Photos: Leicester City 2, Burnley 2
The Clarets brought an end to their highly-publicised goal drought in the 2-2 draw against Leicester City but still surpassed a club record that had stood for 44 years.
Michael Kightly, who signed on a permanent basis from Stoke City in the summer, was the man that struck to end a sequence of 655 minutes without a goal in all competitions.
However, such profligacy extended beyond a spell under manager Jimmy Adamson in the 1970/71 season when a John Roberts own goal in a 2-1 loss to Arsenal at Turf Moor stopped the rot after 651 minutes.
In response to the 4-0 thumping at the hands of West Brom at the Hawthorns, Sean Dyche one again made changes as Steven Reid and Ross Wallace made way for Stephen Ward and Ashley Barnes.
And it started wello for the Clarets inside the opening half-hour of the fixture at the King Power Stadium as they promoted the ‘balance’ that Dyche is keen to perfect.
While restricting the hosts, the Clarets found the freedom to work openings of their own. The first was worked from Ben Mee’s full-back position, and once played infield Kightly supplied a pass behind Liam Moore for Lukas Jutkiewicz who pulled an effort wide of the far post.
After referee Phil Dowd stamped his authority on the Premier League clash with the contentious booking of Ward, who obstructed Jeff Schlupp, Danny Drinkwater’s daisy-cutter was comfortably gathered by Tom Heaton.
The Foxes, who recently hammered Manchester United 5-3 on home soil, did press and forced a cluster of opportunities midway through the half.
Jamie Vardy won a corner when his acrobatic volley deflected wide off Mee and from Riyad Mahrez’s resulting set-piece Drinkwater’s drive was blocked by Michael Duff while Dean Hammond lashed the follow-up wide of the upright.
Soon after the troublesome Mahrez averted a number of challenges before forcing Heaton in to a fine fingertip save with a low left-footed drive from the edge of the box.
At the other end Barnes fired wide of the near post after robbing Hammond of possession and then tested Kasper Schmeichel from distance with the goalkeeper claiming at the second attempt.
The Clarets were undone by set-pieces in defeat to the Baggies last week, and Mahrez’s corner almost added to the headache when Morgan’s header was blocked by Mee before his central defensive partner Moore flicked the rebound wide from close range.
The breakthrough arrived in the 33rd minute when Mahrez’s pull back through the legs of Mee was swept past Heaton by Schlupp from the edge of the six-yard box.
Kightly’s equaliser arrived six minutes later, though it was a long time coming for the Clarets. Ward’s centre was headed clear by Morgan, Arfield’s return was cushioned down by the head of Jutkiewicz and Kightly reacted quicker than Schmeichel to poke the ball in to the corner.
That joy was severely short-lived, though. Within a minute the home side were back in front. Schlupp and Vardy combined down the left to pull the visitors out of shape and the latter’s cross ricocheted off the boot of Jason Shackell and sat up perfectly for Mahrez to head Nigel Pearson’s side back in to the lead at the far post.
After the break the Clarets showed admirable character, brimming with belief, desire and ambition, to snatch a late point.
Goalmouth action was few and far between, but it was the Clarets who created the more genuine openings. Dyche’s intent was signalled when Marvin Sordell replaced George Boyd.
In fact it was in the 75th minute when Jutkiewicz swivelled past Moore on the angle of the penalty area from Arfield’s flick to whip a shot that whistled past the far post.
The former Boro striker then volleyed in to the arms of Schmeichel moments later when Morgan’s header from Heaton’s clearance fell kindly for him.
Winger Ross Wallace was introduced as a 79th minute substitute at the expense of Kightly - and he would go on to play a huge role.
After Heaton tipped Moore’s header wide, the fourth official indicated a minimum of seven minutes of time added on to be played. And the equaliser came deep inside that period.
Barnes’s shot was blocked desperately by Morgan and Foxes substitute Matty James felled Arfield 20 yards from goal as the midfielder reclaimed possession.
Up stepped Wallace with an exquisitely delicate free-kick over the wall that floated over Schmeichel and in to the net much to the delight of more than 2,000 travelling supporters tucked away in a corner of the stadium.
Dyche, however, will now wait for the prognosis on Kieran Trippier’s injury after the full back went over awkwardly on his ankle in a collision with Schlupp with less than five minutes of normal time remaining.