Sunday 25 June 2017

Foxes run to safety

Burnley 0 Leicester 1

Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring the winning goal for Leicester in their victory over Burnley at Turf Moor yesterday
Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring the winning goal for Leicester in their victory over Burnley at Turf Moor yesterday
Burnley's Matthew Taylor has his penalty saved by Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel
Leicester's Daniel Drinkwater marshalls Ben Mee of Burnley

Carl Markham

For the first time in five months Leicester have climbed out of the Premier League's bottom three as their unlikely great escape edged a step closer with a fourth successive league victory.

In what was billed a must-win match for both sides fellow strugglers Burnley spurned the opportunity to draw first blood when Matt Taylor missed a second-half penalty.

Just seconds later the Foxes punished that error with Jamie Vardy scoring to at least prevent the otherwise-excellent Clarets' centre-back Michael Duff suffering the ignominy of an own goal.

The 1-0 scoreline meant Leicester won four successive league matches for the first time since 1966 and, after 140 days at the bottom of the table before last week's win over Swansea, they are now clear of the drop zone by a single point.

For Burnley, the wait for a goal goes on as another blank means they are one minute short of eight hours since they last scored on March 14.

That win over defending champions Manchester City now seems a long time ago as they have taken one point from five matches and are now five points from safety.

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