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Burnley 1-1 Leicester: Kelechi Iheanacho earns Foxes' a draw

By Phil DawkesBBC Sport
Kelechi Iheanacho scores for Leicester at Burnley
Iheanacho's goal was just his second in the Premier League this season

Kelechi Iheanacho stepped up superbly in the absence of a number of injured team-mates to earn Champions League-chasing Leicester a potentially important draw at Burnley.

With Harvey Barnes having joined James Maddison on the Foxes' injury list and Jamie Vardy having only just returned from his own lay-off, Iheanacho gave his side the attacking edge they required courtesy of a volleyed equaliser midway through the first half.

City had earlier gifted the home side the lead, with Hamza Choudhury's under-hit pass near his own box allowing Matej Vydra to nip in, beat a man and then fire a shot into the roof of the net.

There were chances to win the game for both sides, but goalkeepers Nick Pope and Kasper Schmeichel each produced a typically excellent display.

Foxes keeper Schmeichel was particularly impressive, diving to superbly save headers from James Tarkowski and Chris Wood.

Both teams also hit the post in the second half - Ashley Westwood for Burnley with a volleyed effort from a tight angle and Youri Tielemens for Leicester with a shot from the edge of the box.

It is a useful point for Burnley, who extend the gap between themselves and 18th-placed Fulham to six points.

For Leicester, the comeback and resulting confidence it may inspire is as important as the reward it yields. and they now have a six-point advantage of their own over fifth-placed Chelsea.

Iheanacho provides hope in the gloom

Leicester City boss Rodgers marvels at goal scored by Iheanacho

Having earned a reputation as a predatory finisher during a series of cameo appearances for Manchester City in the early stages of his career, Iheanacho has never fully justified a regular starting spot at Leicester since joining the club for £25m in 2017.

Now would be a fine time to start fully living up to his considerable promise, with the Foxes deprived of top-drawer attacking talent and desperate not to allow Champions League football to elude them again.

Maddison and Barnes have either scored or assisted 15 of Leicester's past 20 Premier League goals.

But in allowing Ndidi's lofted pass to float over his shoulder before volleying the ball past Pope, Iheanacho demonstrated he has the skills to take over from the England pair.

His goal on Wednesday was not only brilliant but timely, with the early concession rocking a Foxes side that came into the fixture off the back of two defeats and had a number of square pegs in round holes.

While understandably not at their best, they visibly lifted after the goal, though, and stepped up again when defender Wesley Fofana came on and Wilfred Ndidi was restored to his preferred spot in the middle of midfield.

Before that, Choudhury had a chance to make amends for his error but fired over with just Pope to beat from a central position. After the equaliser, Tielemens saw one shot hit the woodwork and another saved by Pope, who also denied Marc Albrighton from long range.

A point is not ideal, but it is a necessary check on a potentially demoralising run of results in dire circumstances.

Wood return lifts Clarets

The same could be said of Burnley.

A win would have provided that extra bit of breathing space at the bottom, but they should take heart from a better result and much-improved performance from Sunday's 4-0 surrender at Tottenham.

Ben Mee almost gave them an early lead with a header that went over the bar before Vydra did put them in front.

Tarkowski and Wood were both unfortunate not to restore the Clarets' advantage with headed efforts, as was Westwood when he drove against the woodwork.

Wood in particular made Sean Dyche's side a far more potent attacking weapon with his hold-up play, neat link-ups and ability to find space to test Schmeichel.

There were certainly more positives than negatives for Dyche, who is likely to welcome some more absentees back soon and clearly has enough in his squad to avoid getting dragged back into the bottom three.

Second-half display delights Dyche

'Performance was super pleasing' - what they said

Burnley boss Dyche: "We get a point, which is pleasing. We may have taken more but the reaction and the performance was super pleasing.

"You don't want their keeper to be man of the match but it does imply you've been an attacking force - and I thought we were, especially in the second half.

"We went 1-0 up and we looked just a little bit hesitant, almost waiting for the game. I think in the second half, we really took it on with a mentality to go and win the game. I was really pleased with that and the performance."

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers: "We made an awful start in the game to concede so early. That always tests your mentality and spirit, but I thought we came into the game, showed good moments of quality in the first half.

"When we were playing and breaking through we looked a real threat and we were unfortunate not to have won the game, with Youri hitting a post. But if you can't win it you take your point and move on."

