Burnley beat Leicester to boost European hopes

Laverne Higgins
April 15, 2018

The 26-year-old spent two and a half seasons with Leicester between January 2013 and the summer of 2015, when a lack of games prompted him to leave for Leeds, meaning he missed out on the Foxes' remarkable Premier League title the following season.

Burnley could not have made a better start to such an important game, going two up inside nine minutes through former Leicester striker Chris Wood and defender Kevin Long.

Having only made it into the Burnley team due to Tom Heaton's shoulder injury earlier this season, Pope has held onto his position even with the club captain back fit, and his performances earned him a maiden global call-up for recent friendlies against Netherlands and Italy, where he was an unused sub. "Now it's open-minded and see how far we can go".

Burnley, who have not played in European competition since 1967, struck twice in the opening nine minutes but had to hang on for the three points after Jamie Vardy's 72nd-minute strike.

He said: "I think when we finished a game with this quality, without good tempo, it was a big disappointment and frustration for all".

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"We've had to work for everything today", said Dyche, whose side made it five consecutive top-flight wins for the first time since 1968. We're ambitious, we'll try to finish well this season off course. I got on really well with the players, the staff, the owners are great as well.

"Credit to Leicester, the last half-an-hour if not more they were excellent".

Referee Martin Atkinson waved away appeals for a penalty when Jack Cork appeared to handle the ball, with replays suggesting the Burnley man was just outside the box, while at the other end a wild challenge from substitute Kelechi Iheanacho on Aaron Lennon right on the edge of the area also went unpunished. I'm not going to go there, there's no point. It is hard because we lose our run for the Europa League but congratulations to Burnley.

"Just to have the possibility to play this game at this moment in the season is unbelievable and encouraging for this team". It was insane to have all the chances and to finish with one goal. "For me it's not a fair result but I would like to send all my congratulations to Sean and his squad".

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