Europe beckons for Burnley after overseeing Leicester

  • Europe beckons for Burnley after overseeing Leicester

Europe beckons for Burnley after overseeing Leicester

All Whites striker Chris Wood scored for Burnley in a 2-1 victory over his former side, Leicester, in the English Premier League, on Sunday morning (NZ time). Five-and-a-half years ago we were 16th in the Championship. The Magpies have clawed their way back following a disastrous start to the season (just four wins from their first 18 games, including a run of one point from nine games from October to December) and are all but mathematically safe from relegation after knocking off fellow relegation battlers Southampton and Huddersfield Town, as well as eighth-place Leicester City.

"We're in very good shape", he said.

"Yes. Of course it is a decisive game, an important game".

"I thought (we had) a very fast start, a pretty decent first half, and then second half we started well, but 2-0 is a amusing scoreline, especially at this stage of the season". He has netted in each of his last three games, taking his tally for the season up to 19, in all competitions. I got on really well with the players, the staff, the owners are great as well. I'm not going to go there, there's no point.

Leicester boss Claude Puel, meanwhile, felt Ashley Barnes should have been shown red rather than yellow for a challenge on Kasper Schmeichel that meant the goalkeeper had to be replaced. N'Koudou would be lucky to have another Premier League club try to sign him in the summer so a move back to France may be in the offing.

The Burnley manager added: "There have been some tough times in these parts, both at the club and in the area, generally and it's bringing a smile to a lot of faces. They deserve it", said the Frenchman. It was insane to have all the chances and to finish with one goal.

Gareth Southgate was among the crowd and the England manager would again have been impressed by Pope, who saved from Vardy in the 62nd minute as Leicester created their first real opening of the second half and proved a safe pair of hands all afternoon.

"At the beginning we made things easy for the opposition".

With four remaining fixtures they moved six points clear of the bottom three following two first-half goals from Wilfried Zaha and another from James Tomkins, also moving above Swansea and up to 16th. "For me it's not a fair result but I would like to send all my congratulations to Sean and his squad".