Few gave Crystal Palace a chance to pick up anything at Manchester City on the weekend, but they came back to London with a point they thoroughly deserved.

Fernandinho’s stoppage time own goal, brought on by a wicked Wilfried Zaha cross, drew the sides level after a late Segio Aguero brace that had seemingly turned the tie around after Cenk Tosun’s first half opener.

Pep Guardiola’s side unsurprisingly dominated proceedings at The Etihad.

With 75% possession, 25 shots to Palace’s five, theoretically the Eagles had no right to a point.

But, similar to last season’s heroics when they unforgettably won 3-2, it was the defensive effort that was the foundation of the unlikely result at the current Champions.

Martin Kelly and Jairo Reidewald weren’t near the starting XI at the start of the season, but with injuries to Patrick van Aanholt, Jeffrey Schlupp and Joel Ward, both have impressed.

As surprising and impressive as they’ve been however, it’s the centre back pairing which set the tone for Palace at City.

James Tomkins took the armband in Luka Milivojevic’s absence and looked every inch the leader.

Alongside him was another man who’s no stranger to wearing an armband in Gary Cahill, having led Chelsea in his final season with Blues.

It was the blossoming partnership of the two which rightly had both Roy Hodgson and Pep Guardiola feeling why the points were shared.

And many of the Palace faithful are in agreement.