Leicester vs Burnley match report: Frustration for Foxes as Burnley battle back

Leicester City 2 Burnley 2

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Burnley’s need is for wins rather than draws but, in  scoring for the first time in a club record 10 hours and 55 minutes and then striking again to equalise six minutes into stoppage time through Ross Wallace’s superb free-kick, they at least climbed off the foot of the table.

Leicester must take points off potential relegation rivals and this was an opportunity spurned as they  twice let slip a winning position.

The Foxes looked to have done enough to win thanks to their more enterprising play and goals from their energetic wide men  Jeff Schlupp and Riyad Mahrez – but they sat too deep in the latter stages and paid the price.

Setting the tempo from the off, Leicester went ahead when Mahrez crossed from the right for Schlupp to score from six yards.

Michael Kightly equalised when he poked home Lukas  Jutkiewicz’s header down from Scott Arfield’s cross, but the excitement must have gone to Burnley’s heads because within a minute Leicester had regained the lead.

 

Jamie Vardy’s cross from the left wing deflected up off Jason Shackell perfectly for Mahrez to run in and head home.

Leicester seemed to have done enough in the second half but their willingness to sit back cost them dear late in injury time.

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Jeff Schlupp puts Leicester ahead

Matty James tripped Arfield and Wallace curled his 20-yard free-kick into the top corner for Burnley’s fourth draw of the season.

Line-ups:

Leicester (4-4-2): Schmeichel; De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky; Mahrez (Knockaert, 72), Hammond (James, 78), Drinkwater, Schlupp; Vardy, Ulloa (Nugent, 63).

Burnley (4-4-1-1): Heaton; Trippier (Keane, 86), Duff, Shackell, Mee; Kightly (Wallace, 79), Arfield, Ward, Boyd (Sordell, 67); Barnes; Jutkiewicz.

Referee: Phil Dowd.

Man of the match: Scott Arfield (Burnley)

Match rating: 6/10

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