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Leicester City held to a goalless draw by Burnley

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Fans and players pay emotional tribute at Leicester

Leicester City's emotional return to the King Power Stadium for the first time since the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash outside the stadium ended in a 0-0 draw with Burnley.

It was a poignant occasion - sad, yet commemorating the man whose vision inspired Leicester's unlikely Premier League title win in 2015-16.

Both sides' fans delivered a fitting tribute to his memory and the four others who died after the game with West Ham two weeks ago.

Supporters, led by squad members such as Harry Maguire and James Maddison, steered a tribute march from the city centre to the stadium while the pitch was framed by hundreds of Leicester City shirts, flags and banners.

There was a two-minute silence before kick-off with Vichai's son Aiyawatt in attendance and wreaths laid for both his father and the forthcoming Remembrance Sunday.

It was no surprise that Leicester started brightly then faded after the emotional and physical exertions of the past two weeks, which included a 12,000-mile round trip to pay their respects at the former owner's funeral in Bangkok.

Leicester had the best of the first half, with Jamie Vardy's shot cleared off the line by Matt Lowton, Rachid Ghezzal heading against the bar and Joe Hart saving at the feet of Demarai Gray.

Burnley grew into the game and will be satisfied with a point, although Chris Wood should have done better than lift a second-half chance over the top.

On this day, for once, the result was arguably secondary to the occasion - this was a day to remember the Thai businessman whose ambition and investment allowed Leicester City and their fans to live the dream.

Fans were given scarves as they paid their respects
Fans were given scarves as they paid their respects to 'the boss'

Leicester City honour 'The Boss' with dignity

This was a day of raw emotion, not just at the King Power Stadium, but in the city of Leicester and the memory of beloved owner Srivaddhanaprabha was honoured with dignity and class.

From the moment thousands joined the '5,000-1' march, named after The Foxes' odds at the start of the 2015-16 season when they won they Premier League title, to the pre-match tributes, this was an occasion befitting the man simply known as 'The Boss'.

Claudio Ranieri, the manager who brought the title to Leicester, was in attendance and received a rapturous reception, along with his predecessor Nigel Pearson and successor Craig Shakespeare.

The man who built the modern Leicester was also honoured with a standing ovation and applause - with the scarves left on every seat held aloft - in the 60th minute, a time chosen as he was 60 at the time of his death.

Supporters gathered around the stadium hours before kick-off, their numbers swelling when the marchers arrived, and there were many tears during a video looking back on Vichai's time at the club and ambassador Alan Birchenall's tribute speech.

And there were even more tears after the final whistle when Leicester's players stayed on the pitch to be joined by Srivaddhanaprabha's son Aiyawatt as well as Ranieri, Pearson and Shakespeare besides two other vital components of that landmark title-wining campaign - former director of football Steve Walsh and defender Robert Huth. Former Argentina midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, a hugely popular figure, was another paying his own tribute.

It was a gesture of thanks for the comfort the supporters have given him and his family - and also a real show of unity for players, staff, fans and all who played their part in this remarkable story.

Jamie Vardy goes close for Leicester
Jamie Vardy went closest for Leicester in the first half when his shot was cleared off the line

Burnley play their part

Burnley's supporters played their own part in the pre-game tributes - and when the action started, in a football context, they will be pleased with the outcome.

After conceding 13 goals in their last three Premier League games, manager Sean Dyche knew he had to stop the rot - although it did not look likely as Burnley were fortunate to come through a wretched first 30 minutes when Leicester dominated but could not make their supremacy count.

As Leicester tired, the emotion not just of this day but the last fortnight making its impact, Burnley started to look more composed and came through the second half with relatively few scares, even creating the odd opening for themselves with Chris Wood squandering the best chance.

This was a tough day for Leicester, the city and the football club. It was, in some respects, a difficult day for Burnley too and Dyche will be pleased with a point.

