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Leicester City 4-2 Burnley: Foxes fight back to maintain 100% start

Leicester come from behind to maintain their 100% Premier League start against an under-strength Burnley side at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester came from behind to maintain their 100% Premier League start against an under-strength Burnley side at the King Power Stadium.

The result lifts Leicester to the top of the Premier League for the first time since they won the title in 2015-16.

It also gave Brendan Rodgers his 100th win as a Premier League manager in his 210th game - Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Kenny Dalglish and Kevin Keegan the only British managers to have reached the landmark in fewer matches.

Chris Wood opened the scoring for Sean Dyche's side, firing into the bottom left corner after outmuscling home defender James Justin at the far post.

But the Foxes, who enjoyed the majority of possession against opponents who were missing several first-team players, immediately responded with Harvey Barnes' placed effort drawing them level.

Erik Pieters' own goal put the hosts ahead after the break with Justin doubling their advantage.

Top-flight debutant Jimmy Dunne raised hopes of a Burnley recovery when he headed in Dwight McNeil's left-wing delivery, but Dennis Praet's superb 20-yard strike into the top-right corner put the gloss on Leicester's win.

Barnes impresses for hosts

While Burnley's determination and desire was admirable, in the end it proved no match for Leicester's fluid attacking play and extra sharpness.

The home side controlled the ball throughout with Barnes and Belgian midfielder Praet coming to the fore on the left of midfield.

Whether it was going directly up against Burnley right-back Phil Bardsley or moving intelligently into infield positions, Barnes' movement and pace was a key ingredient of Leicester's attacking play.

His placed effort to equalise was a show of composure as Burnley defenders reacted to Castagne's cut-back.

And he forced a wonderful save from Pope at the end of a teasing run in off the left wing that Bardsley could do little to prevent.

The England U21 international had more shots (five) than any other Leicester player but his final contribution of the evening was significant one in another way, as he skipped away from three defenders to pick out Praet who did the rest with a sublime effort.

Depleted Burnley fight to the end

Dyche has repeatedly talked about the need for Burnley to add to their squad since top-flight football returned in June and conceded that they would be "stretched to the limit" for this fixture.

And although he will be disappointed by the outcome and the unfortunate manner in which they fell behind, Pieters inadvertently deflecting Timothy Castagne's cross past Nick Pope, he would have been delighted by the application of his depleted team.

Already without five first-choice players and at the physical disadvantage of having not played last weekend, the Clarets' task was made harder when midfielder Robbie Brady went off with a rib injury during the first half.

But there were plenty of positives, with Dyche's side managing more efforts on goal than the hosts and threatening to set up a tense finale when Wood hit the post late on.

Dunne, 22, also acquitted himself well in the absence of Ben Mee and James Tarkowksi at the heart of the Burnley defence, his eight clearances more than any other player on the pitch.

'Barnes was outstanding' - what they said

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "Burnley are a very difficult side to play against. They went ahead but we kept attacking the game and looked very good going forward.

"We are a bit patched up at the back but Wilfred Ndidi was incredible stepping in there from midfield.

"When it gets to 3-2 you have to stay calm and believe in your quality, see it through and we managed to do that.

"Harvey Barnes was outstanding tonight, he keeps on getting into areas you want him to and is a big talent."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "I'm pleased with a lot of aspects of our performance, but obviously you don't want to concede four goals.

"It was a really strange game. We had as many open chances as they did, but we've only managed to take two of ours.

"I've always marvelled at the spirit in the group. We don't go over easy and we were still creating chances at the end. That is something that has served us well in the Premier League."

