EPL 2022: Jamie Vardy and James Maddison power Leicester City’s first win of year against Burnley | Football News

Substitutes James Maddison and Jamie Vardy came off the bench to score for Leicester City as they completed Burnley’s minor relegation with a 2-0 win at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Tuesday (March 1). Two wins and a draw in their last three games means Sean Dyche’s Burnley will be out of the bottom three with a win over the Foxes but Brendan Rodgers’ side are the worthy winners.

A double in the 72nd minute gave Leicester an extra level of quality in the final third they needed to finish Burnley. The couple got together for a start when Maddison beat Leicester ahead in the 82nd minute, taking an exit from Vardy and beating Burnley guard Nick Pope with a superb curling shot.

Vardy, who returned to action after two months with a hamstring injury, secured three points with a direct header after being carried off by a perfect cross from Harvey Barnes. Leicester’s first win in 2022 moved them to 12th place on 30 points while Burnley are 18th on 21 points.

“It’s a long time coming. It’s hard to get a big injury. To come back and be involved in both venues and win, it’s very good,” he said. “I came in, trying to do that role that I managed to do and we took those three points. It feels a lot. I think the performance is getting better and better,” he added.

Burnley have the Pope’s caretaker to thank them for keeping them on stage rules for a long time. The England international blocked early efforts from Ricardo Pereira and Patson Daka and then produced a superb save to avoid a Barnes attempt before Leicester took the lead.

Burnley had a lot of pressure but a few more openings with a better world to take the lead against Maxwel Cornet who broke wide when he faced the advancing Kasper Schmeichel. Wout Weghorst lost a big world to equalize after the start of Maddison but sold on the bar in the back post from a corner.

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