Leicester got the win they craved over Burnley to mark the anniversary of former owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s death on an emotional day at the King Power Stadium.
Vardy silences Burnley fans
It might be regarded as trivial in the scheme of things but the social media spat between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy had plenty of people engrossed, judging by the millions who commented on it.
With their team winning and life looking good, the Burnley fans decided it was time to enter the debate. After an initial “Rooney” chant failed to catch on, they came up with “Jamie Vardy, your wife is a grass”.
It was amusing but they must have known it had the potential to come back and haunt them.
So it proved as Vardy rose to head home Harvey Barnes’ cross a minute before half-time. Vardy was virtually the length of the pitch away but he looked directly at the corner housing the Burnley fans and cupped his ears in celebration.
Man of the match – Youri Tielemans (Leicester)
‘Key moment went against us’ – what the managers said
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers: “We were keen to make it a celebration. The supporters were incredible. We needed to tap into that emotion, we didn’t in the first half but we were much more aggressive after half-time. Today they made him [Vichai] proud in fighting for the result.
“At Liverpool VAR went against us and cost us. From Sean’s [Dyche] point of view, it will be harsh. There’s an angle where you can see he clips Jonny Evans – the officials have time to asses from every angle and they decided it was a goal.
“Unfortunately it’s something you accept as part of the game. I’m proud of how we won the game today – a tough game, an emotional game.”
Burnley manager Sean Dyche: “I’m very disappointed. I’m a big fan of VAR but it has to be used more wisely than that. Chris Wood only has eyes for the ball and the defender isn’t getting it in a million years. The referee doesn’t even use the screen, he has got to come and look at that and I’d be surprised if he gave it.
“There is contact but we’re talking about people who have been around the game long enough to know what body language means. If you’re going to trip someone there’s that little look and then you clip someone. Hopefully this is an incident that we can learn from.
“We do know there are going to be decisions that are so difficult to decide. We know that, but I don’t think that was difficult today. Jonny Evans was never going to get that. The key moment has gone against us.”
Rodgers continues perfect Burnley record – the stats
- Brendan Rodgers has won all four of his home league matches against Burnley as a manager, winning with four different clubs – Watford in 2009, Swansea in 2010, Liverpool in 2015 and Leicester.
- Leicester have won four consecutive home Premier League matches for the first time since winning five in a row in May 2017.
- Rodgers has won 21 of his past 24 home league matches as manager while at Celtic and Leicester, losing once.
- Since Rodgers’ first Premier League game in charge of Leicester on 3 March, Jamie Vardy has scored 15 Premier League goals – two more than any other player.
- At 21 years and 314 days, Leicester’s Harvey Barnes became the second-youngest player to provide two assists in a Premier League game for the Foxes, behind only Emile Heskey in May 1998 against West Ham.
- This was Burnley’s 100th away Premier League match, but they have won just 16 of those 100 games. Only West Brom (12) have won fewer in their first 100 away games in the competition.
- Six of Dwight McNeill’s eight Premier League assists have been provided for Chris Wood, with all of those goals coming in 2019.