Leicester came from behind to maintain their 100% Premier League start against an under-strength Burnley side at the King Power Stadium.
The result lifts Leicester to the top of the Premier League for the first time since they won the title at the end of the 2015-16 season.
It also gave Brendan Rodgers his 100th win as a Premier League manager in his 210th game – Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Kenny Dalglish and Kevin Keegan the only British managers to have reached the landmark in fewer matches.
Chris Wood opened the scoring for Sean Dyche’s side, firing into the bottom left corner after outmuscling home defender James Justin at the far post.
But the Foxes, who enjoyed the majority of possession against opponents who were missing several first-team players, immediately responded with Harvey Barnes’ placed effort drawing them level.
Erik Pieters’ own goal put the hosts ahead after the break with Justin doubling their advantage.
Top-flight debutant Jimmy Dunne raised hopes of a Burnley recovery when he headed in Dwight McNeil’s left-wing delivery, but Dennis Praet’s superb 20-yard strike into the top-right corner put the gloss on Leicester’s win.
Depleted Burnley fight to the end
Dyche has repeatedly talked about the need for Burnley to add to their squad since top-flight football returned in June and conceded that they would be “stretched to the limit” for this fixture.
And although he will be disappointed by the outcome and the unfortunate manner in which they fell behind, Pieters inadvertently deflecting Timothy Castagne’s cross past Nick Pope, he would have been delighted by the application of his depleted team.
Already without five first-choice players and at the physical disadvantage of having not played last weekend, the Clarets’ task was made harder when midfielder Robbie Brady went off with a rib injury during the first half.
But there were plenty of positives, with Dyche’s side managing more efforts on goal than the hosts and threatening to set up a tense finale when Wood hit the post late on.
Dunne, 22, also acquitted himself well in the absence of Ben Mee and James Tarkowksi at the heart of the Burnley defence, his eight clearances more than any other player on the pitch.
More to follow.
- 24MendyBooked at 25mins
- 17PérezSubstituted forMaddisonat 62′minutes
- 26PraetSubstituted forAlbrightonat 83′minutes
- 15BarnesSubstituted forMorganat 90+1′minutes
- 26BardsleyBooked at 90mins
- 12BradySubstituted forPietersat 40′minutes
- 19RodriguezBooked at 8minsSubstituted forVydraat 70′minutes
Match ends, Leicester City 4, Burnley 2.
Second Half ends, Leicester City 4, Burnley 2.
Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jimmy Dunne.
Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Dwight McNeil (Burnley).
Substitution, Leicester City. Wes Morgan replaces Harvey Barnes.
Phil Bardsley (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.
Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Phil Bardsley (Burnley).
Attempt missed. Phil Bardsley (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Brownhill.
Attempt blocked. Matej Vydra (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Chris Wood (Burnley) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Matej Vydra.
Attempt missed. Phil Bardsley (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Çaglar Söyüncü.
Attempt blocked. Matej Vydra (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Brownhill.
Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Foul by James Justin (Leicester City).
Phil Bardsley (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).
Jimmy Dunne (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.