keep this a one-goal game at the break.

Fulham 0-1 Crystal Palace

Former Leicester man Jeff Schulpp has the Eagles leading as the Premier League returns to Craven Cottage.

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Sunderland 0-0 Leicester City: Foxes survive! Draw keeps Leicester up

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Leicester City have completed the “Great Escape” as the Foxes secured a 0-0 draw at Sunderland on Saturday to secure their Premier League status after spending 140 days on the bottom of the table.

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Nigel Pearson’s men battled hard away at Sunderland and despite only having a good chance early on that Leonardo Ulloa missed, the Foxes stayed up.

As for Sunderland, the Black Cats need one more point from their final two games to secure safety as Dick Advocaat’s side could have easily won this match but Sebastian Larsson’s free kick and Adam Johnson’s effort was saved wonderfully by Kasper Schmeichel.

With the point Leicester is on 38 points and sit in 14th place, as their incredible run of six wins and a draw from their last eight games propelled them up the table, while Sunderland are on 37 points and sit in 16th.

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The first chance of the match came courtesy of a Larsson free kick form long-range which bounced just in front of Schmeichel but Leicester’s goalkeeper saved brilliantly.

In the 10th minute Jeffrey Schlupp’s fantastic cross from the left caused havoc and Marc Albrighton headed the ball across the goal but Ulloa couldn’t quite get on the end of it.

Danny Graham was causing all kinds of problems for Leicester and the striker had his shot pushed away by Schmeichel but as the first half played out Leicester began to look increasingly dangerous on the counter.

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In the second half Sunderland tried to switch things up as Johnson came off the bench. In the 62nd minute Patrick van Aanholt came so close to putting the Black Cats ahead. The Dutch full back flashed an effort wide of the goal as Advocaat’s men pushed for a winner late on.

Johnson then jinxed inside from the right but Schmeichel saved his effort at the near post as the Mackems fans tried to roar their team on to victory. Steven Fletcher sent a header just wide with less than 10 minutes on the clock and then Kramaric lobbed an effort over after a mix-up at the back from Sunderland.

In the end both sides settled for a draw as the Foxes stayed up and Sunderland is one point from securing their top-flight status.

LINEUPS

Sunderland: Pantilimon; Jones (Reveillere, 86′), Coates, O’Shea, Van Aanholt; Larsson, Cattermole, Bridcutt (Johnson, 60′); Defoe, Graham (Fletcher, 80′), Wickham.

Leicester: Schmeichel; Wasilewski, Huth, Morgan; Albrighton, King, Cambiasso, Schlupp; Mahrez (Drinkwater, 67′), Ulloa (Kramaric, 75′), Vardy.

Leicester City 3-0 Newcastle United: Foxes continue incredible revival

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Leicester City have spent 140 days at the bottom of the standings this season but have peaked at the perfect time as they sealed their fifth win in six games at home against Newcastle Untied on Saturday.

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The Foxes prevailed 3-0 at the King Power Stadium after a sensational start which saw them go 2-0 up after 17 minutes with goals from Leonardo Ulloa and Wes Morgan. Ulloa added another at the start of the second half against an awful Newcastle outfit who played with 10-men for over 30 minutes after Mike Williamson was sent off. Daryl Janmaat was also red-carded in stoppage time, as the Magpies finished the match with nine-men and their season hit a new low.

Leicester has all the momentum as they continue to climb clear of the bottom three, while Newcastle is on a eight-game losing streak. With the win the Foxes moved onto 34 points and are four points clear of the drop zone, while the Magpies are just two places and a point ahead of Leicester.

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Leicester flew out of the traps and Newcastle gave the ball away from the kick off and a move down the Foxes’ left saw Jeffrey Schlupp win them a corner. Marc Albrighton whipped the ball in and Ulloa headed home at the near post to send the home fans wild. 1-0 to Leicester after just 38 seconds.

Newcastle responded well after going behind as patient build up play saw Ayoze Perez get free on the right hand side of the box but he fired his shot wide of the far post. The Spaniard looked lively but Newcastle failed to capitalize on some dangerous moments and were soon 2-0 down.

In the 17th minute a free kick from Albrighton on the left flank took out the entire Newcastle defense and Leicester’s captain Morgan prodded home. 2-0, as the dream start continued. Newcastle went close through Emmanuel Riviere’s snapshot which clipped the side-netting but John Carver’s side looked shell-shocked after an awful opening.

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Before half time Newcastle had a great chance to pull one back as Perez played in Riviere but the French attacker slipped at the crucial moment, much to the amusement, and relief, of the home fans.

After the break it took Leicester just three minutes to make it 3-0 as Riviere shoved Marcin Wasilewski in the back as a corner kick came in. Ulloa stepped up and slammed home a penalty kick. 3-0, lights out for Newcastle.

Leicester were all over Newcastle and Schlupp’s cutback was dragged wide by Albrighton when he should have at least hit the target. Ulloa had a header well saved by Tim Krul. Newcastle’s afternoon took a turn for the worst when Williamson clattered into Vardy and was shown a second yellow, as the remainder of the game played out with the Magpies in damage limitation mode.

Janmaat was also shown a second yellow late on for fouling Vardy and the away fans continued to shown their unrest towards owner Mike Ashley as their side were 17 points ahead of Leicester two months ago. Eight defeats later and the Foxes are just one point behind and Newcastle is in real danger of dropping into the bottom three.

LINEUPS

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Wasilewski (De Laet, 68′), Huth, Morgan, Albrighton, Cambiasso (Hammond, 74′), James, Mahrez, Schlupp, Ulloa (Kramaric, 78′), Vardy

Goals: Ulloa (1′, 48′), Walker (17′)

Newcastle United: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett, Gutierrez, R.Taylor (De Jong, 58′), Colback, Sissoko, Riviere (Anita, 64′), Perez (Armstrong, 74′)