Crystal Palace has claimed their first victory since 2023 with a stunning 2-1 triumph over Leicester in a crucial relegation encounter at Selhurst Park. Manager Roy Hodgson, who returned to the dugout after a four-year hiatus, was in awe of his side’s first-half display. Palace registered 20 shots during that period, which Hodgson claimed was the best performance he has witnessed while in charge of the club. Substitute Jean-Philippe Mateta grabbed a dramatic late winner to earn the Eagles a valuable three points.
Palace’s attack was impressive throughout the game, generating multiple scoring opportunities despite their recent struggles to score goals. Hodgson was quick to credit the previous manager Patrick Vieira and the players for their performance, praising their talent and encouraging them to have more faith in themselves moving forward.
Leicester, despite falling behind in the first half, managed to claw their way back into the game and seemed to have secured a point until Mateta’s last-gasp strike. Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers was left disappointed as the defeat dented their hopes of avoiding relegation.
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