Burnley 1-1 Leicester City: Clarets frustrate Vardy and Foxes in stalemate
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Kelechi Iheanacho rescued a point for Leicester City after they fell behind to an early Matěj Vydra goal. It's now three games without a win for Brendan Rodgers' side, something they'll be wanting to put right sooner rather than  later as they look to avoid a similar end to to last seasons campaign.

The draw sees Sean Dyche's men extend their unbeaten Turf Moor run to four games, as they picked up another point in their quest for Premier League survival.

Story of the match

Rodgers made three changes to his side that was defeated by Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, Daniel AmarteyHamza Choudhury and Wilfried Ndidi all came into the side to help ease Leicester's injury woes, as they look to avoid a similar stuttering final stretch of the Premier League campaign.

It was always going to be a difficult task for Rodgers and co as injuries have tried their best to derail Leicester’s season in recent weeks. And the Foxes got off to the worst possible start, with just four minutes on the clock when Choudhury failed to execute a rather routine back-pass to Ndidi - selling him short in the attempt - allowing Vydra to steal the ball off the toes of the make-shift centre half, before smashing the ball into the top corner of a helpless Kasper Schmeichel’s goal, to claim his first league goal of the season.

Falling a goal down to a side like Burnley - especially at Turf Moor - presents a very difficult task to any team in the division. The Clarets’ resolute style began to frustrate Leicester as they immediately found themselves chasing a game they couldn’t afford to lose if they have genuine hopes of featuring in Europe's premier competition next season.

Those donning Leicester's alternative white strip thought they’d be able to put their stuttering start behind them when Youri Tielemans was brought down by Charlie Taylor inside the area. As Taylor’s body brushed past the onrushing No.8, as he drove into the box, it was met with stern penalty appeals from the Leicester players and you wouldn’t blame them for it, as we’ve seen similar penalties given in recent seasons - but their appeals fell on the deaf ears of referee Stuart Atwell

The away side came close to drawing level just two minutes after they had their penalty claim dismissed. A fantastic passing sequence  was a fingertip away from from ending in an equaliser after Timothy Castagne's cross was met by the late run of Choudhury, as Nick Pope did fantastically to divert it over the bar. 

Burnley came close to doubling their advantage through the ever-reliable Chris Wood, but his effort was kept out at the near post after he capitalised on Caglar Soyuncu's misfortunate slip.  

The away side were finding it difficult to operate at the peak level - we've become acustommed to seeing from them under Rodgers' tenure - as they continued carelessly concede possession. 

However, the Foxes soon found themselves back on level terms 10 minutes before the break after an exquisite piece of play from Iheanacho and Ndidi. The make-shift centre-half roamed on just inside of the Burnley half as he looked for options, Iheanacho  made the bursting run across the box as he Ndidi floated a perfectly weighted pass into his path, as the Nigerian's first time volley flew past the out-rushing Pope. 

Dyche's men responded to being pegged back in typical Burnley fashion as they nearly found themselves back in-front just moments after they conceded, as Dwight McNeil's left foot played the role architect for James Tarkowski's headed effort, which was somehow clawed out of the goal by excellent Schmeichel. 

With the halftime whistle on the horizon, Leicester began to show glimpses of their true powers as they pressed intensely to pick Burnley's pockets in the final thrid - leaving Iheanacho with a wealth of options either side of him just outside the box. Tielemans was the chosen member of the supporting cast as Iheanacho slid him in but his effort was beaten away fairly easily, in what was the last significant action of the first half. 

Just minutes into the second half, Schmeichel was called into action again, as he produced a world-class save to deny Wood's goal-bound header. The Leicester No.1 somehow used an outstretched finger tip to keep the scores level, to the disbelief of those in Claret shirts.

Both sides came close in the final 30 minutes, Ashley Westwood was first up as he struck the post after teeing himself up outside the box, as the one of the few times that had comfortably beaten Schmeichel, they were denied by the woodwork. 

It was then Leicester's turn to apply some late pressure, first up was Ricardo Pereira as his effort sailed just wide. Before Tielemans smashed the Pope's post after waltzing his way past Burnley bodies on the edge of the box.


Leicester blip continues

The Foxes have been excellent for the most part of this season but in recent weeks - through no fault of their own - they have began to stutter as a result of their injury crisis. Leicester currently have a six point cushion between themselves in third and fifth place, but with matches against Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United still to come before the seasons finale, Rodgers will be hoping his side can but their recent poor spell behind them, starting with Brighton on Saturday.

Clarets safety is nearly confirmed 

Sean Dyche's men extended their unbeaten home run to four games with Wednesday nights draw, form that will serve the Lancashire side well in their bid to avoid relegation to the second tier for the fifth consecutive season. 

Fulham's recent revival has halted any celebrations at Turf Moor, as the Whites look to drag either Newcastle, Brighton or the Clarets into the dog fight. 

As Sheffield United and West Brom look like their efforts have been too little too late, it seems increasingly likely that Fulham are the only side in the drop-zone with any real hope of escaping. Forty points is normally the deemed the 'magic number' when Premier League survival is mentioned. Four wins from their next eleven league games would take Burnley's total  to 41 points, a points tally you believe would keep them in the division.  

Starting XI's 

Burnley: Pope, Lawton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Brownhill, Cork, Westwood,  McNeil, Vydra, Wood.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Amartey, Ndidi, Soyuncu, Mendy, Pereira, Choudhury, Tielemans, Castagne, Vardy, Iheanacho.