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Leicester fears grow as Burnley are handed a late winner

Burnley 1:0 Leicester City

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City took a big step towards the relegation zone on Tuesday night, when a controversial late goal saw them lose 1-0 to Burnley at Turf Moor…

Claudio Ranieri made three changes to his starting XI for this rainy night in Lancashire, bringing in Mahrez, Ndidi and Gray.
City had the better of the opening ten minutes, with Burnley having to defend threats from Gray and Mahrez, but the Clarets soon began to take charge.
Barnes went close a couple of times, before the impressive Gray hit the sidenetting of Schmeichel’s goal from an angle.

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Vardy had one chance on the break, but could make nothing of it, while Barton attempted a couple of long range efforts – one well wide, and one skimming the roof of the netting.
The home crowd were then angered by a push in the back by Drinkwater on Keane, as the centre-half shaped to nod in an easy header from close range.
In a rare chance for City, Morgan headed an Albrighton free-kick over the bar and the sides went in goalless at the break.

Burnley dominated the second half, with City’s passing awry and no clear plan of a route to goal, other than pumping the ball up the field.
Barton flashed an effort narrowly wide, Arfield also went close, and Gray forced a good save from Schmeichel.
City broke upfield and Mahrez cut inside his marker from the right and delivered a shot that stung Heaton’s palms; but Vardy didn’t seize on the rebound swiftly enough and the England keeper blocked his effort.
The pair tangled on the edge of the area soon afterwards, but Vardy’s hanging leg to find contact didn’t fool Mike Dean and the penalty appeals were waved away.

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The pressure on City’s defence stepped up and it was all hands to the pump as fierce shots from Gray and Keane were blocked by blue shirts and Mee sent a header narrowly over.
Ranieri had brought Musa and Okazaki on for Gray and Albrighton, but they couldn’t turn the tide and City were struggling to gain any possession as Burnley looked to continue their impressive home record.

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Schmeichel made a fine save to deny Gray, but the resistance ended in the 87th minute.
A corner from the right was nodded down into a crowded goalmouth by Keane, and Vokes clearly handled the ball before firing into the net from three yards out.
Despite heated protests from the City players, the goal was given.

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Some late pressure from City, with Schmeichel coming up for a series of corners, came to nothing, and the Champions had lost their third league game in a row.
To make matters worse, wins for Palace and Swansea now saw City just two points above the relegation zone.

Claudio Ranieri commented: “Today was a battle and we battled, face to face. Only the bad decision of the referee… and then, what can we say? Sometimes it is a good decision for us, sometimes it is a bad decision. It is football and we can say only, ‘go back and work more.'”

Burnley: Heaton, Barnes (Vokes 79), Lowton, Ward, Barton, Boyd, Defour (Arfield 34), Gray, Hendrick, Mee, Keane. Subs Not Used: Robinson, Darikwa, Flanagan, Gudmundsson.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton (Okazaki 76), Mahrez, Gray (Musa 67), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Zieler, Chilwell, Benalouane, Mendy, King.

Referee: M Dean. Attendance: 19,202.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber

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Slimani double as Leicester bury Burnley

Leicester City 3:0 Burnley

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City looked to be back to last season’s form with a convincing 3-0 win at home to Burnley on Saturday, with Islam Slimani scoring twice on his Premier League debut…

Claudio Ranieri made two changes to the side that started in Bruges, with Zieler in for Schmeichel (who had suffered concussion in training), and Simpson reclaiming the right-back berth.
Although City were in control of the game for long periods, the challenge was to get through a well organised Burnley defence.
There were early half chances for Albrighton and Vardy, before Mahrez went on a superb run down the right and cut in only to be denied by Heaton’s knee.
For all City’s dominance it was the Clarets who should have taken a 36th minute lead when an unmarked Defour had the goal at his mercy but directed his downward header straight into the arms of Zieler.
City turned up the heat towards the break. Fuchs found Mahrez with a cross from the left, but his header went narrowly wide of the post.
Then Vardy fed Slimani, in a new partnership that you could see clicking into gear, but the Algerian’s shot went straight at Heaton.
Just when it looked as though the teams would go down the tunnel on level terms, City took the lead in time added on.
Albrighton was fouled by Lowton on the left, Fuchs delivered a superb free-kick into the area and Slimani evaded his marker before sending a thumping header past Heaton.

