Read a full match report on the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Leicester City at Turf Moor on Saturday 25 April, 2015.
- Leicester City moved out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone after a 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.
- Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of the game less than a minute after Matthew Taylor missed a penalty for the hosts.
- Several key saves from Kasper Schmeichel helped keep the Foxes on top.
- It’s the first time the Club have won four consecutive top-flight games in a season since 1966/67.
Jamie Vardy’s second half goal gave Leicester City a vital 1-0 Barclays Premier League win over Burnley at Turf Moor to lift them out of the relegation zone.
It was a fourth straight league win for Nigel Pearson’s in-form side, but they were made to work hard for it during a scrappy encounter that was decided by a minute of drama around the hour mark.
After a brilliant save to deny Danny Ings from Kasper Schmeichel, Burnley’s Matthew Taylor was brought down in the box by Paul Konchesky, prompting referee Anthony Taylor to point straight to the penalty spot.
Taylor stepped up to take it but only found the outside of the post, and with Burnley still reeling, the in-form Foxes struck a decisive blow. Marc Albrighton's teasing cross from the right was turned towards his own goal by Michael Duff, Clarets 'keeper Tom Heaton clawed it onto the post and Vardy poached a priceless winner.
Nigel Pearson made two changes to the side that beat Swansea City 2-0 last time out, with Danny Drinkwater stepping in for his first start since 31 January and Konchesky replacing Jeff Schlupp at left wing-back in a 3-5-2.
Chris Wood returned from his loan at Ipswich Town began on the bench in the absence of an injured David Nugent, while Leo Ulloa and Vardy got the nod to start in a front two.
It was a tense atmosphere at Turf Moor and, with so much hanging on the result, the Foxes made a positive start thanks to some good early work from Drinkwater and Vardy to win a series of corners. Robert Huth rose highest to meet one of those inside 10 minutes, but his effort couldn’t find a way through a crowd of bodies.
The home side were clearly up for the battle, with Ings seeing an early effort blocked by Marcin Wasilewski, but the Foxes seemed sharper in the midfield areas and managed to release Vardy in the channels to good effect on a couple of occasions.
Vardy finally forced a save from Heaton in the 22nd minute when he did well to take down a Wasilewski free kick in front of Jason Shackell, but on the turn he couldn’t generate the power required to beat the ‘keeper.
While for much of the first half the teams cancelled each other out, in the 32nd minute City called on Schmeichel to keep them in the game. A Kieran Trippier corner was knocked down by Duff for an unorthodox hooked shot from Taylor, but there was Schmeichel to make a crucial and timely save at point blank range.
That proved to be the most notable chance of the half for either side as a keenly contested and at times feisty first 45 minutes concluded with a series of threatening set plays marshalled well by the defences.
Again in the second period City looked to start on the front foot, and their best chance came just a few minutes in, when Huth was brought down for a free kick by George Boyd 20 yards out. The winger was booked for the offence and was grateful to see Esteban Cambiasso’s resulting effort drift over Heaton’s bar.
The Clarets responded with a powerful header from Duff moments later, and City had Ulloa to thank for a brilliant headed block just in front of Schmeichel to avert the danger.
After a mostly uneventful match, all the drama started to arrive around the hour mark. First Ings draw a fine save from Schmeichel before a blindsided Konchesky felled Taylor in the box for a Burnley penalty. Taylor dusted himself down to take the spot kick but, despite sending Schmeichel the wrong way, struck the outside of the post with his effort – something that proved to be just the wake up call City needed.
From the goal kick, they attacked with Albrighton on the right. His whipped cross took a deflection off the unfortunate Duff, which Heaton scrambled to repel before Vardy bundled it home.
Andrej Kramarić was then sent for from the bench at the expense of Ulloa and Ritchie De Laet for Albrighton, with the energised Foxes keen to capitalise on a shell-shocked home side, who themselves replaced Boyd with Ross Wallace and Lukas Jutkiewicz with Marvin Sordell.
It was a game blighted by fouls and as City looked to see out the final 10 minutes they made their final change, bringing on Matty James for Drinkwater.
An aerial bombardment from the Clarets ensued, and while they were being given a real match in the box by the trio of Wes Morgan, Wasilewski and Huth, it was Schmeichel again who came to City’s rescue when he clawed away a deflected shot from Ben Mee that looked destined to go in.
A determined Leicester continued to deal well with Burnley’s onslaught, and they almost had the final say in stoppage time when James’ first-time shot brought a fingertip save from Heaton.
It wasn’t needed however, as they saw out a fourth straight win to lift them out of the relegation zone for the first time this year.
BURNLEY: Heaton,Trippier, Duff, Shakell, Mee, Boyd (Wallace 70), Jones, Arfield, Taylor (Kightly 86), Ings, Jutkiewicz (Sordell 70).
SUBS NOT USED: Gilks, Keane, Ward, Ulvestad
CITY: Schmeichel; Wasilewski, Huth, Morgan (c); Albrighton (De Laet 70), King, Cambiasso, Drinkwater (James 77), Konchesky; Vardy, Ulloa (Kramaric 65)
SUBS NOT USED: Upson, Mahrez, Schwarzer, Wood
GOAL: Vardy 58
REFEREE: Mr. A. Taylor