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Football news - Leicester held to stalemate by Burnley on emotional day at the King Power Stadium

Leicester held to stalemate by Burnley on emotional day at the King Power Stadium

10/11/2018 at 16:02Updated 10/11/2018 at 20:06

Premier League, King Power Stadium - Leicester 0-0 Burnley

Leicester were held to a 0-0 draw by Burnley in the first game at the King Power since the helicopter crash that killed five people including Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

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On an emotional day, the Foxes were without Harry Maguire due to a knee injury but he was among those who completed a walk to the stadium in memory of the former chairman before the game.

The home side, who were also without the injured James Maddison, were unfortunate not to take the lead in the first half with Rachid Ghezzal rattling the crossbar with a header and Jamie Vardy having an effort cleared off the line.

Leicester City's English striker Jamie Vardy reacts during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Burnley

Leicester City's English striker Jamie Vardy reacts during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and BurnleyGetty Images

But they continued to defend well in the second half despite losing Steven Defour to an apparent knee injury.

The Clarets threw on Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick and Ashley Barnes in search of a goal but carved out few opportunities.

Claude Puel’s side continued to dominate and despite introducing Kelechi Iheanacho and Shinji Okazaki in the latter stages they were unable to break the deadlock for the first time this season.

TALKING POINT

A fitting tribute to Vichai and the victims of the helicopter tragedy a fortnight ago

The result of this game was always going to be secondary to the moving occasion of the players returning to their home ground for the first time.

An image of Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is displayed on the screen inside the stadium as a rainbow is seen over the stadium

An image of Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is displayed on the screen inside the stadium as a rainbow is seen over the stadiumGetty Images

From the scarves and tissues given out to fans, inviting former managers to the game and the way players like Harry Maguire and Kasper Schmeichel have conducted themselves in such harrowing circumstances, the club deserve tremendous credit for the way they have handled honouring the victims in such a classy way.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Matthew Lowton (Burnley): He pulled off a brilliant goal line clearance and his positional play was impressive. Any one of the Burnley back four or Joe Hart could have been man of the match after a solid display. For a side that conceded 13 goals in their previous 3 games, this was more of the Clarets from last season in nullifying the threat of Vardy.

PLAYER RATINGS

LEICESTER CITY : Schmeichel 6, Ricardo 5, Morgan 6, Evans 5, Chilwell 6, Gray 6, Ndidi 7, Mendy 5, Albrighton 5, Ghezzal 5, Vardy 6. Subs: Iheanacho 5, Okazaki n/a, Soyuncu n/a.

BURNLEY: Hart 8, Lowton 9, Long 7, Mee 8, Taylor 8, Lennon 5, Cork 6, Defour 6, Gudmundsson 5, Vokes 4, Wood 5. Subs: Hendrick 5, Brady 5, Barnes n/a

KEY MOMENTS:

14’ - CLOSE! Vardy wins a corner which is fired in low by Albrighton and is put behind for another corner. This time Mee clears it away with a header. Albrighton sends it back in, Hart palms it into the path of Vardy whose shot is cleared off the line by Lowton, great defending!

21’ - WOODWORK! Albrighton pings in a cross for Ghezzal whose header rattles the bar!

49’ - CHANCE! Gray bursts towards the area, his cross falls to Albrighton on the edge of the area whose deflected effort is blocked by Hart.

63’ - CLOSE! Evans with a header at the back post which is palmed behind by Hart, that looked to be hitting the post. From the corner, it falls to Ndidi whose drive is diverted behind for another corner.

90’+3 - SO CLOSE! Chilwell's cross finds Okazaki whose header goes narrowly wide.

KEY STATS

Leicester City are unbeaten at home against Burnley in eight league matches since a 1-0 Championship defeat in November 2007.

Burnley have only won once in nine league away games.

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