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Sean Dyche’s side were to suffer another setback just two minutes after the restart.
The marauding Mahrez, in frightening form, delivered a cross from the right and Vardy produced a clever back-heeled flick to set up Slimani for another headed goal.
City, now in irresistible form pressed forward in search of a third.
Albrighton forced a save from Heaton and Mahrez had a shot deflected over.
City players were queuing up to fire in shots from the resulting corner with Mahrez, Armetey and Fuchs all having shots blocked or deflected.

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The third goal arrived in the 78th minute. Mahrez waltzed round Ward down the right and former-City defender Mee jabbed the cross into his own net at the near post.
With the game won, the under-employed Zieler then had to work to preserve City’s clean sheet. A deflected Berg-Gudmundsson free-kick saw the German keeper having to making a quick change of direction to save.

A week that had not started well at Liverpool ended with a second consecutive 3-0 win and a performance that suggested that City will be a force to be reckoned with once again this season.
Claudio Ranieri was pleased with his new striker: “It was good for Slimani and good for everyone. It was a very good performance but he also linked very well with his team-mates. Very well. He pressed so hard during all the match. We brought him for all these characteristics.”

Leicester: Zieler, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Drinkwater (King 78), Amartey, Albrighton, Mahrez (Gray 85), Slimani, Vardy. Subs Not Used: Hamer, Hernández, Musa, Okazaki, Ulloa.
Burnley: Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Gray, Marney, Hendrick, Defour (Vokes 64), Boyd, Ward, Arfield (Berg-Gudmundsson 57). Subs Not Used: Flanagan, Kightly, Bamford, Robinson, Tarkowski.

Referee: Anthony Taylor. Attendance: 31,916.

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Leicester extract three points from Turf Moor

Burnley 0:1 Leicester City

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Four wins from four games took City out of the relegation zone after they edged a tense encounter at Burnley, which turned on two events a minute apart…

Nigel Pearson made two changes to his side for this vital Premier League basement meeting, with Drinkwater and Konchesky in the starting XI.
Understandably, given the circumstances, it was a very tight and tense game and the first half saw hardly any chances created. The only noteworthy effort came just after the half hour when Trippier’s corner saw Duff tee up Taylor for a shot over his own shoulder, but Schmeichel was well-placed to block it.
The teams went down the tunnel goal-less which suited City more than it did the home side.
City had the first opportunity in the second half when Huth was brought down  on the edge of the area, but Heaton wasn’t called into action by Cambiasso’s free-kick which cleared the bar by a couple of yards.
The Clarets responded with a chance of their own, a Duff header being headed clear by Ulloa.
All the true drama of the game then arrived in one minute just before the hour mark.
After Schmeichel pulled off a fine reaction save from Ings Konchesky pursued the loose ball but caught Taylor as the Burnley player overtook him. Taylor himself took the spot kick but slipped and hit the outside of the right hand post for a huge let off for City.
The Leicester fans were still celebrating this miss when play moved to the other end. Albrighton sent in a cross from the  right which Duff got a touch to, but Heaton only just managed to keep out before Vardy raced in to net from point blank range.
Pearson brought on Kramarić for Ulloa and De Laet for Albrighton, as City dug in to defend a priceless lead.
The closest the Clarets got to a reply saw Schmeichel make another fine save to keep out a deflected Mee shot.
A solid defensive display ensured that City earned all three points and the miracle was still on.
Four wins from four games, for the first time in the top flight since 1966, took City out of the relegation zone…

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shakell, Mee, Boyd (Wallace 70), Jones, Arfield, Taylor (Kightly 86), Ings, Jutkiewicz (Sordell 70). Subs Not Used: Gilks, Keane, Ward, Ulvestad.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Wasilewski, Huth, Morgan, Albrighton (De Laet 70), King, Cambiasso, Drinkwater (James 77), Konchesky, Vardy, Ulloa (Kramric 65). Subs Not Used: Upson, Mahrez, Schwarzer, Wood.

Referee: Mr. A. Taylor. Attendance: 19,582.

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Clarets’ late strike sees Leicester drop points

Leicester City 2:2 Burnley

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Bottom-placed Burnley earned a point at the King Power Stadium on Saturday with Wallace’s free-kick levelling the game at 2-2 deep into injury time…

Nigel Pearson made two changes to the starting line-up that lost at Palace, with Mahrez and Schlupp in for Cambiasso and Nugent.
After Jutkiewicz missed the target with an early chance,  City had the lion’s share of possession against a Burnley side that looked low on confidence. A Drinkwater effort failed to test Heaton and a Vardy effort was blocked.
Mahrez was City’s best player in an often frustrating first half and one lovely run took him past two defenders but his shot lacked the power to beat Heaton.

