Full Time: Burnley 2-1 Leicester City
Goals from Chris Wood and Kevin Long sealed an emphatic 2-1 victory for Burnley against Leicester City at Turf Moor. The victory helped the Clarets secure 3 points, meaning they have inched closer to 6th-placed Arsenal. Sean Dyche’s men overshadowed the visiting Leicester side for a good majority of the game.
A goal from Jamie Vardy was the only solace for the Foxes as Burnley put in a fantastic display to deny a draw, particularly in the last few minutes before the final whistle. With 5 consecutive wins under their belt, Burnley look ready to challenge for a Europa League spot.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at how the Burnley players fared against Leicester.
Burnley Player Ratings
Nick Pope – 8/10
Another day, another solid display from Pope. He remained calm even in high-pressure situations and made some important saves for Burnley.
Matt Lowton – 7/10
A reassuring display from Lowton as he kept the Leicester attackers at bay. He offered good pace going forward as well.
James Tarkowski – 7.5/10
Tarkowski’s importance to the Burnley team is unparalleled and he put in a composed performance at the heart of the defence. He chipped in with some much-needed tackles and interceptions to break Leicester attacks.
Kevin Long – 8/10
In Mee’s absence, Long has truly proven his worth. He defended admirably and deserves an extra point for chipping in with that wonderful goal.
Stephen Ward – 7/10
A routine performance from Ward. He worked well with his teammates to fend off the opponents and made some crucial blocks.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson – 6.5/10
Not his finest performance but Gudmundsson made a decent impact in this one. He played a role in the build-up to Long’s goal but he struggled a bit against Riyad Mahrez.
Ashley Westwood – 6/10
Could have done better on the counter-attack. Westwood tried a lot to make things work in Burnley’s favour but he often fell short against his Leicester counterparts.
Jack Cork – 7.5/10
Cork made some impressive runs and was creative as well. He linked up well with his teammates and troubled Leicester’s defenders throughout the game.
Aaron Lennon – 8/10
Lennon’s pace and trickery proved to be quite a handful for Claude Puel’s men. He chipped in with a fair amount of creativity and his incisive runs certainly worked in Burnley’s favour. However, the player did pick up a booking.
Ashley Barnes – 8.5/10
Was excellent in possession and played an important role in the build-up to Chris Wood’s goal. He is only going from strength-to-strength for Burnley.
Chris Wood – 9/10
The man of the moment, Chris Wood calmly slotted in the opening goal. From there on, he cruised ahead and worked wonders for the Clarets.
Jeff Hendrick – N/A
Replaced Chris Wood in the 75th minute.
Sam Vokes – N/A
Came on for Barnes in the 85th minute.