Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Hamza Choudhury handed start as Leicester City visit Burnley

Hamza Choudhury handed start as Leicester City visit Burnley

Burnley started the English Premier League as one of the favorites for relegation and will likely finish it with a place in the Europa League. Five-and-a-half years ago we were 16th in the Championship.

Pope could do little as Vardy reduced Leicester's deficit in the second period, but the 25-year-old was a commanding presence in what threatened to be a nervy final 20 minutes for the home side.

The Foxes will arrive in Lancashire knowing they could close the gap on Sean Dyche's men to just three points in the hunt for seventh place in the Premier League standings.

"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.

If there have been any second thoughts about whether a European adventure is really what Burnley want at this stage of their development, then those doubts clearly do not extend to the players judging by their lightning start.

"I thought (we had) a very fast start, a pretty decent first half, and then second half we started well, but 2-0 is a amusing scoreline, especially at this stage of the season".

"It's hard to accept but, I repeat, Burnley deserve it". It is hard because we lose our run for the Europa League but congratulations to Burnley.

Leicester boss Claude Puel, meanwhile, felt Ashley Barnes should have been shown red rather than yellow for a challenge on Kasper Schmeichel that meant the goalkeeper had to be replaced. "I think except the first 10 minutes it was a good performance".

"The Under-23s won 4-0 against Liverpool, 3-1 against Arsenal, with fantastic play, with fantastic goals and I think it's a good evolution for all the squad, all the Club, because we try to give direction and a good philosophy of play for the Academy and for the first team". It was insane to have all the chances and to finish with one goal.

With four remaining fixtures they moved six points clear of the bottom three following two first-half goals from Wilfried Zaha and another from James Tomkins, also moving above Swansea and up to 16th.

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