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Crystal Palace thump Leicester City 5 – 0

Palace virtually had the match sewn up at half-time after goals from Wilfried Zaha and James McArthur, which both came from fantastic passing moves. Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says “no one wants to tempt fate” but the thrashing of 10-man Leicester City at Selhurst Park should have secured the Eagles’ Premier League future.

The Foxes’ intensity improved early in the second half, but any hopes of a comeback looked out of sight when Marc Albrighton received a straight red for pulling down an on-rushing Zaha.

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They fell apart in defence and it allowed first Ruben Loftus-Cheek and then Patrick van Aanholt to slot past goalkeeper Ben Hamer to make it 4-0.

Christian Benteke, on as a late substitute, compounded Leicester’s misery when he scored from the spot after being fouled by Harry Maguire.

The result moves Hodgson’s side up to 11th, six points clear of the relegation zone with two games to go, although they have played one more match than six teams below them.

“It certainly couldn’t have come at a better time,” Hodgson told Match of the Day. “It was a really important game for us.

“It’s all very well thinking you need one win from the last three games to secure your status, but you have got to get that win.”

Asked if Palace were safe, Hodgson added: “I think so. No one wants to tempt fate too much in that respect, but it would take a lot for a team with 38 points and such a good goal difference as we have to go down.

“If we survive, which I believe we will, it’s going to be a very heart-warming occasion for everybody.

“In some way, we did expect to get that last win and secure our status, so it’s more a relief than celebration.”

Leicester, who are ninth, look to be finishing the season with a whimper after picking up only four wins in their last 18 league matches.

This latest result and performance puts more pressure on manager Claude Puel, with speculation already mounting around his future.

Source: BBC News

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