What they said after 'emotionally draining' week

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Puel praises Leicester players after 'tough week'

Leicester City's Marc Albrighton:

"This week has been hard. We went to Thailand and paid our respects to Vichai and his family. It is something we felt we wanted to do. It is a tough time for everyone but everyone has done their part. Every single person at this club has stuck together.

"It's extraordinary the way the fans have come together. Leicester fans have been brilliant for us and we need them. It's going to be a tough road. The lads are emotionally drained. Today was one of the hardest games I have ever played."

Foxes boss Claude Puel:

"We were unlucky but I was proud of the players' performance because they gave their best in this situation.

"It was a tough week to prepare this game without training sessions and a long journey to Bangkok. The players compensated with desire. I would like to congratulate the players because it was difficult. I hope we can continue this response to honour our chairman."

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Result at Leicester 'irrelevant' on emotional day - Dyche

Some post-match stats:

  • Leicester hit 22 shots in the game - the most they have attempted in a Premier League game without scoring since they returned to the top flight in 2014-15.
  • Burnley have failed to score in a joint-league-high six Premier League games this season.
  • Clarets boss Sean Dyche has never won a league match at the King Power Stadium (W0 D3 L3).
  • Burnley registered their first clean sheet in six Premier League games.
  • Leicester failed to score in a Premier League game this season for the first time, with every side now failing to score in at least one top-flight game this season.

What next?

After an international break, Leicester are away to Brighton while Burnley host Newcastle.

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 14Ricardo Pereira
  • 5MorganBooked at 50mins
  • 6EvansSubstituted forSöyüncüat 90'minutes
  • 3Chilwell
  • 24Mendy
  • 25Ndidi
  • 11AlbrightonSubstituted forIheanachoat 60'minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 31Ghezzal
  • 7GraySubstituted forOkazakiat 84'minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 2Simpson
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 8Iheanacho
  • 12Ward
  • 20Okazaki
  • 21Iborra
  • 28Fuchs

Burnley

  • 20Hart
  • 2Lowton
  • 28Long
  • 6Mee
  • 3Taylor
  • 25Lennon
  • 16DefourSubstituted forHendrickat 55'minutes
  • 4Cork
  • 7Berg GudmundssonSubstituted forBradyat 65'minutes
  • 9VokesSubstituted forBarnesat 73'minutes
  • 11Wood

Substitutes

  • 1Heaton
  • 10Barnes
  • 12Brady
  • 13Hendrick
  • 18Westwood
  • 26Bardsley
  • 27Vydra
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
32,184

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home22
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home12
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 0, Burnley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 0, Burnley 0.

Attempt missed. Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Chilwell.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Caglar Söyüncü replaces Jonny Evans because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jonny Evans (Leicester City) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Vardy with a cross.

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Wood (Burnley).

Attempt missed. Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Shinji Okazaki replaces Demarai Gray.

Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Wood (Burnley).

Hand ball by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

Attempt blocked. Chris Wood (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Robbie Brady.

Attempt blocked. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Robbie Brady.

Attempt blocked. Rachid Ghezzal (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo Pereira.

Foul by Ben Chilwell (Leicester City).

Aaron Lennon (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Robbie Brady (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

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

Foul by Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City).

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Ashley Barnes replaces Sam Vokes.

Attempt missed. Chris Wood (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Rachid Ghezzal (Leicester City).

Matthew Lowton (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City).

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Lennon (Burnley).

Jonny Evans (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Robbie Brady replaces Johann Gudmundsson.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jack Cork.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Kevin Long.

Attempt missed. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rachid Ghezzal with a cross.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Joe Hart.

Attempt missed. Jonny Evans (Leicester City) header from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Rachid Ghezzal with a cross following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

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3Liverpool118302151627
4Tottenham1290320101027
5Arsenal1172225141123
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Man Utd116231918120
9Everton115331915418
10Leicester125251716117
11Wolves114341112-115
12Brighton124261318-514
13West Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham111281129-185
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