Crystal Palace earned a valuable point to boost their Championship survival bid at play-off chasing Leicester.

Foxes goalkeeper Chris Weale should have kept out Sean Scannell's long-range first-half opener which moved in the air en route to the net.

But Matt Oakley levelled for the home side midway through the second period with a classy edge-of-area volley.

Yakubu blazed over for Leicester from two yards as Palace, who had Wilfried Zaha sent off in injury time, clung on.

In a cagey opening, bereft of quality, City's on-loan Fulham striker Diomansy Kamara scuffed the best chance wide.

Winger Scannell broke the deadlock, though, on the half-hour mark after he let fly from distance straight at keeper Weale, who was left red-faced as the ball swerved past his grasp.

Oakley's moment of skill illuminated a drab second half in the 58th minute.

A ball into the box was cleared to the edge of the area and the Foxes skipper pounced with an exquisite volley which left visiting keeper Julian Speroni with no chance.

Second-half substitue Darius Vassell looked to have fashioned the Foxes a winner when he sent over a low, pacy cross to leave Yakubu with a simple finish.

However, with the goal at his mercy, the on-loan Everton man inexplicably fired over.

Speroni came to Palace's rescue late on, producing a smart stop from a Patrick van Aanholt strike.

In the dying moments, Dutch full-back Van Aanholt was the victim of an apparent touchline stamp from Zaha, who was dismissed over the incident.

The result leaves Leicester four points from the play-off places, while Palace have increased the gap between themselves and third-from-bottom Scunthorpe to six points.

Match Stats

Shots

12 9

On target

7 6

Corners

7 4

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +7:27 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +6:53 Booking

Booking Booking for James Vaughan.

90:00 +6:03 Dismissal

Dismissal Wilfried Zaha sent from the field by the ref for violent conduct.

90:00 +2:55

Foul by Anthony Gardner on Steve Howard, free kick awarded. Patrick Van Aanholt has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

90:00 +2:14

The ball is sent over by Darius Vassell, clearance made by Patrick McCarthy.

90:00 +1:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Angelo Miguel Vitor by James Vaughan. Direct free kick taken by Chris Weale.

90:00 +0:59 Booking

Booking Souleymane Bamba is shown a yellow card.

90:00 +0:15

Corner taken left-footed by Patrick Van Aanholt, Unfair challenge on Patrick McCarthy by Souleymane Bamba results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

88:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Danns on Matt Oakley. Richie Wellens restarts play with the free kick.

88:03 Booking

Booking The referee shows Neil Danns a yellow card for dissent.

85:00

Steve Howard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Moxey. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

84:34

Steffen Iversen handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Souleymane Bamba takes the free kick.

82:54

Shot from 35 yards by Kemy Agustien missed to the right of the goal.

80:47

Angelo Miguel Vitor sends in a cross, Dean Moxey gets a block in.

79:15 Substitution

Substitution Steffen Iversen replaces Pablo Counago.

78:53

Matt Oakley fouled by Wilfried Zaha, the ref awards a free kick. Richie Wellens restarts play with the free kick.

78:10

Handball decision goes against Steve Howard. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

77:10 Substitution

Substitution Ayegbeni Yakubu leaves the field to be replaced by Steve Howard.

76:44 Substitution

Substitution (Leicester) makes a substitution, with Lloyd Dyer coming on for Diomansy Kamara.

76:25

Ayegbeni Yakubu produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

73:07

Patrick Van Aanholt takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.

72:16

The referee blows for offside against Darius Vassell. Anthony Gardner takes the free kick.

70:19

Short corner taken by Diomansy Kamara.

68:49 Substitution

Substitution (Crystal Palace) makes a substitution, with James Vaughan coming on for Sean Scannell.

68:13

Neil Danns takes a shot. Blocked by Diomansy Kamara.

65:53

The assistant referee signals for offside against Wilfried Zaha. Free kick taken by Patrick Van Aanholt.

64:36

Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.

