Foxes fight back to maintain 100% start


Highlights: Praet scores pick of the goals as Leicester beat Burnley 4-2

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 in 2015-16.

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.

Barnes impresses for hosts

While Burnley’s determination and desire was admirable, in the end it proved no match for Leicester’s fluid attacking play and extra sharpness.

The home side controlled the ball throughout with Barnes and Belgian midfielder Praet coming to the fore on the left of midfield.

Whether it was going directly up against Burnley right-back Phil Bardsley or moving intelligently into infield positions, Barnes’ movement and pace was a key ingredient of Leicester’s attacking play.

His placed effort to equalise was a show of composure as Burnley defenders reacted to Castagne’s cut-back.

And he forced a wonderful save from Pope at the end of a teasing run in off the left wing that Bardsley could do little to prevent.

The England U21 international had more shots (five) than any other Leicester player but his final contribution of the evening was significant one in another way, as he skipped away from three defenders to pick out Praet who did the rest with a sublime effort.

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.

‘Barnes was outstanding’ – what they said

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers speaking to BBC Match of the Day: “Burnley are a very difficult side to play against. They went ahead but we kept attacking the game and looked very good going forward.

“We are a bit patched up at the back but Wilfred Ndidi was incredible stepping in there from midfield.

“When it gets to 3-2 you have to stay calm and believe in your quality, see it through and we managed to do that.

“Harvey Barnes was outstanding tonight, he keeps on getting into areas you want him to and is a big talent.”

Burnley manager Sean Dyche speaking to BBC Match of the Day: “I’m pleased with a lot of aspects of our performance, but obviously you don’t want to concede four goals.

“It was a really strange game. We had as many open chances as they did, but we’ve only managed to take two of ours.

“I’ve always marvelled at the spirit in the group. We don’t go over easy and we were still creating chances at the end. That is something that has served us well in the Premier League.”

Burnley’s own goal misery – the stats

  • Leicester have won their first two games of a Premier League campaign for the first time since their title-winning campaign of 2015-16, while this is the first time they will end the day top of the Premier League since the final day of that season.
  • Burnley have lost consecutive Premier League games for the first time since January – prior to these two defeats, the Clarets had only lost one of their previous 15 in the competition (W8 D6).
  • Leicester midfielder Harvey Barnes has been directly involved in five goals in his past three Premier League games against Burnley (two goals and three assists).
  • James Justin scored his first league goal for Leicester, with this his first league goal in 41 appearances since netting for Luton against Bradford City in League One in November 2018.
  • Jimmy Dunne is the first player from the Republic of Ireland to score on his Premier League debut since Wes Hoolahan in August 2011. Aged 22 years 337 days, Dunne is now also Burnley’s youngest debutant scorer in the competition.
  • Burnley striker Chris Wood has netted four goals in seven Premier League appearances against former club Leicester – only against West Ham (6) has he scored more in the competition.
  • Erik Pieters’ own goal was Burnley’s sixth in the Premier League since the start of the 2018-19 season, the most of any current team in the competition in this period.

What’s next?

Leicester host Arsenal in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday 23 September (19:45 BST) before returning to Premier League action at Manchester City on Sunday 27 September (16:30 BST).

Burnley are also in EFL Cup action at Millwall on Wednesday 23 September (19:00 BST) prior to welcoming Southampton to Turf Moor in the Premier League on Saturday 26 September (20:00 BST).

Player of the match

BarnesHarvey Barnes

Leicester City

  1. Squad number15Player nameBarnes

  2. Squad number27Player nameCastagne

  3. Squad number26Player namePraet

  4. Squad number8Player nameTielemans

  5. Squad number9Player nameVardy

  6. Squad number4Player nameSöyüncü

  7. Squad number25Player nameWilfred Ndidi

  8. Squad number2Player nameJustin

  9. Squad number24Player nameMendy

  10. Squad number10Player nameMaddison

  11. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel

  12. Squad number17Player nameAyoze Pérez

  13. Squad number11Player nameAlbrighton

  14. Squad number5Player nameMorgan

Burnley

  1. Squad number9Player nameWood

  2. Squad number34Player nameDunne

  3. Squad number1Player namePope

  4. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil

  5. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

  6. Squad number19Player nameRodriguez

  7. Squad number28Player nameLong

  8. Squad number26Player nameBardsley

  9. Squad number18Player nameWestwood

  10. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill

  11. Squad number27Player nameVydra

  12. Squad number23Player namePieters

  13. Squad number12Player nameBrady

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 27Castagne
  • 25Ndidi
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 2Justin
  • 24MendyBooked at 25mins
  • 17PérezSubstituted forMaddisonat 62′minutes
  • 8Tielemans
  • 26PraetSubstituted forAlbrightonat 83′minutes
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forMorganat 90+1′minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 5Morgan
  • 10Maddison
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 20Choudhury
  • 28Fuchs

Burnley

  • 1Pope
  • 26BardsleyBooked at 90mins
  • 28Long
  • 34Dunne
  • 3Taylor
  • 12BradySubstituted forPietersat 40′minutes
  • 18Westwood
  • 8Brownhill
  • 11McNeil
  • 19RodriguezBooked at 8minsSubstituted forVydraat 70′minutes
  • 9Wood

Substitutes

  • 2Lowton
  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 23Pieters
  • 27Vydra
  • 37Thomas
  • 41Benson
  • 45Driscoll-Glennon

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Leicester City 4, Burnley 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Leicester City 4, Burnley 2.

  3. Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jimmy Dunne.

  4. Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Foul by Dwight McNeil (Burnley).

  6. Substitution, Leicester City. Wes Morgan replaces Harvey Barnes.

  7. Phil Bardsley (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Foul by Phil Bardsley (Burnley).

  10. Attempt missed. Phil Bardsley (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Brownhill.

  11. Attempt blocked. Matej Vydra (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  12. Chris Wood (Burnley) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

  13. Attempt missed. Phil Bardsley (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

  14. Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Çaglar Söyüncü.

  15. Attempt blocked. Matej Vydra (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Brownhill.

  16. Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  17. Foul by James Justin (Leicester City).

  18. Phil Bardsley (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

  20. Jimmy Dunne (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.



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