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Crystal Palace 0-0 Leeds United


Crystal Palace 0-0 Leeds United

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The points are shared after a goalless draw between Crystal Palace and Leeds United.

The hosts dominated the game, creating some great chances, but they couldn’t find a way through their opponents.

In the second half, Gallagher came close when he rifled an effort just wide of the top corner from the edge of the box before Meslier pulled off a brilliant double save to deny Zaha at his near post.

Starting lineup:

CRYSTAL PALACE STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Vicente Guaita; Joel Ward, Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi, Nathaniel Clyne; James McArthur, Conor Gallagher; Eberechi Eze, Jordan Ayew, Wilfried Zaha; Jean-Philippe Mateta.

CRYSTAL PALACE SUBS: Jeffrey Schlupp, Cheikhou Kouyate, Martin Kelly, Will Hughes, Odsonne Edouard, Michael Olise, Jack Butland, James Tomkins.

LEEDS UNITED STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Illan Meslier; Luke Ayling, Diego Llorente, Liam Cooper, Stuart Dallas; Mateusz Klich, Kalvin Phillips; Raphinha, Rodrigo, Jack Harrison; Daniel James.

LEEDS UNITED SUBS: Junior Firpo, Noham Kenneh, Lewis Bate, Kristoffer Klaesson, Robin Koch, Pascal Struijk, Sam Greenwood, Charlie Cresswell, Joe Gelhardt.

Marsch told Sky Sports:

“We, as a group, we’re a little disappointed overall with the performance, but we have to look at this positively. Two clean sheets in a row it’s a big point that gets us closer to the ultimate goal. It was a night when we bent but didn’t break. So the guys are disappointed, but the point was valuable.

“Some of the things in possession that we wanted to try to make little connections, we couldn’t establish enough to do that. After 16 days, it was not easy to get game sharpness. But the mentality to fight for everything was there.

“There are still moments when they get caught in the man-marking, or the other players feel like they have to cover behind them. For some of the positioning in the build-up phases in the last third, we need to be better in the connection and timings of plays.

“These games are incredible. They’re tight. Every second and every moment can help them in both directions. Being physical and defending in real ways and winning duels will be important for how I want us to play. Containing to find ways with the ball to manipulate and unbalance opponents and move and connect in a way that can be more dangerous. We’ll keep working.”

So, what’s next?

Leeds stay in 16th, which means they’re now five points clear of Everton in the relegation zone.

They’re unbeaten in five going into a tough run of fixtures, starting with Manchester City on Saturday.

Palace ends their losing run but stays in 14th. Next up for them is a trip to Southampton.

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