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Ten man Leicester snatch victory at Burnley

Burnley 1:2 Leicester City

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A late goal from Wes Morgan earned a win for City at Turf Moor on Saturday, despite the dismissal of Harry Maguire in only the fourth minute…

Brendan Rodgers named an unchanged side for this trip to a wet and windy Turf Moor, but soon had to revise his plans.
After an early spell of pressure for City, that saw Ricardo’s shot blocked and Tielemans flash a ball across goal that Vardy couldn’t quite reach, City found themselves reduced to ten men.
Burnley broke upfield and Gudmundsson went clear on goal before the pursuing Maguire accidentally clipped his heels. There was no argument against a red card with Maguire being the last man and he trooped off disconsolately. Further disaster was averted when Schmeichel touched Gudmundsson’s free-kick onto the bar, despite having to adjust to it taking a deflection off the wall.
Rodgers brought Morgan on for the unfortunate Gray, to restore City’s back-line in the 6th minute.
Gudmundsson then went on a run into the area and looked to have set up Wood for a tap-in but Ndidi managed to rob him with a fine challenge. As Burnley, in desperate need of a win, continued to press forward Gudmundsson crossed from the right, but Wood sent his header wide from a good position.
City then had good spell, with Maddison pulling the strings and exploiting the gap between Burnley’s defence and midfield. Barnes had a shot blocked, Ndidi’s header was deflected wide and then Barnes sent a ball across the goalmouth but Vardy hadn’t made a run.
City then delighted the visiting fans, taking a 33rd minute lead. Maddison was brought down by Tarkowski on the edge of the area and delivered a superb free-kick over the wall and into the top left hand corner. Michael Oliver had no choice but to book him for removing his shirt to reveal a tribute to his friend Sophie Taylor who passed away in January.
City could have gone two up five minutes later when Heaton saved from Vardy, but play swept upfield and Burnley levelled. Taylor had plenty of room down the left to cut the ball back to McNeil who arrowed a low shot across Schmeichel and into the net.
Burnley kept the pressure on for the rest of the half and City were glad to hear the half-time whistle.

City had the first chance of the second half when Vardy skipped past a challenge down the left and sent in a low cross that Barnes prodded wide. But chances were scarce after that as Burnley took control of the game.
Although they didn’t create many clear chances there were a series of penalty appeals, some more valid than others. Wood sent a volley at Evans’ arm from six inches, before Cork sent the rebound sailing over the bar.
Chilwell then clattered Maddison as they both went to head the same ball. Maddison played on after treatment but soon made way for Fuchs.
McNeil then crossed from the left but somehow Wood sent the ball over the bar from five yards out, his blushes spared by the linesman’s flag.
Tielemans curved a threatening free-kick into the area but no blue shirt had read it. It is a good weapon in his armoury and should produce results when the strikers get tuned into it.
It was a rare foray forward by City and Burnley were soon yelling for another penalty. Taylor cut into the area from the left, Ndidi caught him on the thigh sending him over and, to the outrage of the home support, Michael Oliver awarded a goal kick.
Rodgers made his third change in the 76th minute, bringing Mendy on for Barnes.
Two minutes later there was another big penalty shout when the ball appeared to hit Morgan on the arm in an aerial challenge with Crouch.
Fuchs and Crouch then had a wrestling match in the area, but Oliver ignored the increasingly frantic penalty appeals and awarded a free-kick to City.
McNeil then sent a shot from the edge of the area whistling over the bar.
Play was entirely in City’s half by this stage, and the ten men were clinging to their point in the wind and rain. But the game had a twist in its tail…
In the 90th minute City at last managed to get out of their own half and won a corner.
Tielemans flag-kick was nodded clear only as far as Ricardo who fed it back to Tielemans. The Belgian hung a cross over to the far post and Morgan nodded it home from close range.
The away end went mad, but there was still a bit to do in four minutes of time-added-on. A Burnley move ended with Vydra in a one-on-one with Schmeichel, but the City keeper managed a fine block from close range and City had the points.

It had been an immense display after the early set-back and Brendan Rodgers was delighted… “Everyone knows how tough it is to come here with 11 men but to play almost the whole game with 10. We actually started quite bright in that opening five minutes, but to lose a man and dig in like we did it was an incredible performance of resilience. You have to fight, you have to be resilient and you have to be persistent and when the chances come you’ve got to take them. A fantastic three points.”

Burnley: Heaton, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson (Brady 79), Westwood, Cork, McNeil (Vydra 90), Wood (Crouch 70), Barnes.
Substitutes: Lowton, Hendrick, Gibson, Hart.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi, Gray (Morgan 6), Tielemans, Maddison (Fuchs 64), Barnes (Mendy 77), Vardy.
Substitutes: Iheanacho, Ward, Okazaki, Ghezzal.

Referee: Michael Oliver. Attendance: 20,719.

