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Player ratings as Harvey Barnes goal saves a point


Harvey Barnes’ strike seven minutes from time saved a point for Leicester in a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, bringing them back to second in the Premier League.

Brendan Rodgers opted to leave Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans on the bench, while James Maddison was left out of the squad altogether, and his squad started slow as both teams failed to get into the rhythm.

The Foxes should have taken the lead after 18 minutes when Luke Thomas fell into the box, but Kelechi Iheanacho’s tame penalty was stopped by Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. This error was punished early in the second half, as Wilfried Zaha resumed the volley at the back post after a good job from Andros Townsend.

Leicester found their spark after introducing Vardy and Tielemans in the second half, and they got their reward when Barnes recovered the ball from the right side and cut into the field before pulling a weak effort past Guaita.

Enough of all this though, let’s do some evaluations, okay?

Vicente Guaita, Kelechi Iheanacho
A moment to savor for Guaita | Sebastian Frej / MB Media / Getty Images

Vicente Guaita (GK) – 7/10 – His distribution isn’t the best, but saved Iheanacho’s penalty and it ultimately earned his side a point.

Nathaniel Clyne (RB) – 6/10 – Still a far cry from the level he was at earlier in his career, but a regular performer.

James Tomkins (CB) – 6/10 – Conceded the penalty and appeared to have a small element of ring rust.

Cheikhou Kouyate (CB) – 6/10 – Framed the defense well and showed he was able to move forward with the ball.

Tyrick Mitchell (LB) – 7/10 – Never mind Patrick van Aanholt; The future of Palace full-back options comes in the form of Tyrick Mitchell.

Wilfried Zaha, Andros Townsend
Zaha was quick to thank Townsend for his good job in preparing for Palace goal | Sebastian Frej / MB Media / Getty Images

Andros Townsend (RM) – 7/10 – Nice work on the right side created Zaha’s well-chosen goal.

Luka Milivojevic (CM) – 6/10 – I went about his business in the midfield in his usual and determined way. Do you remember when he scored more than 10 penalties per season? Yeah, not anymore.

Jairo Riedewald (CM) – 7/10 – Has given the ball a little too often, but he’s got something on him that tells you he’s classy.

Jeffery Schlupp (LM) – 6/10 – Fairly calm on the left flank, struggled to really get involved.

Wilfried Zaha
Zaha was in the lead again | Sebastian Frej / MB Media / Getty Images

Christian Benteke (ST) – 7/10 – Dominant in the air, perfect for a striking two-man combo.

Wilfried Zaha * (ST) – 8/10 – The main man who holds everything together. Got his goal well, even if Schmeichel will be disappointed to be beaten at the near post.

James mcarthur – N / A

Jordan Ayew – N / A

James Justin, Jeffrey Schlupp
James Justin continues to impress | Pool / Getty Images

Kasper Schmeichel (GK) – 6/10 – I should have done better with Zaha’s goal. Disappointing considering its usual high standards.

James Justin (RB) – 7/10 – One of the stars of the Premier League season so far. Wins tackles, can run with the ball, passes well – a real find.

Daniel Amartey (CB) – 6/10 – Versatility is the name of the game if you are a defender these days. Not bad Ghanaian.

Jonny Evans (CB) – 7/10 – As he ages like a fine red wine, Evans continues to improve (at least it seems) with every passing game.

Luke Thomas (LB) – 7/10 – Won the Leicester penalty and was generally groomed and tidy in possession.

Brendan Rodgers, Harvey Barnes
Barnes is a real quality player | Pool / Getty Images

Nampalys Mendy (CM) – 5/10 – It is all very calm in the Leicester midfielder, not really interrupting play with great effect and influencing the pace like Wilfred Ndidi does.

Hamza Choudhury (CM) – 6/10 – You have to start delivering quality performance to show that it’s worth more than being a spin option. I didn’t do that here.

Image ID: Ayoze Perez (RM) 7/10 – Rarely puts in a disappointing display. Combative in the tackle, Perez was industrious and seemed able to shake things up.

Dennis Praet (AM) – 6/10 – A silent display of the Belgian, rarely on the ball.

Harvey Barnes (LM) – 8/10 – A real quality player for Leicester. Has pace to burn and superbly seized his chance.

Kelechi Iheanacho
Iheanacho’s race was provisional | Pool / Getty Images

Kelechi Iheanacho (ST) – 5/10 – Once upon a time, Iheanacho was a confident young forward at Manchester City. He’s just not that player at Leicester, and his penalty won’t do him any good.

Jamie Vardy
Vardy has less than 25 minutes to his credit | Pool / Getty Images

Youri Tielemans – 6/10 – Not her brightest half hour, but added a quality and aura that Praet doesn’t have.

Jamie Vardy – 6/10

Demarai Gray – N / A