Burnley 1 v 2 Leicester City (FA Premier League)
Leicester City arrived at a very wet and windy Turf Moor with the Clarets sitting just two points above the relegation zone, the match was a massive must win for the home side as they battle to stay in the Premier League. The Clarets boss Sean Dyche made one change to the starting line-up with Johann Berg Gudmundsson coming into the team to replace Jeff Hendrick who dropped to the bench.
Leicester City supporters arrived at Turf Moor this afternoon to find a brand new scarfs on their seats. The scarf was a free gift from the club chairman to mark the arrival of manager Brendan Rodgers and a “New Horizon” for the club.
The first talking point of the match came on four minutes as Johann Berg Gudmundsson is played through clear on goal, but is brought down by Harry Maguire who is shown a red card for a professional foul leaving the visitors down to ten men.
From the resulting free-kick, Johann Berg Gudmundsson hits the post with a curling effort, whilst the visitors are forced into their first change of the afternoon with Wes Morgan replacing Demerai Gray.
On sixteen minutes, a big chance for Burnley to assert themselves in this game as Johann Berg Gudmundsson plays a lovely ball in towards Chris Wood. However the New Zealand International heads just wide of Schmeichel’s goal.
Harvey Barnes looks dangerous every time he has the ball and unleashes a powerful shot from an acute angle on the edge of the Burnley box that sails just wide of the mark.
On thirty-three minutes, the visitors took the lead when James Maddison wins a free-kick after he’s brought down by James Tarkowski on the edge of the Burnley box. Maddison took the free-kick and curled the ball into the top corner of Tom Heaton’s goal to make it 1-0 to Leicester City.
On thirty-eight minutes, the Clarets drew level as a cross field pass found Dwight McNeil on the left-wing before playing a neat one-two with Charlie Taylor before firing a low shot past Leicester goalkeeper Kaspar Schmeichel to make it 1-1.
In difficult conditions at Turf Moor, Wes Morgan plays a back pass to Leicester goalkeeper Kaspar Schmeichel who tries to clear but ends up conceding a corner. However the home side squandered the chance to put even more pressure on Leicester with two poor corners to leave the half-time score 1-1.
Burnley started the stronger in the second-half and twice in the opening ten minutes had a sight of Leicester goal. Jack Cork side-footed over the ball over the visitors crossbar on fifty-three minutes following an excellent lay-off from Ashley Barnes.
Then just eight minutes later, with the Clarets setting the tone Ashley Westwood went close as he dragged a shot just wide of the goal as he looked to add another goal to his tally after getting his first against Liverpool a week ago.
It was all Burnley as they banged at the door in their bid to add two more vital points and Taylor, who again kept driving forward impressively from left-back, thought he should have had a penalty when he burst into the box and was clipped by Wilfred Ndidi.
McNeil then flicked a Cork cross over the top as time began to run out and the teenager curled another effort off the top of the bar as Burnley pressed for a winner.
But rather than Burnley take all three points, it was Leicester City who struck at the death to earn a first away victory under new boss Brendan Rodgers as Morgan stayed up following a corner to head in a deflected cross from Youri Tielemans past Tom Heaton in the Clarets goal to make it 1-2.
But with substitute Matej Vydra being denied by Schmeichel and Leicester holding on from a corner which had brought Heaton up to add to the attacking numbers, there was to be no further drama as the Clarets were left too close for comfort to the bottom three.
Speaking after the match manager Sean Dyche said, “I’m obviously very disappointed and it was a strange game in many ways. When a team goes down to ten men so early it can feel strange unless you get a grip of the game straight away and we didn’t.
In the second half we corrected things and had a lot of the play, but those quality moments that you need to win a game weren’t close enough. You have to find those moments and often we question the defensive side of the team, but our attacking players have to find those moments as well. I will say it’s not easy to break down a team that set up 4-4-1.”
Burnley – Heaton, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Westwood, Cork, Gudmundsson, O’Neil, Barnes, Wood (Subs) Hart, Lowton, Gibson, Hendrick, Brady, Crouch, Vydra
Leicester City – Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chiwell, Gray, Tielemans, Ndidi, Barnes, Maddison, Vardy (Subs) Ward, Morgan, Fuchs, Mendy, Ghezzal, Okazaki, Iheanacho
Goals – (Burnley) McNeil (38) (Leicester City) Maddison (33), Morgan (90)
Attendance – 20,719