Burnley 1, Leicester 2, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

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To be present at a game is always great for us travelling from over the sea, and going on away games and being in the stands with other Leicester City fans is just fantastic. All so loyal and fox fanatics, giving the support we all just love to see.

The team was again spot on, players picked and the system is the one that works the best with the players Brendan Rodgers has to his disposal. The game started really well, and we all saw that this would be a difficult day at the home office for “The Clarets”.

But after only four minutes all our great belief turns in a second, a terrible mistake in the Leicester defense makes it possible for Johann Berg Gudmundsson to get in behind and Harry Maguire takes him down just outside the penalty box.

A clear red card, and a free kick to Burnley. Leicester are down to 10 men, but Maguire could with his challenge possibly have stopped a goal for the home team. Brendan Rodgers decides to take Demarai Gray off and replace with Wes Morgan, of course wise move and turning his team into a 4-4-1 set up, moving Maddison out on the flank

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This really stops the pressure of Burnley at a distance from goal that is acceptable, but all credit to Kasper Schmeichel who did some really great saves in the first half. He was also vital in the fight as City fought for survival.

But again with only 10 men, Maddison, Tielemans and Ndidi worked that midfield great, pushing Barnes a bit up in the field to give Vardy support, and it was enough to manage to get a free kick just outside the penalty box after 33 minutes.

James Maddison takes the free kick, well place in the left upper of the goal and a “flying” Tom Heaton has no chance to reach the ball at all. What a fantastic goal and Leicester City are 1-0 up.

The happiness doesn’t last long as Jonny Evans makes a deadly mistake losing the ball on his own half, giving Burnley a chance to break us down and in “tiki taka” style Taylor finds McNeil, a player to watch, who is doing no wrong perfectly placing the ball in the net behind Kasper Schmeichel.

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We all knew what the 2nd half would look like and so the stats told us in the end. Burnley putting pressure on Leicester, and keeping the ball in possession. But a hard battling Leicester City side managed to keep Burnley from distanse also in the 2nd half.

Then just as we all believed that it was possible to end the game with a draw and really be happy for the result, lightening strikes as Youri Tielemans finds Wes Morgan inside the penalty box, and the captain himself goes up and just heads the ball in the net.

So great to see the 35 year old club captain going up in the air and just fighting the ball over the goal line with a fine header. Burnley had a few attempts in stoppage time, but it was a well rewarded win as Brendan Rodgers leaded his side to a 2nd victory in the best way possible.

  • Positives:
    • Still basics, line up, players, system, love it
    • Tielemans, Ndidi and Maddison what a trio
    • Lovely to see Wes Morgan doing what he did
    • Schmeichel making some fantastic saves
    • Of course winning with 10 men
    • Maddison free kick, marvelous
  • Negatives:
    • Schmeichel making erroring passes
    • Evans not really on the ball in the game, sloppy at times
    • Doing a mistake in the back line costing us a player
    • Luckily Ndidi escaped from a clear penalty situation
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7. Pereira 6, Chilwell 6, Maguire, Evans 6, Ndidi 7, Tielemans 8, Barnes 7, Vardy 6, Maddison 8, Gray, Subs: Morgan 7, Fuchs, Mendy

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 58 / 42
  • Corners: 9 / 3
  • Shots on target: 2 / 2
  • Shots wide: 7 / 0
  • Fouls: 9 / 9
  • Offsides: 3 / 2

 

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