Neil Warnock's unbeaten Barclays Premier League record since returning as Crystal Palace manager remained intact after a 2-0 win over Leicester City.
Second-half goals from Fraizer Campbell and captain Mile Jedinak were enough for Palace to clinch all three points, as they won at Selhurst Park for the first time this season.
Leicester entered the match full of confidence after a 5-3 win over Manchester United last weekend but it was Crystal Palace who created the better chances in south London. Warnock has overseen two wins and two draws in the Barclays Premier League and Palace could have been ahead at the break had Kasper Schmeichel not made a save from Jason Puncheon's effort. The breakthrough came six minutes into the second half when Campbell scored his second goal in as many Barclays Premier League matches before Jedinak doubled the lead with a header from Puncheon's free-kick.
Warnock named the same line-up who started the win over Everton six days ago, while striker Marouane Chamakh was on the bench after nearly a month out with a hamstring injury. Leicester were unchanged from the team who beat Manchester United.
After a cagey opening, it was Leicester who had the first opportunity in the 13th minute. Dean Hammond's long ball fell for Jamie Vardy, who worked the ball onto his left foot but shot straight at Julian Speroni. Palace gradually settled into the game and enjoyed a spell of pressure just before the half-hour. Yannick Bolasie dug out a cross from the left before James McArthur's shot was deflected over the crossbar. From the resulting corner Joe Ledley's header was hacked away just in front of the goal-line by Esteban Cambiasso, before Puncheon's curling 25-yard effort drew a smart save from Schmeichel.
Leicester almost took the lead early after the restart when David Nugent saw a goalbound effort deflected wide by the foot of Joel Ward but it was the hosts who broke the deadlock in the 51st minute. Puncheon's corner from the right was headed back across goal by Scott Dann and Campbell got the slightest of touches in the six-yard box. The home fans were on their feet again just three minutes later. Puncheon was again the architect with a free-kick from the left and Jedinak leapt highest to glance his header across Schmeichel and into the far corner.
Leicester applied some late pressure but after having a penalty appeal turned down by referee Keith Stroud when Vardy went down under a challenge from Ward, Crystal Palace held on for the victory.
Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock: "We said at half-time we were a bit nervous in the first half. I thought the wide men could win it for us and that proved the case.
"We keep our feet on the floor. There is nobody getting carried away. Three points in the Premier League is very important.
"We have come on a long way in the last few weeks."
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson: "It is disappointing to lose to two set-plays. The fashion in which we conceded the momentum was disappointing. I thought we started well and created chances but were unable to make anything of them.
"We were under par in the second half. You have to give them credit, though. They defended with intelligence. But ultimately we had to come up with ways to break them down and couldn't find that edge."
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