Premier League
Burnley2Leicester1

Burnley 2-1 Leicester City

Defender Kevin Long scored his first Premier League goal for Burnley against Leicester
Defender Kevin Long scored his first Premier League goal for Burnley

Burnley manager Sean Dyche is refusing to get carried away with the prospect of featuring in Europe next season despite seeing his side take a significant step towards qualifying for the Europa League with victory over Leicester City.

Chris Wood scored against his former club while Kevin Long headed a second as the Clarets made it a five straight league wins.

Dyche's side are seventh in the Premier League, which will be enough to qualify for the Europa League unless Southampton win the FA Cup.

"Our story is still about getting as many points as we can get," said Dyche.

On potentially qualifying for the Europa League, he added: "In five and a half years there has been a lot of work done here. We have had some tough times and some very good times.

"Who knows what it will bring but we will just wait and see."

Leicester wasted several chances before Jamie Vardy's powerful finish reduced the deficit, but Burnley hung on to open up a nine point lead on their eighth-placed opponents with five games to play.

Foxes boss Claude Puel said afterwards that his side's chances of qualifying for the Europa League were all but over.

"I think so, yes," said the Frenchman.

"Of course there are games remaining but they [Burnley] now have a lot of chances."

Chris Wood reached double figures in the Premier League by scoring against his old club
Chris Wood reached double figures in the Premier League by scoring against his old club

Europe beckons for Burnley after 51-year absence

The Clarets are well placed to play in Europe for the first time since the 1966-67 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, which later became the Uefa Cup.

Dyche and his players have won an army of admirers for an extraordinary season in which Burnley are on course to finish in the top seven on a reported wage bill of just £37m.

This is the first time the Lancashire club have won five consecutive matches in the top flight since November 1968 and the latest success typified their season.

All the key ingredients were there - hard work, grit, determination - as Leicester threw everything at them in the second half.

Media playback is not supported on this device

Burnley 2-1 Leicester: Sean Dyche praises keeper Nick Pope after Clarets win

Wood reached double figures for league goals this season after being played in by Ashley Barnes, before an unmarked Long pounced from a corner for his first Premier League goal for the club.

England manager Gareth Southgate witnessed Burnley's latest win, and will have been impressed with goalkeeper Nick Pope.

He played his part in his side's 14th league victory of the season by denying Riyad Mahrez and, before he scored, Vardy.

Dyche was singled out for particular praise by Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer for guiding Burnley through their unbeaten run.

"Once they score one or two goals, they're difficult to peg back because they don't concede many," Shearer said.

"Burnley are either going to finish sixth or seventh. They went from December to February without a Premier League win, Sean Dyche has to be one of the, if not the, manager of the season."

Wasteful Foxes pay the price

Vardy scored for the fourth successive league game to take his top-flight tally this season to 17, but he was also responsible, along with others, for some poor misses.

At the end of the first half, and with Burnley 2-0 up, the England striker tamely headed wide after Harry Maguire's pin-point cross.

Mahrez, who clipped the post with a free-kick, also should have scored on a disappointing day at both ends for the Foxes, who gave a first Premier League start to 20-year-old midfielder Hamza Choudhury.

Vardy's goal, after substitute Kelechi Iheanacho's clever pass, was little consolation for manager Claude Puel, who lost goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel to injury in the closing stages.

"He took a heavy knock and we will have to see whether he can be fit for our next game," added Puel.

The Frenchman took over in October when the team was 14th in the table.

Although Leicester are on course for a top-half finish, Puel has his work cut out to improve Leicester in the summer.

Media playback is not supported on this device

Burnley 2-1 Leicester: Foxes defeat hard to accept - Claude Puel

Explainer - how seventh place gets into Europe

  • The fifth-placed team in the Premier League will enter the Europa League at the group stage, as will the FA Cup winners.
  • Because Manchester City have already guaranteed their Champions League place, their Europa League place as EFL Cup winners reverts to the league, so the sixth-placed team will also enter the Europa League.
  • Realistically, unless Southampton win the FA Cup, the seventh-placed team will also qualify for the Europa League (as the other three semi-finalists - Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs - look almost certain to finish in the top six).
  • FA Cup runners-up are no longer eligible to enter Europe by virtue of being losing finalists.
  • If Arsenal win the Europa League and finish outside the top four, they will qualify for the Champions League, and only two English sides will enter the Europa League as no more than seven clubs from each country can compete in Europe.

The run-in - who plays who?

