Published: Mon, January 20, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Chris Wood scores in dramatic win by Burnley over former club Leicester

Chris Wood scores in dramatic win by Burnley over former club Leicester

SEAN DYCHE praised the mentality of his players after Burnley came from behind to beat Leicester 2-1 and haul themselves clear of the relegation zone.

Vardy was handed the ideal opportunity to restore the advantage from the spot but Pope guessed right (68) - one of seven saves he made during the match - and Burnley completed the comeback when Ashley Westwood struck after a poor clearance by Jonny Evans (79).

Wood netted his ninth league goal of the season to equalise for Burnley before Vardy - a former teammate of the Kiwi forward - missed a penalty for third-placed Leicester on Sunday (Monday NZ time) at Burnley's Turf Moor ground.

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He completed a home and away double against Leicester, having headed home Burnley's only goal in a 2-1 defeat at Leicester's King Power Stadium last October.

Harvey Barnes had given the Foxes the lead in the 33rd minute, as Burnley faced an eighth loss in 10 games, but the home side mounted a second half comeback to seal a vital three points.

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Kasper Schmeichel had looked suspect from in-swinging Burnley corners and that was the avenue for the home side's equaliser on 56 minutes.

Vardy, the EPL's leading scorer with 17 goals, stepped up to take the spotkick, but Burnley's England goalkeeper Nick Pope dived to his left to make the most important of a number of great saves, prompting Burnley fans to chant: "England's number one".

Leicester City's James Maddison, right, and Burnley's Ashley Westwood.

It was the flawless way to mark Dyche's 300th game as Burnley boss after seven defeats from their previous nine games had plunged them into the relegation battle.

Charlie Taylor's cross wasn't cleared by Jonny Evans and Westwood pounced with a close-range finish that left Leicester shell-shocked.

Brendan Rodgers' side had the ideal chance to go back in front when Mee was once again beaten for pace by Barnes who tumbled inside the box.

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