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  • April 25, 2015
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Turf Moor, Burnley
  • Referee: A. Taylor
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Burnley 0-1 Leicester City: Vardy punishes Taylor's penalty miss

Burnley survival hopes swung in 60 seconds as Matt Taylor's penalty miss and Jamie Vardy's goal gave Leicester City a crucial 1-0 victory.

Burnley was left to rue Matt Taylor's missed penalty as Leicester City immediately went upfield and sealed a 1-0 win that lifts the Foxes out of the Premier League relegation zone.

Jamie Vardy's goal was enough to give the away side three vital points in Saturday's crucial relegation clash at Turf Moor, as Nigel Pearson's side climbed to 17th on the back of its fourth successive win.

Burnley, meanwhile, remains at the foot of the table, five points from safety.

It could so easily have been a different story. The home side was awarded a spot kick just before the hour mark, only for Taylor - who took the ball ahead of regular penalty taker Danny Ings - to send his effort against the post with Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel diving the wrong way.

A minute later, Leicester took full advantage when Michael Duff turned Marc Albrighton's cross goalwards and Vardy bundled the ball over the line after Tom Heaton's initial save.

It could be a decisive blow for the survival hopes of Sean Dyche's side, which has now failed to score in all five matches since a 1-0 win over reigning champion Manchester City last month.

Burnley grew into the encounter and went close in the 31st minute when Taylor - selected in place of the suspended Ashley Barnes - failed to get a telling touch on Duff's header and Schmeichel clawed the ball away.

Duff got his head to another cross five minutes into the second half, and this time Leonardo Ulloa diverted the ball over the crossbar from just in front of Schmeichel.

That chance came during a period of Burnley dominance, but then in a breathless 60-second spell the game swung in Leicester's favor.

After Ings' drive had been parried by Schmeichel, Taylor took advantage of hesitancy from Paul Konchesky and was felled by the fullback in the area. However, the midfielder slipped slightly in taking the spot kick, which thumped against the right-hand upright and went behind for a goal kick.

Then, as Leicester attacked immediately from the restart, Duff deflected Albrighton's cross and although Heaton just managed to keep it out, Vardy was on hand to knock home the ball on the line.

Burnley threw everything forward in search of an equalizer, but was denied by Schmeichel seven minutes from time. The goalkeeper produced a superb reaction save from Robert Huth's deflection following Ben Mee's driven cross.

Schmeichel made a more routine stop from substitute Ross Wallace three minutes later, as Leicester held on to take another giant step towards safety.

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