Harvey Barnes’ strike seven minutes from time rescued a point for Leicester in a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, lifting them back into second in the Premier League.
Brendan Rodgers opted to rest the likes of Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans to the bench, while James Maddison was omitted from the squad completely, and his side started slowly as both teams failed to really get into any kind of rhythm.
The Foxes should have taken the lead after 18 minutes when Luke Thomas was felled in the box, but Kelechi Iheanacho’s tame penalty was saved by Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. That mistake was punished early in the second half, as Wilfried Zaha volleyed in at the back post after good work from Andros Townsend.
Leicester found their spark after introducing Vardy and Tielemans in the second half, and they got their reward when Barnes collected the ball on the right-hand side and cut infield before firing a low effort past Guaita.
Enough of all that though, let’s do some ratings shall we?
Vicente Guaita (GK) – 7/10 – His distribution isn’t the best, but saved Iheanacho’s penalty and that ultimately earned his side a point.
Nathaniel Clyne (RB) – 6/10 – Still a long way from the level he was at earlier in his career, but a steady performer.
James Tomkins (CB) – 6/10 – Conceded the penalty and looked to have a small element of ring rust.
Cheikhou Kouyate (CB) – 6/10 – Shepherded the defence well and showed he’s capable of stepping forward with the ball.
Tyrick Mitchell (LB) – 7/10 – Never mind Patrick van Aanholt; the future of Palace’s full-back options comes in the form of Tyrick Mitchell.
Andros Townsend (RM) – 7/10 – Lovely bit of work down the right-hand side created Zaha’s well-taken goal.
Luka Milivojevic (CM) – 6/10 – Went about his business in midfield in his usual gritty, determined fashion. Remember when he used to score 10+ penalties a season? Yeah, not anymore.
Jairo Riedewald (CM) – 7/10 – Gave the ball away a little too often, but has something about him that tells you he’s class.
Jeffery Schlupp (LM) – 6/10 – Pretty quiet on the left flank, struggled to really get involved.
Christian Benteke (ST) – 7/10 – Dominant in the air, perfect for a two-man striking combo.
Wilfried Zaha* (ST) – 8/10 – The main man who holds everything together. Took his goal well, even though Schmeichel will be disappointed with being beaten at the near post.
James McArthur – N/A
Jordan Ayew – N/A
Kasper Schmeichel (GK) – 6/10 – Should have done better with Zaha’s goal. Disappointing given his 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’re a defender these days. Not a bad showing from the Ghanaian.
Jonny Evans (CB) – 7/10 – Maturing like a fine red wine, Evans continues to get better (or so it seems) with each passing game.
Luke Thomas (LB) – 7/10 – Won Leicester’s penalty and was generally neat and tidy in possession.
Nampalys Mendy (CM) – 5/10 – All very quiet in Leicester’s midfield, not really breaking up play to great effect and failing to influence the tempo like Wilfred Ndidi does.
Hamza Choudhury (CM) – 6/10 – Needs to start putting in performances of quality to show he’s worth more than being a rotation option. Didn’t do that here.
Ayoze Perez (RM) – 7/10 – Rarely puts in a disappointing display. Combative in the tackle, Perez was industrious and looked capable of making things happen.
Dennis Praet (AM) – 6/10 – A quiet display from the Belgian, rarely getting on the ball.
Harvey Barnes (LM) – 8/10 – A player of real quality for Leicester. Has pace to burn and took his chance superbly.
Kelechi Iheanacho (ST) – 5/10 – Once upon a time, Iheanacho was a budding young striker bursting with confidence at Manchester City. He just weirdly isn’t that player at Leicester, and his penalty miss will do him no good at all.
Youri Tielemans – 6/10 – Not his brightest half an hour, but added a quality and aura that Praet doesn’t have.
Jamie Vardy – 6/10
Demarai Gray – N/A