Leicester slip up again as Burnley earn valuable win

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy walks around the pitch before the match

Brendan Rodgers' team started well enough here but in the second half in particular found Nick Pope in the Burnley goal an unbreachable last line of defence.

Chris Wood levelled in the 56th minute, Nick Pope then saved a Jamie Vardy penalty, and then Ashley Westwood netted the victor with just over 10 minutes remaining.

You would have expected Leicester to kick on from there, but Burnley restricted their passing game as Jack Cork and Westwood did a fine job at restricting the risky James Maddison.

'Ben's obviously been a little exhausted anyway of late, played a lot of games, so we took him out, and him and Hamza missed an important session for us, so that's why they weren't in the squad'.

Having seen Ayoze Perez head just over in first-half stoppage time, the visitors began the second half with their best move of the game as Maddison and Barnes combined to play in Praet, who saw his sweeping shot well saved by a diving Pope. Lost in transition, in the modern parlance. Burnley were appealing for a foul when Dennis Praet slid in on Jack Cork but Barnes did not hesitate as he scooped up the ball and skipped forward before firing past Pope.

With what remained of the Burnley defence retreating it was a relatively straightforward task for the winger to take the ball round Ben Mee and shoot past Pope.

When the second half commenced it produced enough goalmouth action in the first few minutes to banish memories of a rather featureless first half.

Chris Wood wheels away to acknowledge the Burnley fans.

Rodgers' side had a golden opportunity to retake the lead when Mee's foul on Barnes gave them a penalty.

Pope denied Vardy again in the 78th after he ran onto a neat pass from substitute Kelechi Iheanacho, and Burnley completed the turnaround moments later.

Charlie Taylor's cross wasn't cleared by Jonny Evans and Westwood pounced with a close-range finish that left Leicester shell-shocked.

For showing more fight and objective than their opponents in the second half it was probably what Burnley deserved, though without Pope's penalty save it might all have been very different.



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