BurnleyLeicester
v Chelsea (h) 19 Aprilv Southampton (h) 19 April
v Stoke (a) 22 Aprilv Crystal Palace (a) 28 April
v Brighton (h) 28 Aprilv West Ham (h) 5 May
v Arsenal (a) 5 Mayv Arsenal (h) 9 May
v Bournemouth (h) 13 Mayv Tottenham (a) 13 May

Man of the match - Nick Pope (Burnley)

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope impressed in front of watching England boss Gareth Southgate. Not only was he a commanding presence in his penalty area, Pope made fine saves to deny Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy
Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope impressed in front of watching England boss Gareth Southgate. Not only was he a commanding presence in his penalty area, Pope made fine saves to deny Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy

Another Vardy goal, another defeat - the stats

  • Vardy has been on the losing side in eight Premier League games this season when he has scored, a record for a single campaign in the competition.
  • Vardy has scored in eight of his past 10 Premier League appearances (8 goals), after finding the back of net in just three of his 12 games before that (3 goals).
  • This is the first time Burnley have scored two goals inside the opening 10 minutes of Premier League game.
  • It is also just the first time Leicester conceded two goals within the first 10 minutes of a Premier League game since August 2003.
  • Wood has been directly involved in six goals in his five Premier League games since coming back from injury (5 goals, 1 assists).
  • Gudmundsson has provided seven assists in the Premier League this season, two more than any other Burnley player has ever managed in a single campaign in the competition.
  • Long has registered goal involvements in consecutive league games (1 goal, 1 assist) for the first time since December 2011 for Accrington.

What's next?

Burnley and Leicester are back in Premier League action on Thursday as they host teams who are involved in next weekend's FA Cup semi-finals. Burnley entertain Chelsea at Turf Moor (19:45 BST) at the same time as Leicester take on struggling Southampton.

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 29Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 28Long
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 23Ward
  • 25LennonBooked at 65mins
  • 4Cork
  • 18Westwood
  • 17Berg Gudmundsson
  • 10BarnesBooked at 81minsSubstituted forVokesat 85'minutes
  • 11WoodSubstituted forHendrickat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Heaton
  • 3Taylor
  • 8Marney
  • 9Vokes
  • 13Hendrick
  • 21Wells
  • 26Bardsley

Leicester

  • 1SchmeichelSubstituted forHamerat 86'minutes
  • 2Simpson
  • 5Morgan
  • 15Maguire
  • 3Chilwell
  • 26Mahrez
  • 38Choudhury
  • 14Adrien Silva
  • 7GraySubstituted forDiabatéat 64'minutes
  • 20OkazakiSubstituted forIheanachoat 45'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 8Iheanacho
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Hamer
  • 16Dragovic
  • 28Fuchs
  • 32Barnes
  • 33Diabaté
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
21,727

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home8
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Burnley 2, Leicester City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burnley 2, Leicester City 1.

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fousseni Diabaté with a cross.

Foul by Harry Maguire (Leicester City).

Sam Vokes (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City).

Ashley Westwood (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Ben Hamer replaces Kasper Schmeichel because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Sam Vokes replaces Ashley Barnes.

Delay in match Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) because of an injury.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

Attempt blocked. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

Adrien Silva (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kevin Long (Burnley).

Attempt saved. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adrien Silva with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Jeff Hendrick replaces Chris Wood.

Foul by Adrien Silva (Leicester City).

Jack Cork (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Burnley 2, Leicester City 1. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Kelechi Iheanacho following a fast break.

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

Kevin Long (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City).

James Tarkowski (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by James Tarkowski with a cross following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Lennon (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

Attempt missed. Adrien Silva (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.

Booking

Aaron Lennon (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aaron Lennon (Burnley).

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Fousseni Diabaté replaces Demarai Gray.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Nick Pope.

Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adrien Silva.

Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City33283293256887
2Man Utd32225563253871
3Liverpool342010478354370
4Tottenham33207665303567
5Chelsea33186957332460
6Arsenal321661061431854
7Burnley33141093329452
8Leicester331110124947243
9Everton34119143954-1542
10Newcastle32108143341-838
11Bournemouth34911144156-1538
12Watford34107174260-1837
13Brighton33811143146-1535
14Huddersfield3498172754-2735
15West Ham32810144058-1834
16Crystal Palace34810163654-1834
17Swansea3389162746-1933
18Southampton33513153353-2028
19Stoke3369183063-3327
20West Brom33312182652-2621
View full Premier League table

Top Stories