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Morgan grabs late winner for 10-man Leicester at Burnley

Wes Morgan (centre) has scored three goals in his past four matches for Leicester City

Wes Morgan scored a dramatic late winner for Leicester City, who beat relegation-threatened Burnley despite playing much of the game with 10 men.

The Foxes had Harry Maguire sent off within four minutes for bringing down Johann Berg Gudmundsson when he was clean through on goal.

Despite their one-man disadvantage, Leicester took the lead from a James Maddison free-kick after he was brought down by James Tarkowski, while Dwight McNeil levelled soon after.

But the visitors left it late and scored against the run of play when substitute Morgan headed home from Youri Tielemans' cross.

The result means Burnley remain in 17th place in the Premier League and keep their two-point cushion over 18th-placed Cardiff City, but Sean Dyche's side have played one game more than the Bluebirds.

Leicester, meanwhile, are in 10th place and have crossed the 40-point mark with seven games of the season remaining.

It looked to be a long afternoon for the visitors after Maguire's early dismissal and Burnley looked more likely to find a winner in a wet and windy second half.

But it was Leicester who picked up the points in a stunning finale after Burnley failed to clear a last-ditch Foxes corner and an unmarked Tielemans was allowed to cross for Morgan's winner.

An assured visiting performance

Brendan Rodgers has now won two of his three games in charge of Leicester City

Since Brendan Rodgers was appointed by Leicester City on 26 February, they have won three out of four Premier League games, more than they had in their final eight games under Claude Puel.

However, when Maguire was sent off so soon into the game, it looked like it would be a tough task to seal another victory, this time away from home against a side who are battling to stay in the division.

Going into the game, Leicester had conceded more goals in the opening 15 minutes than any other side in the Premier League this season, so it looked likely that they might struggle. But Rodgers' side remained composed.

A central midfield pairing of Maddison and Tielemans enabled them to press on the counter while a resolute backline kept the hosts pressed back despite having most of the possession.

It was yet another win for Rodgers against Burnley - he has now masterminded victories against the Clarets with four teams. And this was a stylish performance while under pressure.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 26BardsleyBooked at 36mins
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6Mee
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Berg GudmundssonSubstituted forBradyat 79'minutes
  • 18Westwood
  • 4Cork
  • 31McNeilSubstituted forVydraat 90+1'minutes
  • 11WoodSubstituted forCrouchat 70'minutes
  • 10Barnes

Substitutes

  • 2Lowton
  • 12Brady
  • 13Hendrick
  • 14Gibson
  • 15Crouch
  • 20Hart
  • 27Vydra

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 14Ricardo Pereira
  • 6Evans
  • 15MaguireBooked at 4mins
  • 3Chilwell
  • 25Ndidi
  • 7GraySubstituted forMorganat 6'minutes
  • 21Tielemans
  • 10MaddisonBooked at 34minsSubstituted forFuchsat 64'minutes
  • 19BarnesSubstituted forMendyat 77'minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 5Morgan
  • 8Iheanacho
  • 12Ward
  • 20Okazaki
  • 24Mendy
  • 28Fuchs
  • 31Ghezzal
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
20,719

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Burnley 1, Leicester City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Leicester City 2.

Attempt blocked. Peter Crouch (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Tom Heaton (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

Attempt saved. Matej Vydra (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Matej Vydra replaces Dwight McNeil.

Goal!

Goal! Burnley 1, Leicester City 2. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) header from very close range to the top left corner following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Ben Mee.

Dwight McNeil (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City).

Attempt missed. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Dwight McNeil (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Fuchs (Leicester City).

Foul by Peter Crouch (Burnley).

Christian Fuchs (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

James Tarkowski (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

Attempt missed. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jack Cork with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Robbie Brady replaces Johann Gudmundsson.

Johann Gudmundsson (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christian Fuchs (Leicester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Nampalys Mendy replaces Harvey Barnes.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Jonny Evans.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Peter Crouch replaces Chris Wood.

Foul by Dwight McNeil (Burnley).

Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Burnley. Dwight McNeil tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Wes Morgan.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Christian Fuchs replaces James Maddison.

Attempt missed. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Cork.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match James Maddison (Leicester City) because of an injury.

Offside, Burnley. Ashley Barnes tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

Offside, Burnley. Ben Mee tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

Attempt saved. James Maddison (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Youri Tielemans.

Attempt missed. Ashley Westwood (Burnley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Jack Cork (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

Attempt blocked. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Wood with a headed pass.

Dwight McNeil (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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