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21:51 1st November 2011


The lights finally went out on Burnley's remarkable mid-week record as Leicester City ended the Clarets' near four-year unbeaten run.

Since QPR took the points in December 2007, Burnley had won 22 and drawn six of their 28 league and cup night-time fixtures.

But with big-spending Leicester finally giving a glimpse of their true potential, that sequence was ended as second-half goals from David Nugent and Paul Gallagher, from the penalty spot, ended Burnley's hopes of a third straight Championship win.

Ross Wallace's third goal during that run kept the Clarets' hopes alive as he quickly cancelled out Paul Konchesky's thundering strike.

And had Charlie Austin or Andre Bikey's seen efforts go in rather than hit the post and get cleared off the line either side of half-time the Clarets may well have avoided a third home defeat.

Instead, Nugent got his customary Turf Moor goal and Leicester got a decisive break with the award of a disuputed penalty which gave them the breathing space to secure a first win since Sven-Goran Eriksson was axed a week ago.

Ross Wallace heads the Clarets level

With Brian Easton failing to shake off a hip injury, the Clarets had gone with the side that set up last Saturday's derby win over Blackpool with Michael Duff returning from injury on the bench.

Duff had started when the two sides last met in April, but with the defender only among the substitutes this time it meant the Clarets had only two members of the team that lost 4-0 at the King Power Stadium in their starting line-up.

Changing times, but it was a blast from the past that made the first impression as Leicesteralmost took an early lead.

Nugent, a reminder of Burnley's Premier League days from his season-long loan from Portsmouth and a scorer here previously for Pompey and Preston, almost did it again when he seized on a misjudgement from David Edgar to power a shot towards the top corner which Lee Grant turned round the post at full stretch.

From the corner that followed Grant made another block, although he knew less about this one as the ball cannoned off Chris McCann towards the Clarets' goal.

Andre Amougou almost puts Burnley in front

Leicester didn't look like a side without an away win in the Championship since their opening game and only a slip at the back from Sol Bamba allowed Burnley an early threat which came to nothing as Jay Rodriguez's weak shot was easily saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

The Foxes picked an attacking line-up with the recalled Steve Howard always prominent and Nugent flashing another effort over the top from a flick-on from the big striker.

But when they did go in front, their opening goal after 20 minutes came from a defender as Konchesky beat Junior Stanislas to a clearance from Edgar to send a vicious curling 25-yarder past Grant and into the top corner.

The Clarets had been second best up to that point but the response they needed came almost immediately and within three minutes they were level.

Wallace doesn't score many headers but the little Scot showed great awareness to nod in after Schmeichel had made a poor attempt at punching clear following a Kieran Trippier throw-in.

Marvin Bartley then launched a storming run which ended with Schmeichel just about managing to save and with the Clarets finishing the half strongly, top scorer Austin was only the width of a post away from making it 2-1 as Bamba got just enough of a deflection on his effort after being released by Rodriguez to keep the ball out of the net.

David Nugent scored again at Turf Moor

The Leicester goal led a charmed life again three minutes into the second half as Amougou met a Wallace corner with a powerful header that Richie Wellens on the line.

But the Foxes weren't content to try and sit on a point and their positive intent was rewarded with 54 minutes gone as Nugent headed the visitors in front for a second time.

Breaking swiftly from half-way, Gallagher delivered the killer cross from Nugent to head back across Grant from the far post to claim his fifth goal of the season.

Amougou countered with a shot on the turn at Schmeichel at the other end but with an hour gone Leicester went 3-1 ahead to leave the Clarets with it all to do.

The impressive Wellens was again the architect, although Amougou could count himself unlucky to concede a penalty as the defender appeared just to stand his ground as Wellens ran into him in the penalty area after releasing the ball.

Andre Amougou can't believe the penalty decision

Referee Geoff Eltringham thought otherwise and gave Gallagher the chance to drill home from the spot.

And although the Clarets tried to engineer a late escape with Austin going close and Rodriguez seeing a shot blocked in front of goal, their proud record could not be retrieved.

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Mee, Edgar, Amougou, Bartley (Duff 90), McCann, Wallace (Hines 78), Rodriguez, Austin, Stanislas (Treacy 68). Subs: Marney, Stewart.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Peltier, Konchesky, Mills, Bamba (St Ledger 83), Gallagher (Schlupp 89), Howard, King, Wellens, Danns (Johnson 81), Nugent. Subs: Beckford, Weale.

Referee: Geoff Eltringham

Attendance: 13,286

Charlie Austin feels the frustration of a near-miss

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