Clarets pip Leicester to pole position

Leicester City 1-1 Burnley

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Leicester and Burnley had to be content with a point each from a lunchtime game at the KPS, which saw top spot in the Championship change hands twice…

Nigel Pearson made four changes to the side that were beaten at Brighton, with Moore, De Laet, James and Knockaert returning to the starting line-up.
City got off to a flying start and the league-leaders’ goal was peppered with shots. Dyer, James and Drinkwater all had efforts blocked by defenders, with a couple of appeals for handball being ignored by the ref. Then Knockaert fired in a shot that was too hot for Heaton to handle, but he recovered it ahead of any blue shirts.
City got the reward their lively start deserved when former-City defender Mee brought Vardy down in the area. Nugent sent Heaton the wrong way with his spot-kick to put City back on top of the Championship.

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Burnley came close to an equaliser soon afterwards when a glancing header from Ings kissed the left hand post; but City continued to create chances and Nugent’s header from a Dyer cross forced Heaton into a good save.
Vardy then flashed a shot across goal that went inches wide.
Both sides retreated into their shells a little towards the break with little action at either end and City took the lead in with them at the break.

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Sadly, this state of affairs didn’t last long after the restart when Ings got on the end of a Trippier ball that passed through City’s defence to put the Clarets back on top of the league.
Things almost got worse soon after that setback when a sloppy backpass from De Laet sent Vokes clear on goal, but he was denied by a fantastic Schmeichel save.
City were struggling to create much and Pearson made a double change for the last twenty minutes with Taylor-Fletcher and Wasilewski coming on for Nugent and De Laet.
Taylor-Fletcher went close with a clever flick and Vardy didn’t put enough on his header after Dyer did well to tee him up, but the chances dried up and there was no late pressure applied by City.
Neither side had done enough to win the game, but it was disappointing to start a very challenging week with a point after surrendering the lead.
Nigel Pearson reflected: “We missed our chances when we were on top and didn’t work hard enough to stop the cross for their goal. You look at the game in its entirety and it was a good illustration that you have got to score when you are on top.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet (Wasilewski 70), Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Knockaert, James, Drinkwater, Dyer, Nugent (Taylor-Fletcher 70), Vardy (Schlupp 83). Subs Not Used: Hammond, King, Miquel, Logan.
Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Marney, Vokes, Ings, Jones, Kightly (Treacy 72), Arfield. Subs Not Used: Lafferty, Stanislas, Cisak, Edgar, Stock, Long.

Referee: Andy D’Urso. Attendance: 23,143.

All photos: Simon Kimber.

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