A Mahrez corner was then deflected to Moore but his snapshot went narrowly wide.

Schmeichel then fielded a Barnes shot from range.
City then took a 33rd minute lead, Mahrez making it look easy on the right, feeding a ball into the centre for Schlupp to fire home.
However, this lead only lasted for 6 minutes as the City defence went AWOL. A ball into the six yard area was nodded down by Jutkiewicz and Kightly stabbed it past Schmeichel with very little blue-shirted resistance.
Perhaps a little heady at scoring their first goal in over ten hours Burnley then let City back in to regain the lead before halftime.
In the 41st minute a Vardy cross from the left was deflected up off the leg of a Clarets defender into the path of Mahrez who nodded home at the far post.
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City struggled to impose themselves on the visitors in the second half, and Sean Dyche’s men created a couple of chances.
Jutkiewicz went close with a header, and then Schmeichel had to be very alert to charge out of his area and beat Sordell to a through ball.
Pearson shffled his pack, bringing Nugent, Knockaert and James on for Ulloa, Mahrez and Hammond, but still City were unable to take charge.
Vardy was denied a couple of times when he looked set to burst through the middle, and then Heaton produced a great save to deny Moore after he got a firm header to a Knockaert flag kick.
After lengthy treatment for Trippier who had to be stetchered off, the game entered a sixth minute of time-added on when a James foul earned Burnley a free-kick on the edge of the area.
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Wallace appeared to be offered a good portion of the goal by Schmeichel’s position and he duly took it, sending his free-kick over the wall and into the net.
One last rally by City came to nought and they had to settle for a point when three had looked to be there for the taking.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan, Hammond (James 78), Vardy, Schlupp, Moore, Ulloa (Nugent 63), Mahrez (Knockaert 72). Subs Not Used: Hamer, King, Wasilewski, Wood.
GOALS: Schlupp 33, Mahrez 41 
Burnley: Heaton, Trippier (Keane 86), Shackell, Duff, Mee, Kightly (Wallace 78), Arfield, Boyd (Sordell 67), Ward, Barnes, Jutkiewicz. Subs Not Used: Gilks, Lafferty, Long, Hewitt.
GOALS: Kightly 39, Wallace 90 
Referee: Philip Dowd. Attendance: 31,448.
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Leicester looking like Champions at Burnley

Burnley 0:2 Leicester City

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City moved a big stride closer to promotion on at Turf Moor on Saturday, with a convincing 2-0 over second placed Burnley.

An unchanged City side enjoyed a bright start to the game, and injury-hit Burnley suffered a set-back as early as the 8th minute when Vokes had to limp out of the action.
Schmeichel then had to be alert to come out and meet Stanislas after he was sent in on goal.
Drinkwater then saw a well-struck volley blocked by Shackell.
Vardy then broke dangerously but eventually the attentions of three defenders and a perhaps a tug on the sleeve denied him the opener.
In the 34th minute Vardy then had to go off with an injury, but his replacement Wood was son setting up Nugent for the opener.
Nugent strode forward before cutting in and delivering a perfect swerving shot beyond the reach of Heaton and into the bottom left hand corner.
It was a vital goal in a tight encounter and City went in with the lead at half-time after Kightly put one over the bar for the Clarets.

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Knockaert, set up by Mahrez, sent a 25 yarder against bar, while Schmeichel did well to block an Arfield effort at the other end.
City were looking very good at this stage, with Wood, Knockaert and Schlupp all going close, before Taylor-Fletcher replaced Nugent up front.
Although Burnley desperately tried to press forward and preserve their unbeaten home record it was City who got the vital second goal with 12 minutes to go.  Wood latched on to a hopeful punt forward from Knockaert and outmuscled Duff before sending a delightful half-volley soaring over Heaton and into the net in front of over 3,000 travelling fans.
The party started, and everything about this City side says, not just promotion, but Champions.

Burnley: Heaton, Baird, Shackell, Duff, Mee, Stanislas (Wallace 62), Arfield, Jones, Kightly (Treacy 79), Barnes, Vokes (Edgar 8). Subs Not Used: Cisak, Long, Treacy, Lafferty, Stock.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Wasilewski, Schlupp, Knockaert, James, Drinkwater, Mahrez (Hammond 87), Nugent (Taylor-Fletcher 72), Vardy (Wood 34). Subs Not Used: King, Dyer, Moore, Logan.

Referee: Chris Foy. Attendance: 16,794.

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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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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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