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Leicester caught cold at Turf Moor

Burnley 2:1 Leicester City

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City’s Europa League hopes all but dissolved at Turf Moor on Saturday, with Burnley going 2-0 up within nine minutes…

Claude Puel made three changes to his side, with Choudhury handed his first Premier League start, and Gray and Okazaki in for Diabaté and Albrighton.
But City appeared to miss the starting pistol, and went behind in the 6th minute.
Morgan gifted a clearance to Barnes, who sent Wood through on the left. Although Schmeichel saved his first shot, he could nothing about the second from the rebound.
The afternoon got worse for City three minutes later. Although Wood was fortunate to win a corner that deflected off his foot, City’s defending from the flag kick was woeful.    Gudmundsson delivered it from the right, Schmeichel was blocked as he tried to collect, and Long rose unopposed at the far post to nod home.
City’s first meaningful attack came in the 14th minute, though Mahrez ignored Gray’s run into space on the left and his shot deflected up for an easy take for Pope.
Simpson then did well to intercept a cross heading for Wood at the far post as the Clarets threatened to put the game out of reach.
As the half wore on, City managed to get their passing game together and dominated possession. Chilwell capped a strong run down the left with a good cross for Vardy, but it reached him at an awkward height and his downward header was cleared. Then Gray floated over a cross which was met with a firm header from Mahrez, but it went straight at Pope.
The last action of the half saw City awarded a free kick for a foul on Okazaki 25 yards out. Mahrez got it over the wall well but skimmed the right hand post.

Iheanacho replaced Okazaki for the second half as City tried to find a way back into the game. Although Gudmundsson fired a long range effort narrowly over the bar, it was mostly one-way traffic towards to the Burnley goal.
On the hour, Silva threaded a ball though to Vardy but he didn’t catch his shot right, allowing Pope to save low to his right.
Gray made way for Diabate in the 64th minute and City continued to press forward.
Maguire’s header from a corner just eluded Vardy at the far post.
As Burnley broke upfield there was a double penalty appeal as the ball hit Chilwell’s arm and then Iheanacho brought Lennon down, but Martin Atkinson waved play on.
City finally made the breakthrough in the 72nd minute. A sweeping move upfield saw Iheanacho feed Vardy in on the right and he lashed his shot across Pope and into the roof of the net.
Three minutes later Diabaté’s cross from the left saw Long get the slightest touch in front of goal to take it away from the onrushing Vardy.
In the 81st minute Simpson dithered on the ball and his pass back to Schmeichel saw the City keeper clattered by Barnes. The Burnley man got a yellow card and Schmeichel had to limp off, replaced by Hamer, five minutes later.
In the meantime a Maguire header from a corner was scrambled away by the Clarets’ defence.
Vardy managed a header straight at Pope, as City mounted more desperate attempts on goal, but Burnley stood firm to open up the points gap to 9 points and have their fans checking their passports.
It wasn’t a bad performance from City for at least an hour, but that terrible start had left them with too much to do.

Claude Puel commented: “From the beginning we made things easy for the opposition. Of course I was impressed because there was good concentration before the game and good duels at the beginning and it was close with the other team, but to concede two goals quickly, it was difficult to accept. We have had a lot of chances and it is a big disappointment of course because I think we deserved another result. It was not a fair result.”

Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Long, Tarkowski, Ward, Lennon, Cork, Westwood, Berg Gudmundsson, Barnes (Vokes 85), Wood (Hendrick 75).
Substitutes: Heaton, Taylor, Marney, Vokes, Hendrick, Wells, Bardsley.
Leicester: Schmeichel (Hamer 86), Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, Choudhury, Silva, Gray
(Diabaté 64), 
Okazaki (Iheanacho 45), Vardy.
Substitutes: Iheanacho, Albrighton, Hamer, Dragovic, Fuchs, Barnes, Diabaté.
Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 21,727.


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Leicester fears grow as Burnley are handed a late winner

Burnley 1:0 Leicester City


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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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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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City Turned Over at Turf Moor

Burnley 3:0 Leicester City

Paulo Sousa’s side put in a poor performance at Turf Moor on Saturday with Burnley never having to move out of third gear to register a 3-0 win…
Sousa made one change to his side with N’Guessan in for Dyer, and neither Dyer or Fryatt were included in the squad, despite no injuries being reported.
City got off to a lively start and should have taken a lead inside the first minute, but Jensen denied N’Guessan when the Frenchman should have found the net with his low shot, having been sent through by Berner.
Burnley had the ball in the net in the 5th minute but Bikey’s header from a Wallace corner was ruled out for an earlier infringement.
In the 18th minute City spurned another chance to take the lead when Campbell latched on to a Howard nod on, but skied his shot over the bar from close in.
The rest of the half saw little action at either end, until the home side enjoyed a major slice of luck in injury time. A long range, speculative effort from Wallace hit Moreno on the back and span beyond the reach of Logan, who’d replaced the injured Weale three minutes earlier, and into the net.
City failed to make any impact after the break, with the midfield cylinders not firing at all, and Burnley added a second in the 62nd minute.  Wallace was allowed plenty of room to deliver a cross from the left and Hobbs misjudged the flight of the ball allowing Iwelumo a comfortable header at the far post.
Twelve minutes later it was all over when one substitute, Lamey, needlessly tripped another, Eagles, in the area. Alexander never misses from the spot and made it 3-0 in his 900th career game.
Substitute Moussa sent a late chance over the bar, but the game had been lost long before that.

The league table showed City at rock bottom, still looking for their first league win of the season.
Paulo Sousa claimed that small mistakes had cost City, and it was difficult for them to react to going a goal down.
What we saw was a poor performance in which too many players had an off day.

Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Fox, Carlisle, Bikey, Alexander, Wallace (Eagles 66), Marney (Cork 66), Elliott, Paterson, Iwelumo (Thompson 76). Subs Not Used: Cort, Rodriguez, McDonald, Grant.
Leicester: Weale (Logan 43), Berner, Hobbs, Neilson (Lamey 57), King, Oakley (Moussa 80), Teixeira, Wellens, Campbell, N’Guessan, Howard. Subs Not Used: Kennedy, Gallagher, Morrison, Crncic.

 Referee: G Eltringham (Sunderland). Attendance: 15,516.

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