City Overcome Non-Vintage Clarets…

Leicester City 2:1 Burnley City made hard work of beating an average-looking Burnley side, but got there in the end with a 2-1 win at the KPS on Wednesday night… Nigel Pearson made three changes to the side that lost at Wolves with St Ledger, Knockeart and James in for Moore, Dyer and King. Having made all the early running in front of a sparse crowd City fell behind to Burnley’s first attempt on goal in the 10th minute. Paterson’s cut back was fired home by Marney, who actually managed to break the goal-rigging, the restart being held up by a couple of minutes. City’s response didn’t overly trouble the visitors. Marshall and Knockeart forced Grant into regulations saves from distance, and Nugent got a little closer with his effort skimming the crossbar. Otherwise it was a poor half for City and they were resoundingly booed off at the half time whistle. Things improved in the second half with Knockeart given a roaming brief, and City quickly equalised. A throw from Marshall saw Vardy tee up Nugent  who found the net with an untidy finish. Having waited eleven games for his 100th career goal, he didn’t care. Ten minutes later City went ahead, although again it wasn’t the crispest connection.
Vardy ran onto a ball down the right from Knockeart and fired in a shot which took a deflection off Shackell that carried the ball over Grant and in at the far post.
City failed to find a third that would have made life more comfortable, with Marshall, and subs Waghorn and Dyer all wasting chances, and a late Burnley revival almost brought them a point. But Shackell hit the post and Schmeichel pulled off a fine save to deny Vokes.
The final whistle saw City’s 100% record at home still intact and a rise up the table to one point away from the play-off positions.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, St Ledger, Konchesky, Knockaert, Drinkwater, James, Marshall (Dyer 75), Nugent (Futacs 89), Vardy (Waghorn 75). Unused Subs: Whitbread, Danns, Logan, Beckford.
Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Edgar, Shackell, Mills (Wallace 75), Marney, Stock (Mee 61), McCann, Stanislas, Paterson (Vokes 61), Stewart. Unused Subs: Jensen, O’Neill, Bartley, Hewitt.
Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Attendance: 18,480.

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