Wednesday 23 October 2019

Rodgers hails steel of 10-man Foxes

Burnley 1 Leicester City 2

Leicester City's Wes Morgan celebrates scoring their second goal with Jonny Evans, Ben Chilwell and team mates. Photo: Reuters
Leicester City's Wes Morgan celebrates scoring their second goal with Jonny Evans, Ben Chilwell and team mates. Photo: Reuters

Eleanor Crooks

Brendan Rodgers hailed the steel of his Leicester players after victory at Burnley despite playing for nearly the whole game with 10 men.

Harry Maguire was dismissed in the fourth minute after bringing down Johann Berg Gudmundsson when he was clean through on goal, providing a golden chance for Burnley to take a big step towards safety.

Burnley's Charlie Taylor and Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi. Photo: PA
Burnley's Charlie Taylor and Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi. Photo: PA

James Maddison put the Foxes ahead, but Dwight McNeil quickly levelled and the Clarets pushed increasingly hard for a second but Leicester defender Wes Morgan headed in a Youri Tielemans cross for a 90th-minute winner.

Rodgers, taking charge of his third game since replacing Claude Puel, said: "They have been a joy to work with. They showed a different side to their game. I said before that, when you come to Burnley, style alone won't get you points. You need to have steel. I am very proud of the team. We showed a wonderful persistence."

Rodgers had no complaints with referee Michael Oliver's decision to dismiss Maguire, saying: "I think he made the right call, much as it goes against us. We can deal with it better before it gets to Harry."

The result was a bitter blow for Burnley, who remain two points above the Premier League relegation zone but have now played a game more than their rivals.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche reacts as Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers looks on. Photo: Reuters
Burnley manager Sean Dyche reacts as Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers looks on. Photo: Reuters

Boss Sean Dyche said: "Mostly you are frustrated but disappointed. To concede a goal that cost you in the dying embers. It was completely avoidable. We didn't need to give the corner away in the first place. We didn't quite get to grips with it in the first half."

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