Palace 5-0 Leicester report - 'Foxes threw in the towel'


It's hard to find the words to describe how appalling Leicester were in their 5-0 defeat to Crystal Palace. There's a difference between being outperformed on merit and just chucking in the towel.

28th Apr 2018

It looked like the latter and the general effort and attitude from the Leicester players was well short of the mark.

We can talk about Marc Albrighton's red card and Wilfred Ndidi's injury being factors, as Claude Puel has done, but this seems to be an attempt to conceal a bigger issue.

Lack of effort

Leicester started the game with the enthusiasm of a lifeless, flattened fox on a B-road in miscellaneous Britain. The Foxes' opponents were everything Leicester weren't.

Energetic, aware of their jobs, playing the ball with clear direction. They put us to the sword, and the scoreline was in no way flattering to Palace's efforts.

Roy Hodgson has done a fantastic job navigating Palace from the foot of the table to what is starting to look like safety.

You don't have to be in their dressing room to appreciate that this team puts in huge effort for the manager. Can the same be really said of Puel after that?

Puel at fault

Fans have generally blamed the manager. Puel and his coaching staff are partly responsible for player mindset, but more so tactics. I still don't know what Leicester's tactics were, because they never got going.

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As for player mindset, Ruben Loftus-Cheek's goal captured Leicester's holiday-mode attitude, the Palace player tapping in to an audience of statuesque Leicester players.

I really tried to stay positive on this bad run that Leicester are currently enduring, but don't really see why I should bother if nobody else does. 

Players can grovel on social media all they like after the game, but the only response fans really care about is the one they show on the pitch in the next game.

My man of the match was James McArthur because he was sharp in the box with a goal and a neat assist for Wilfried Zaha's opener, but mainly because he didn't stop running.

His attitude in this game was what you expect from Premier League players, but not what you always get.

Foxes must wake up

Leicester are ending this season as they started it, with a slump. I doubt anyone will be too confident about the team if they end the season in this manner.

It's now crucial to move on, put right all of the wrongs on display in this game, and try to emulate some of the performances that have been good this season.

If they don't show a change in attitude, I fear for Puel's future at the club and also some of the players.

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