Burnley's own goal misery - the stats
  • Leicester have won their first two games of a Premier League campaign for the first time since their title-winning campaign of 2015-16, while this is the first time they will end the day top of the Premier League since the final day of that season.
  • Burnley have lost consecutive Premier League games for the first time since January - prior to these two defeats, the Clarets had only lost one of their previous 15 in the competition (W8 D6).
  • Leicester midfielder Harvey Barnes has been directly involved in five goals in his past three Premier League games against Burnley (two goals and three assists).
  • James Justin scored his first league goal for Leicester, with this his first league goal in 41 appearances since netting for Luton against Bradford City in League One in November 2018.
  • Jimmy Dunne is the first player from the Republic of Ireland to score on his Premier League debut since Wes Hoolahan in August 2011. Aged 22 years 337 days, Dunne is now also Burnley's youngest debutant scorer in the competition.
  • Burnley striker Chris Wood has netted four goals in seven Premier League appearances against former club Leicester - only against West Ham (6) has he scored more in the competition.
  • Erik Pieters' own goal was Burnley's sixth in the Premier League since the start of the 2018-19 season, the most of any current team in the competition in this period.
What's next?

Leicester host Arsenal in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday 23 September (19:45 BST) before returning to Premier League action at Manchester City on Sunday 27 September (16:30 BST).

Burnley are also in EFL Cup action at Millwall on Wednesday 23 September (19:00 BST) prior to welcoming Southampton to Turf Moor in the Premier League on Saturday 26 September (20:00 BST).

Player of the match

BarnesHarvey Barnes

with an average of 8.26
Leicester City
  1. Squad number15Player nameBarnes

    Average rating

    8.26

  2. Squad number27Player nameCastagne

    Average rating

    7.68

  3. Squad number26Player namePraet

    Average rating

    7.45

  4. Squad number8Player nameTielemans

    Average rating

    7.43

  5. Squad number9Player nameVardy

    Average rating

    6.96

  6. Squad number4Player nameSöyüncü

    Average rating

    6.94

  7. Squad number25Player nameWilfred Ndidi

    Average rating

    6.83

  8. Squad number2Player nameJustin

    Average rating

    6.77

  9. Squad number24Player nameMendy

    Average rating

    6.55

  10. Squad number10Player nameMaddison

    Average rating

    6.35

  11. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel

    Average rating

    6.24

  12. Squad number17Player nameAyoze Pérez

    Average rating

    6.17

  13. Squad number11Player nameAlbrighton

    Average rating

    6.01

  14. Squad number5Player nameMorgan

    Average rating

    5.54

Burnley
  1. Squad number9Player nameWood

    Average rating

    6.40

  2. Squad number34Player nameDunne

    Average rating

    6.19

  3. Squad number1Player namePope

    Average rating

    5.85

  4. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil

    Average rating

    5.63

  5. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

    Average rating

    5.55

  6. Squad number19Player nameRodriguez

    Average rating

    5.42

  7. Squad number28Player nameLong

    Average rating

    5.29

  8. Squad number26Player nameBardsley

    Average rating

    5.27

  9. Squad number18Player nameWestwood

    Average rating

    5.26

  10. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill

    Average rating

    5.25

  11. Squad number27Player nameVydra

    Average rating

    5.19

  12. Squad number23Player namePieters

    Average rating

    5.04

  13. Squad number12Player nameBrady

    Average rating

    4.86

Line-ups
Leicester
  • 1Schmeichel
  • 27Castagne
  • 25Ndidi
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 2Justin
  • 24MendyBooked at 25mins
  • 17PérezSubstituted forMaddisonat 62'minutes
  • 8Tielemans
  • 26PraetSubstituted forAlbrightonat 83'minutes
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forMorganat 90+1'minutes
  • 9Vardy
Substitutes
  • 5Morgan
  • 10Maddison
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 20Choudhury
  • 28Fuchs
Burnley
  • 1Pope
  • 26BardsleyBooked at 90mins
  • 28Long
  • 34Dunne
  • 3Taylor
  • 12BradySubstituted forPietersat 40'minutes
  • 18Westwood
  • 8Brownhill
  • 11McNeil
  • 19RodriguezBooked at 8minsSubstituted forVydraat 70'minutes
  • 9Wood
Substitutes
  • 2Lowton
  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 23Pieters
  • 27Vydra
  • 37Thomas
  • 41Benson
  • 45Driscoll-Glennon
Referee: Lee Mason
Match Stats
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Match ends, Leicester City 4, Burnley 2.

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