Crystal Palace v Leicester City 14/01/09
CRYSTAL PALACE 2 v 1 LEICESTER CITY
Welcome to this evening's game at Selhurst Park. Apologies for the late start, we had a few technincal problems.
Not to worry you haven't missed much in the opening 10 minutes apart from Speroni misjudging a corner and a few misplaced passes from Derry.
As far as team news goes Victor Moses gets his chance on the wing in place of the departed Leandre Griffit and Derry is back in the midfield for Jose Fonte, with Danny Butterfield at left back, Clint Hill and Matt Lawrence in the centre and Nathanial Clyne at right back.
Palace: Speroni, Butterfield, Hill, Lawrence, Clyne, Derry, Carle, Danns, Moses, Ifill, Lee. Subs: Flahavan, Scannell, Hills, Andrew, Ertl, Kuqi, Comley.
Leicester: Martin, Edworthy, Tunchev, Oakley, Howard, Gradel, Mattock, King, Hobbs, Dickov, Berner. Subs: Gilbert, Morrison, Adams, Porter, Chambers, Powell, Cisak.
20 min: This is threatening to be as bad as the first game though Alan Lee has managed a header just wide and a shot from an angle that was also wide. Moses has looked alright and been on a couple of runs.
22 min: SUB: Early problems for Leicester as Tunchev goes down clutching his knee off the ball and is carried off on a stretcher to be replaced by Morrison.
29 min: Problems for Palace as Moses goes down after a late tackle. He is trying to run it off but it looks like game over for him.
31 min: SUB: The ankle injury proves too much for Moses and he is replaced by Scannell. Warnock looks less than happy. I'm not sure if it's with Moses or the tackle.
34 min: A chance....but not a shot on goal. Scannell goes on a run and wins a free kick which Carle takes quickly for Danns but he slips as he goes to shoot and misses the ball. Oh dear.
38 min: GOAL! Yes that's right, there's been a goal. Palace shoot and they score. Carle sets up Ifill in the box and he turns and fires low. To be honest it's a poor shot until it hits King and deflects in. Oh well they all count and just maybe we will get a good game now.
45 min: Three minutes added on. Leicester have offered little so far without Matty Fryatt. Howard is winning plenty of headers as you would expect but strike partner Dickov is his usual angry frustrated self.
45 min: Ifill flashed over from an acute angle.
HALF TIME: Palace lead but the game isn't much better than 11 days ago. Leicester don't look like scoring though so as long as Palace keep their cool they should be fine.
46 min: Back under way and let's hope for an early Palace goal.
50 min: No any to speak of. If you are a fan of long balls you will like this as there is not much else on show from either side. Every time they try to pass it they just give it away.
53 min: Palace struggle to clear Oakley's corner and eventually Howard bobbles a shot harmlessly wide.
55 min: GOAL! A minute after wasting a good chance to put Scannell through, Lee gets this one right and puts the youngster in behind the full back. He sprints into the box and finishes calmly through the legs of Martin.
57 min: Leicester up their tempo and Hobbs heads wide from a corner.
62 min: Dickov almost musters a shot on target for Leicecster but pokes wide after twisting inside Hill. Leicester have yet to test Speroni at all.
64 min: SUB: Dickov goes off and is replaced by Chambers and Shefki Kuqi also comes on for Alan Lee.
66 min: Mattack's given plenty of space 20 yards out to shoot but he skews it well wide and Speroni's kit stays perfectly clean.
68 min: Hill heads down and wide from Carle's corner.
70 min: Ifill flicks wide after Kuqi then Scannell head on Hill's long free kick.
74 min: Attendance: 6,023
74 min: Beautiful football from Palace at the minute and they are completely dominating. First Berner is forced into a super block to deny Carle in the box before neat passing and a couple of flicks release Butterfield who curls just over from 18 yards. That would have been a great goal.
76 min: SUB: Edworthy off, Gilbert on as the linesman gets some treatment from the Palace physio on the far side.
78 min: SUB: Ifill off, Andrew on as Hill gives away a corner - which Speroni catches unchallenged.
81 min: YELLOW CARDS. Bookings for Chambers and Howard as the former goes in very very late on Speroni and the latter gives a little too much lip to the ref. Palace are comfortable as Andrew tries to set up Kuqi when he should have shot. There's another sub too as the linesman jogs off injured and his replacement isn't ready yet.
85 min: Speroni proves his quality with a super save from Chambers as he escapes in the box.
86 min: Oh and there's the other side of the Argentine as he flaps at a cross under pressure from Howard and Oakley stabs wide of an open goal. Awful miss.
90 min: YELLOW CARD: Gradel booked for something no one saw as the Palace physio is forced to hold up the board saying four minutes added on with the fourth official having replaced the linesman.
94 min: GOAL. A consolation for Leicester as Gradel turns in Chambers' cross.
FULL TIME: Palace ease into the fourth round and a tie with Watford at Vicarage Road a week on Saturday. Next up is Ipswich Town this weekend so see you all then.