FT: Leicester City 4, Burnley 2

Burnley competed well for large parts of their opening Premier League game, but a valiant effort ended in defeat at Leicester City.
Chris Wood puts Burnley aheadChris Wood puts Burnley ahead
Chris Wood puts Burnley ahead

The Clarets took an early lead through former Foxes striker Chris Wood, but the hosts were level at half-time through Burnley-born Harvey Barnes, and netted twice after the break through Timothy Castagne and James Justin.

Premier League debutant Jimmy Dunne pulled one back, before Dennie Praet sealed the points with a late thumper.

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The big news ahead of the game was James Tarkowski's continued absence with what has been explained as a toe injury.

That just ramped up the speculation that the centre back is on his way before the deadline a fortnight tomorrow - and if so, it remains to be seen whether Burnley get what they want for the player, and whether boss Sean Dyche can reinvest any of it on desperately-needed reinforcements.

The paucity of options at his disposal was laid bare on the first game of project restart back in June at Manchester City, but this was next level.

Without injured skipper Ben Mee, Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes, as well as Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Dyche's team effectively picked itself, with Dunne handed a Premier League debut, having previously only played at League 1 and 2, and in the Scottish Premier League.

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His bench had two left backs, a right back, a goalkeeper, central midfielder and a striker - with three of those yet to kick a ball for the first team.

It looked a tall order, to say the least, ahead of kick-off, against a side who finished fifth last term, with the Premier League's top scorer.

The manager; players and fans deserve better than what they are having to contend with at the moment, but the players keep ignoring the outside 'noise' and delivering performances.

They started positively at Leicester, with Robbie Brady playing in Wood over the top, but the former Foxes striker declined the chance to shoot and the opportunity was gone.

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However, he found the back of the net moments later, as Josh Brownhill swept the ball out to Dwight McNeil, who tried to force his way down the left before coming back to Charlie Taylor, whose cross fell to Wood.

Wood took the ball down and volleyed in, and despite home protests of a nudge on Justin, or even a slight handball, the goal stood.

It was the fourth-successive Premier League game he has found the net, matching Sam Vokes' Burnley best.

However, Leicester were level when Barnes slipped the ball through the centre for Jamie Vardy, Taylor went down after colliding with Jimmy Dunne, and Vardy and Castagne combined to find Barnes, who stroked the ball into the far corner.

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Leicester had some joy down their left, and Barnes curled an effort well wide from a swift switch of play from Youri Tielemans, before Taylor blocked from Ayoze Perez.

At the other end, Brady cut across left foot volley after a lovely bit of play between Jay Rodriguez and Taylor, with Kasper Schmeichel making a comfortable save.

Nick Pope had to save well as Barnes again looked for the corner, while Phil Bardsley did well to deny Barnes at the far post.

The luckless Brady was forced off after a foul by Justin, with Erik Pieters coming on on the left of midfield.

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But Burnley went in well in contention after a decent effort considering the circumstances.

However, five minutes after the restart, Burnley's cruel fortunes continued as Tielemans found Castagne with a delightfful pass, and his fellow Belgian's cross-shot deflected in off Pieters, completing deceiving Pope.

Burnley typically responded well, and after a great press, Ashley Westwood found Rodriguez, and he teed up strike partner Wood, but he couldn't generate the purchase to beat Schmeichel.

That miss was punished moments later as Praet and Perez tied the defence in knots, and Justin finished well.

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However, with 18 minutes remaining, McNeil's free kick was met by Dunne, who headed in at the far post for a Premier League debut goal.

Burnley pushed for a leveller, and Pieters headed at goal from a McNeil cross, but it was a comfortable save for Schmeichel.

But Praet sealed the points as he sent McNeil one way, creating the space to smash a superb effort into the top corner.

Burnley still threatened, and Wood hit the post at the death after being fed by substitute Matej Vydra, summing up the Clarets' luck on the night.