On Schmeichel: "His concentration and his desire to stop the ball going in the net is so good.

"He always produces for us - he's absolutely outstanding when he had to be here. That's why he's one of the top keepers at this level."

Burnley making draws a habit - the best of the stats

  • Burnley have drawn four of their past six Premier League games, as many stalemates as they had in their previous 23 league games combined.
  • This was the Clarets' fourth consecutive Premier League draw at Turf Moor; the first time they've drawn four in a row at the stadium in league competition since August 2011.
  • Leicester manager Rodgers has only lost one of his seven Premier League games against Burnley's Dyche, with that defeat coming at Turf Moor in January 2020.
  • Burnley's Vydra ended a run of 1,212 minutes without a Premier League goal, scoring his first since February 2020 against Bournemouth.
  • Iheanacho has scored two goals in his past three Leicester starts away from home in the Premier League, just one fewer than he managed in his first 15 away starts for the club in the competition.
  • Burnley striker Wood had three shots on target without scoring in Wednesday's game - his most attempts on target in a Premier League match he failed to score in since November 2018.

What's next?

Both sides play on Saturday. Burnley host Arsenal in a 12:30 GMT kick-off before Leicester take on Brighton at the Amex Stadium at 20:00.

Player of the match

VydraMatej Vydra

with an average of 6.97

Burnley

  1. Squad number27Player nameVydra
    Average rating

    6.97

  2. Squad number9Player nameWood
    Average rating

    6.60

  3. Squad number6Player nameMee
    Average rating

    6.51

  4. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski
    Average rating

    6.39

  5. Squad number1Player namePope
    Average rating

    6.33

  6. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil
    Average rating

    6.33

  7. Squad number2Player nameLowton
    Average rating

    6.28

  8. Squad number3Player nameTaylor
    Average rating

    6.26

  9. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill
    Average rating

    6.20

  10. Squad number4Player nameCork
    Average rating

    6.19

  11. Squad number18Player nameWestwood
    Average rating

    6.19

  12. Squad number19Player nameRodriguez
    Average rating

    5.98

Leicester City

  1. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel
    Average rating

    6.86

  2. Squad number14Player nameIheanacho
    Average rating

    6.49

  3. Squad number11Player nameAlbrighton
    Average rating

    6.33

  4. Squad number8Player nameTielemans
    Average rating

    6.21

  5. Squad number25Player nameNdidi
    Average rating

    6.10

  6. Squad number3Player nameFofana
    Average rating

    5.97

  7. Squad number27Player nameCastagne
    Average rating

    5.93

  8. Squad number9Player nameVardy
    Average rating

    5.90

  9. Squad number21Player nameRicardo Pereira
    Average rating

    5.82

  10. Squad number4Player nameSöyüncü
    Average rating

    5.77

  11. Squad number24Player nameMendy
    Average rating

    5.63

  12. Squad number50Player nameTavares
    Average rating

    5.56

  13. Squad number18Player nameAmartey
    Average rating

    5.51

  14. Squad number20Player nameChoudhury
    Average rating

    4.84

Line-ups

Burnley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 3Taylor
  • 8Brownhill
  • 18Westwood
  • 4Cork
  • 11McNeil
  • 27VydraSubstituted forRodriguezat 90+2'minutes
  • 9Wood

Substitutes

  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 16Stephens
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 23Pieters
  • 26Bardsley
  • 28Long
  • 34Dunne
  • 38Richardson
  • 41Benson

Leicester

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 18Amartey
  • 25Ndidi
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 24MendySubstituted forFofanaat 66'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 21Ricardo PereiraBooked at 90mins
  • 20ChoudhurySubstituted forTavaresat 77'minutes
  • 8Tielemans
  • 27Castagne
  • 14IheanachoSubstituted forAlbrightonat 67'minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 3Fofana
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 19Ünder
  • 28Fuchs
  • 33Thomas
  • 38Leshabela
  • 46Daley-Campbell
  • 50Tavares
Referee:
Andy Madley

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home12
Away16
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burnley 1, Leicester City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Leicester City 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Jay Rodriguez replaces Matej Vydra.

  4. Booking

    Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marc Albrighton with a cross following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Ben Mee.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Youri Tielemans.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

  11. Post update

    Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Sidnei Tavares (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Matej Vydra (Burnley).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Timothy Castagne.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Sidnei Tavares (Leicester City).

  20. Post update

    James Tarkowski (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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