Leicester's Shakespeare unsure of points target for survival

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Early goals from Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy in each half had taken Leicester close to a momentum-building victory as the champions prepare for Tuesday's visit of Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals.

The result sees the Eagles edge further away from the relegation zone, with seven points now separating them from the bottom three, but Benteke believes that it should have been even better.

Palace v Leicester is included in this weekend's Super 6 line-up, with £250,000 up for grabs again following jackpot wins in the last two rounds. "So we had to make sure that the team that was selected was coming here to get a result".

Now he needs to harness the same enthusiasm to overcome a 1-0 deficit against Atletico Madrid in a home Champions League Quarter-Final on Tuesday.

"It is Palace's issue now and problem how to get him playing consistently".

They went ahead when Christian Fuchs heaved over a long throw that Huth rose unchallenged to head in after six minutes.

Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare says he is not surprised by Crystal Palace's revival under Sam Allardyce.

Palace struck back impressively and were back in the game inside two minutes.

The Belgian global was denied, however, when Kasper Schmeichel raced off his line to close down the angle and the striker saw his close-range shot deflect to safety off the legs of the Leicester keeper. "On reflection, when you finish a game with a point having been 2-0 down, you have to be incredibly satisfied with that point". It kept our run going, showing just how good we are as a team at the moment.

It was always going to be a unusual one if Newcastle were promoted and then went back for Andros Townsend - if in the meantime he'd done well for Palace then there would be no way they'd sell him and/or other clubs would then be interested, so only if he continued to be rubbish and show poor attitude would Newcastle arguably have been able to land him.

"There is a tinge of disappointment, but Selhurst Park is a tough place to come", he said. Their wingers, we need to keep them quiet and then the threat of Benteke in the air too. (But) we should be pleased with a point, probably. "We don't know because we don't know how many points the other teams are going to get", Shakespeare, whose side have earned 16 points in seven games since he took over in February, told British media.

Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): Hennessey; Ward, Kelly, Sakho, Schlupp (Van Aanholt 67); Cabaye, Milivojevic; Townsend, Puncheon, Zaha (McArthur 84); Benteke.

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