Burnley 0 Leicester 1: Nugent pounces on bad day for Clarets with Austin sidelined
17:36 GMT, 29 December 2012
17:54 GMT, 29 December 2012
David Nugent's 12th goal of the season was enough to see off Burnley and consolidate Leicester's place in the Championship's play-off zone.
Nugent struck shortly after the half hour as the Clarets' afternoon went from bad to worse.
The hosts had already received a hammer blow when leading scorer Charlie Austin, having passed a late fitness test on a muscle injury, was replaced by Martin Paterson after a mere eight minutes.
Decider: David Nugent (left) scored early on and his goal settled the game
Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Lafferty, Wallace (Vokes 57), Marney, McCann, Treacy (Stock 83), Ings, Austin (Paterson 8).
Subs Not Used: Jensen, Edgar, O'Neill, Bartley.
Booked: Duff, Trippier, Vokes.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, James, Drinkwater, Marshall, Knockaert (Waghorn 61), Dyer (Gallagher 83), Nugent (Futacs 86).
Subs Not Used: Logan, King, Keane, Schlupp.
Booked: Dyer, Drinkwater.
Goals: Nugent 31.
Ref: Michael Naylor (Sheffield).
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And it was testament to Burnley's battling spirits that the Clarets made a real game of it despite the loss of their star man.
In fact, Burnley made the brighter
start of the two sides and Chris McCann tried his luck from distance
after only 11 minutes, only to see his effort go wide.
At the other end, Leicester's Ben
Marshall twice came close, first seeing an effort blocked by Kieran
Trippier and then bringing the best out of Burnley keeper Lee Grant who
tipped his 17th-minute effort round the post.
Paterson brought a save out of Kasper
Schmeichel as the Clarets went toe-to-toe with their promotion-hunting
rivals, while Leicester's Lloyd Dyer also tried his luck in an
end-to-end start at Turf Moor.
The Foxes went into the game without a
goal in three matches, but boss Nigel Pearson's long wait was finally
over after 31 minutes when Nugent struck home from close range following
an assist from Wes Morgan.
The lead could have been doubled just
three minutes later but McCann came to the rescue, blocking an 18-yard
effort from Anthony Knockaert.
Burnley had taken time to recover
their cool after conceding, but eight minutes from the break Danny Ings
just cleared the bar from inside the box to raise home fans' spirits.
Even so, the Clarets could have
conceded a second minutes from half time when Dyer again worked himself a
good shooting opportunity, only to lift his 12-yard effort over the
The Foxes picked up where they had
left off after the interval as Matty James saw Jason Shackell get in the
way of his effort as Pearson's side turned the screw at the start of
the second half.
But Schmeichel had to be at his alert
best to thwart Paterson an equaliser from point-blank range after 59
minutes as Sean Dyche's men sensed at least a point was still there for
The Leicester keeper was again in the
thick of the action with 20 minutes left, this time comfortably saving
an on-target Ings effort from 18 yards.
Livewire Ings then saw an effort
blocked by Liam Moore as Leicester were forced back on the defensive,
Schmeichel then tipping another Paterson attempt round the post as the
Clarets battled to the end.