63:20 Substitution

Substitution Owen Garvan goes off and Kemy Agustien comes on.

62:52

Sean Scannell takes a shot. Save made by Chris Weale.

62:24

Wilfried Zaha takes a shot. Patrick Van Aanholt gets a block in.

59:11

Unfair challenge on Kagisho Dikgacoi by Andy King results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.

58:46

Owen Garvan fouled by Matt Oakley, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Owen Garvan.

57:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Oakley - Leicester 1 - 1 C Palace Goal scored by Matt Oakley from just inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Leicester 1-1 Crystal Palace.

54:37

Pablo Counago concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Mee. Ben Mee takes the direct free kick.

54:37 Booking

Booking Pablo Counago is cautioned.

52:43

Matt Oakley produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

50:02

Corner from the left by-line taken by Owen Garvan, Ben Mee fouled by Patrick McCarthy, the ref awards a free kick. Patrick Van Aanholt restarts play with the free kick.

49:42

Corner taken left-footed by Owen Garvan.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Darius Vassell comes on in place of Paul Gallagher.

45:00 +3:40 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +1:02

Foul by Andy King on Neil Danns, free kick awarded. Owen Garvan takes the free kick.

44:53

Corner taken left-footed by Owen Garvan from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Matt Oakley.

44:28

Matt Oakley takes a shot. Anthony Gardner gets a block in.

43:10

Foul by Ben Mee on Pablo Counago, free kick awarded. Patrick McCarthy takes the free kick.

41:27

The ball is swung over by Richie Wellens.

40:53

Ben Mee takes a shot. Patrick McCarthy gets a block in.

38:12

Unfair challenge on Owen Garvan by Ayegbeni Yakubu results in a free kick. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.

37:38

Inswinging corner taken by Paul Gallagher.

37:10

Pablo Counago concedes a free kick for a foul on Richie Wellens. Ben Mee takes the direct free kick.

36:09

Corner taken by Paul Gallagher, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance.

35:47

Diomansy Kamara takes a shot. Blocked by Dean Moxey.

34:24

Foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi on Richie Wellens, free kick awarded. Shot on goal comes in from Paul Gallagher from the free kick, save made by Julian Speroni.

33:53

Shot on goal by Pablo Counago from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

33:11

Sean Scannell takes a shot. Save by Chris Weale.

32:28

Souleymane Bamba takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.

32:01

Corner taken by Paul Gallagher.

31:24

Inswinging corner taken by Paul Gallagher from the left by-line, Kagisho Dikgacoi makes a clearance.

30:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Sean Scannell - Leicester 0 - 1 C Palace Sean Scannell fires in a goal from outside the box low into the middle of the goal. Leicester 0-1 Crystal Palace.

26:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Owen Garvan on Andy King. Souleymane Bamba takes the free kick.

26:41 Booking

Booking Owen Garvan goes into the referee's book.

25:30

Diomansy Kamara concedes a free kick for a foul on Wilfried Zaha. Owen Garvan delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.

22:46

Diomansy Kamara has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

21:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Danns on Matt Oakley. Richie Wellens restarts play with the free kick.

21:47

Centre by Diomansy Kamara, clearance made by Anthony Gardner.

19:01

Inswinging corner taken by Owen Garvan from the right by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Sean Scannell on Ayegbeni Yakubu. Direct free kick taken by Ben Mee.

18:19

Dean Moxey takes a shot. Blocked by Richie Wellens.

17:31

Paul Gallagher concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Moxey. Free kick taken by Owen Garvan.

14:52

Corner taken right-footed by Paul Gallagher.

14:28

Unfair challenge on Angelo Miguel Vitor by Sean Scannell results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Paul Gallagher, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance.

12:49

The ball is delivered by Andy King.

10:36

The ball is sent over by Paul Gallagher, clearance by Anthony Gardner.

0:52

Nathaniel Clyne takes a shot. Blocked by Ben Mee.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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