London - Burnley were full value for an early 2-0 lead but were
forced back by a resilient Leicester City who pulled a goal back, though the
three points went to Sean Dyche's men in Saturday's Premier League clash at
The home side took an early 2-0 advantage through Chris Wood
and Kevin Long inside the opening 10 minutes.
The visitors missed some golden opportunities but eventually
managed a consolation when Jamie Vardy scored in the second half.
The home side exploded out of the blocks and would soon take
the advantage in the sixth minute through New Zealand international striker
After getting behind the visitors' defence, he saw his first
strike saved by Kasper Schmeichel but was alert enough to gather the rebound
and slot home from the angle.
Three minutes later Clarets fans were in dreamland as
defender Long got on the end of Johann Berg Gudmundsson's delivery to the far
post, before he leapt highest and powered home a header past Schmeichel.
Leicester responded and started to enjoy some joy from the
wide positions. Just after the half-an-hour mark, Demarai Gray picked out a
superb cross to the far post which Riyad Mahrez got on the end of, but with
just Nick Pope to beat from five yards, he headed straight at the goalkeeper.
It was from the same avenue from the flanks that another
chance arrived in the 45th minute as this time it was the prolific Vardy's turn
to miss a sitter. When Harry Maguire raided forward, his cross picked out the
England star but he sent his header straight at Pope once again.
After the break, the Foxes started to show real intent and
the home team were indebted to Pope when Vardy was picked out by Adrien Silva,
though the striker was denied by a fine save by the shot-stopper who got down
well to turn his effort past the post.
With just over 20 minutes to go the hosts had the
opportunity to seal the points as Matt Barnes latched on to a loose ball, but
he send his strike just inches wide of the post with Schmeichel seemingly
Nonetheless, it was largely one-way traffic in the second
stanza and in the 72nd minute City got their just reward when Vardy was on hand
to convert. Nigeria forward Kelechi Iheanacho set the 31-year-old free on goal
and he rifled the ball home with confidence.
There were few other alarm bells in the closing stages as
Burnley hung on to record the victory which was their fifth in a row in the
English top flight.