Leicester City 4:0 Burnley
The new, state-of-the-art screens at Filbert Way were put to good use on Saturday, replaying all four goals as City ran rampant against Burnley…
With Naughton unwell and Bruma suspended Sven Goran Eriksson drafted Vitor and Mee into his defence, while Diomansy Kamara made his home debut.
It only took Kamara 23 minutes to find the net, and give City a lead they never looked like surrendering.
Kamara made twenty yards through the middle before finding Yakubu, and then nipping the ball off his toe before slotting the ball under Jensen.
Kamara was outstanding for City causing Burnley plenty of problems though the game became a little pedestrian towards half-time with chances scarce for both sides.
In the second half Kamara kick-started City back into life… in the 52nd minute the Fulham loanee raced onto a Gallagher ball into the penalty area, being brought down by Bikey for an obvious penalty. Gallagher’s spot kick was a little too near Jensen for comfort but was so solidly struck that it forced a way through his grasp.
After Yakubu and King had threatened, City’s third goal arrived in the 69th minute when Gallagher was not closed down quickly enough and fired home a 30 yarder low to Jensen’s right.
With the game won, Yakubu, Kamara (to a standing ovation) and Oakley were withdrawn for Abe, Howard and Vassell.
But City were not done yet and in the 81st minute Van Aanholt, cutting in from the left, combined beautifully with King before clipping a precise curling shot beyond Jensen’s reach and just inside the right hand post. It looked even better on the big screens as fans and players enjoyed it again.
City were rampant now and Vassell teed up Wellens for a volley which hit the bar and Jensen saved well from Gallagher.
It was a fantastic performance that still gave City an outside chance of a play-off place, but left Sven puzzled as to why they couldn’t produce that level of performance more often: “It was a top-class performance from everyone, including the three subs. Everyone did fantastic. But we should be playing like this more often, and that makes me angry. Today we were focused. There were no mistakes, we were patient after going 1-0 in keeping the ball – top, top class. But the players we have, and the team we have – we should do it more often.”
Leicester: Weale, Bamba, Vitor, Mee, Van Aanholt, King, Oakley (Abe 79), Wellens, Kamara (Howard 73), Yakubu (Vassell 73), Gallagher. Subs Not Used: Ricardo, Dyer, Berner, Moreno.
Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Duff, Bikey, Easton, Marney, Eagles, Elliott (Thompson 73), Iwelumo (Wallace 73), Rodriguez (Alexander 86), Delfouneso. Subs Not Used: Duffy, Carlisle, Edgar, Grant.
Referee: P Dowd (Staffs). Attendance: 24,039.