Jamie Vardy’s name will be sung throughout Leicester, perhaps for many years. after his goal line tap-in lifted Leicester into 17th place with a impossible to understate 1-0 win at Burnley on Saturday.
Moments after Turf Moor erupted in expectation of its own lead as Matt Taylor lined up for a penalty kick only to hit the post, Vardy beat Tom Heaton to his own diving rebound to give the Foxes a lead.
Nigel Pearson was fired last month, or so we were led to believe. Now his Foxes have escaped the drop zone with a dramatic win at Turf Moor in a critical six-pointer.
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Kasper Schmeichel made several fine saves to preserve the three points for Leicester, who is a point ahead of Sunderland, while Burnley sinks to the bottom of the Premier League. The Clarets are five points away from the safe zone with four to play.
Heaton, for his part, kept Burnley alive for the duration of the contest.
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Then… the pen. Taylor had the chance to lift Burnley in front, but slipped on the follow through of his spot kick. The ball went in the right direction but hit the outside of the post and bobbled out of play.
What followed was the insult to the injury, as Michael Duff almost put an own goal past goalkeeper Heaton, only to see Jamie Vardy poke the loose ball over the goal line. Leicester had gone from surely down 1-0 to up by the same score in a minute’s time.
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Burnley: Heaton; Trippier, Duff, Shackell (c), Mee; Boyd (Wallace, 71′), Arfield, Jones, Taylor (Kightly, 86′); Jutkiewicz (Sordell, 71′), Ings.
Leicester City: Schmeichel, Wasilewski, Huth, Morgan (c), Albrighton (De Laet, 72′), King, Cambiasso, Drinkwater (James, 77′), Konchesky, Vardy, Ulloa (Kramaric, 65′).
Goal: Vardy (65′)