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Crystal Palace: Guaita’s performance papered over cracks

Crystal Palace can count themselves lucky that they escaped the King Power Stadium with a point on Saturday, with Vicente Guaita one of few Palace players who can come away with any credit.

Patrick Vieira’s side failed to build on their impressive 2-1 win against Leeds United last weekend, as they were well and truly second-best against Leicester City.

The Foxes, who moved off the bottom of the Premier League table after the stalemate, had 14 shots to Palace’s eight and nine corners to the Eagles’ two, which suggests that they were unfortunate not to take all three points.

Considering the hosts’ shocking start to the season, which has seen them win just one game, Palace really should have been pushing for the win but showed very little attacking intent in Saturday’s early kick-off.

With Rodgers under pressure and the home crowd turning, there was a perfect opportunity for Palace to start on the front foot and get Leicester’s heads down but they failed to do so, and only Guaita’s saves meant that they left with a point.

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As with the 0-0 draw against Newcastle United earlier in the season, Vieira can once again look towards his goalkeeper as the man who should take the plaudits.

As per SofaScore, the Spaniard earned an 8.7/10 rating for his display, which comfortably ranked him as the best player on the pitch.

Guaita would make six saves in the game, including five in the box and the Foxes simply couldn’t find a way past him as he earned his second clean sheet of the campaign.

After he earned his first in the draw against Newcastle last month, Joel Ward was full of praise for the shot-stopper.

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He said: “Look at the first half, the one-on-one, and the second half where he tips it onto the post. V, we know his quality, know what he can do and how quick he is. His reactions are second to none. Some games, some days, you need your ‘keepers to pull out those worldie saves and today he did that for us.”

The veteran ‘keeper deserves a lot of credit but Vieira must be wary that his side were lucky not to lose as the overall performance was worrying, so the clean sheet and point may well paper over some cracks in terms of Palace’s long-term potential.

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