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Burnley 2-1 Leicester: Ashley Westwood scores stunner as Clarets end losing run

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Ashley Westwood (right)
Ashley Westwood (right) has been directly involved in five goals at home in the Premier League this season (one goal and four assists), as many involvements as he managed in his previous 54 home appearances in the competition

Sean Dyche said Burnley reacted positively to questions about their form with victory against Leicester which earned them their first points in five games.

Ashley Westwood's stunning strike in the 79th minute and goalkeeper Nick Pope's penalty save from Jamie Vardy marked a brilliant recovery by the home side who went behind to Harvey Barnes' 33rd-minute goal.

The Clarets boss told BBC Sport: "We're really pleased. It was a deserved win in different ways. We had some question marks around us recently, which is kind of a backhanded compliment. There was a big sign of moving forward with that performance.

"We know what we are about and we reminded the group of that this week. But there was good play today. We asked different questions. The performance was important to me as a manager, not just the win."

Burnley-born Barnes gave the Foxes the lead with a superb individual effort after Jack Cork had been dispossessed just inside his own half.

The home side improved after the break and equalised when Chris Wood poked in his ninth league goal of the season after Ben Mee nodded into his path from a corner.

However, Mee then fouled Barnes in the box to give away a penalty, which was verified by VAR. Vardy, without a goal in his previous three games, saw his firm strike palmed away by Pope.

With their tails up, Burnley surged forward and were rewarded 11 minutes from time when Westwood thundered home a low drive.

The win lifts Burnley to 14th - five points above the relegation zone. Leicester have now lost four times in their last six league games.

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At the start of the 2018-19 season, Dyche feared his team could be priced out of the Premier Leagueexternal-link.

Since their return to the top flight in the 2016-17 season the Clarets have been frugal with their spending. Their most expensive signings remain the £15m they spent on both defender Ben Gibson and striker Wood. The primary thought for a club the size of Burnley is to use their Premier League income to secure their future.

Dyche has, as a consequence, been rightly lauded for keeping the Clarets in the division, but the question is for how much longer can the 48-year-old perform miracles?

His motivational abilities were tested at Turf Moor as he faced five successive league losses as Burnley boss for the first time. Every small decision could have a big impact for his side from here on in, and Dyche looked aggrieved on the sidelines when Dennis Praet's challenge on Jack Cork in midfield went unpunished in the build-up to Barnes' goal.

But rather than let their heads sink, Burnley came out bouncing after the break. Wood went close with a header before he was in the right place at the right time to poke in.

Leicester's penalty came against the run of play, but Pope ensured the momentum stayed with his side as he made a terrific save.

Then came the goal that resulted in the biggest cheer of the afternoon. Charlie Taylor broke down the wing and fired a cross into the area which Jonny Evans could only clear into the direction of Westwood. The former Villa player ran on to the ball and lashed it past Kasper Schmeichel.

Vardy and Leicester misfire again

Burnley 2-1 Leicester City: Leicester were better team throughout - Rodgers

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers kept stating his ambitions were largely in check when his side were on an eight-match winning run and looking the team most likely to challenge Liverpool.

However, he must have thought his side were guaranteed a top-four finish - perhaps this run of results makes it less certain.

Vardy had scored 11 goals in eight matches before Christmas, but he has only managed one in the past seven in all competitions and missed a golden chance to end that run at Turf Moor.

James Maddison, touted to make England's Euro 2020 squad, was poor by his standards and wasted a couple of opportunities to shoot.

Barnes was the Foxes' best performer. He did brilliantly to keep his composure, after running 50 yards, to fire past Pope for his goal and also went close with an effort earlier in the game.

Rodgers needs Vardy and Maddison to be back on song for his side to finish in the top four for the first time since they won the title in 2016.

Man of the match - Nick Pope (Burnley)

Nick Pope
The crowd sang "England's number one" following the penalty save - after that display he is surely in the frame

Rodgers' run comes to an end - stats

  • For only the second time as a Premier League manager, Brendan Rodgers has lost a match in the competition when leading at half-time, also doing so as Swansea boss against Norwich in February 2012 (P72 W59 D11 L2).
  • For only the third time in 77 such occasions in the Premier League, Burnley have emerged victorious despite losing at half-time, with all three of those wins coming at Turf Moor - also beating Spurs 4-2 in May 2010 and Everton 2-1 in March 2018.
  • Starting with their defeat by Manchester City on 21 December 2019, Leicester have now lost four of their last six Premier League games (W2), double the amount suffered from their opening 17 matches this season (W12 D3 L2).
  • Burnley have now failed to score a first-half goal in 11 successive Premier League games, the longest run by any team in the competition since the Clarets themselves went 12 matches without doing so between February and May 2015 (12).
  • Harvey Barnes opened the scoring for Leicester with just his second league goal of the season, and his first since August against Sheffield United. Indeed, his three Premier League goals for the Foxes have come away from home, netting at London Stadium, Bramall Lane and Turf Moor.
  • Only against West Ham (six) has Wood scored more Premier League goals than he has versus Leicester (three), netting home and away against the Foxes this season.
  • Westwood's winner was his first Premier League goal since April 2019 (v Bournemouth), which was also the last time Burnley won a league game without keeping a clean sheet.

What's next?

Burnley are at Manchester United in the Premier League on Wednesday (20:15 GMT) while Leicester host West Ham on the same day (19:30).



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pope
  • 26Bardsley
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6MeeBooked at 67mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 13Hendrick
  • 18Westwood
  • 4Cork
  • 11McNeil
  • 9WoodSubstituted forLennonat 90+3'minutes
  • 19Rodriguez


  • 2Lowton
  • 12Brady
  • 20Hart
  • 23Pieters
  • 25Lennon
  • 27Vydra
  • 28Long


Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 21Ricardo Pereira
  • 6Evans
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 28Fuchs
  • 24Mendy
  • 17PérezSubstituted forIheanachoat 74'minutes
  • 26PraetSubstituted forTielemansat 74'minutes
  • 10Maddison
  • 15Barnes
  • 9Vardy


  • 2Justin
  • 5Morgan
  • 7Gray
  • 8Tielemans
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 14Iheanacho
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Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamLeicester
Shots on Target

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burnley 2, Leicester City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burnley 2, Leicester City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonny Evans (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by James Maddison with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Aaron Lennon replaces Chris Wood.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Çaglar Söyüncü (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Harvey Barnes.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Maddison.

  9. Post update

    James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by James Tarkowski (Burnley).

  11. Post update

    Çaglar Söyüncü (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Chris Wood (Burnley).

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by Harvey Barnes (Leicester City).

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Burnley 2, Leicester City 1. Ashley Westwood (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Kelechi Iheanacho with a through ball.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Maddison (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo Pereira.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Maddison (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kelechi Iheanacho.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Youri Tielemans replaces Dennis Praet.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Leicester City. Kelechi Iheanacho replaces Ayoze Pérez.


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