The brilliant Twitter reaction to birthday-boy Ndidi’s red card vs Crystal Palace

Viewers of the clash between Leicester City and Crystal Palace have this afternoon taken to social media in their numbers to joke at the expense of Foxes midfielder Wilfred Ndidi.

Matchup

The two sides went head to head at the King Power Stadium today, with many predicting a backs-to-the-wall 90 minutes for the visitors based on Leicester’s excellent recent run of form.

Only league leaders Manchester City and Chelsea had enjoyed a superior run of form to Claude Puel’s men over the last 5 Premier League gameweeks, with the Foxes having scored 10 goals on their way to 4 wins from their last 4 league fixtures.

Crystal Palace, meanwhile, had put their dismal start to the season firmly behind them, and even managed to escape the Premier League relegation zone, albeit momentarily, following their incredible comeback victory over Watford on Tuesday night.

Not part of the script

As mentioned above, though, the hosts were still viewed as heavy favourites this afternoon, with Roy Hodgson’s Eagles having come into the matchup without having found the net on a single occasion away from home in the league this season.

But this harrowing statistic was put to bed after just 20 minutes today, as Christian Benteke nodded home Andros Townsend’s pinpoint cross from the right to give the visitors a shock lead.

And, to the horror of the Foxes faithful inside the King Power, it was soon 2-0, as the electric Wilfied Zaha smashed home past Kasper Schmeichel 5 minutes before the interval, following Benteke’s layoff.

Marching orders

And any hope that Leicester had of dragging themselves back into proceedings was effectively extinguished with an hour on the clock, after midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was handed his second yellow of the day for a perceived dive in the Palace box.

Though there did look to be slight contact on the heels of the Nigerian from James McArthur, Ndidi certainly embellished the touch, throwing himself dramatically to the ground in a desperate attempt to spark his side’s comeback.

Reaction

And, as news spread that Ndidi’s sending off had come on the day of his 21st birthday, Twitter users quickly took to the social media platform to have a right laugh at the expense of the birthday boy:

Result

Incredibly, Palace actually went on to make it 3-0 on the verge of the full-time whistle, as substitute Bakary Sako expertly curled home off the inside of the post from the edge of the box.