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Saturday 4 October 2014 | King Power Stadium | Referee: Phil Dowd | Attendance 31,448

  • Jeffrey Schlupp (33)
  • Riyad Mahrez (40)
2 - 2
  • Michael Kightly (39)
  • Ross Wallace (90+6)

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Ross Wallace rescued a point for Burnley with a stunning stoppage-time free-kick to earn a 2-2 draw at Leicester City on Saturday.

Substitute Wallace curled in a fine 96th-minute set-piece from the edge of the penalty area that gave Kasper Schmeichel no chance and ensured that Sean Dyche's men secured their fourth draw of the Barclays Premier League season.

With one minute of the seven added minutes to go Leicester looked on the verge of victory thanks to Riyad Mahrez who created one and scored the other.

The Algeria international forward shone on his return to the starting line-up and set up Jeffrey Schlupp's opener before edging the home side back in front after Michael Kightly had ended Burnley's goal drought to level.

But Wallace had the final say as his exquisite effort earned a share of the spoils.

The point extends Leicester's unbeaten home start in the league to four matches, while Burnley climb off the foot of the table at the expense of Queens Park Rangers.

Both sides made two changes following defeats last weekend with Schlupp and Mahrez both drafted into the Leicester starting XI, while Ashley Barnes and Stephen Ward came in for Burnley.

A spritely start from the visitors failed to produce a clear goal-scoring opportunity and Mahrez sparked Leicester into life with an 18th-minute effort that began inside his own half. Having escaped the attention of three defenders, Mahrez raced towards the Burnley box before unleashing a low shot that goalkeeper Tom Heaton pushed away.

Leicester's pressure eventually told after 33 minutes to kick-start a frantic seven-minute period. Mahrez was given time to deliver a low cross from the right that found Schlupp in the penalty area and the 21-year-old made no mistake with a first-time finish past Heaton.

Burnley, though, were not behind for long as they finally broke their 565-minute goal drought courtesy of Kightly. The winger got on the end of a Lukas Jutkiewicz knockdown to bundle past Schmeichel from close range.

Burnley's joy was short-lived as Leicester went straight down the other end to re-take the lead.

Jamie Vardy found room on the left of Burnley's penalty area and his cross was deflected off Jason Shackell's heel to the back post where the unmarked Mahrez headed home.

Jutkiewicz had the best chance at the start of the second half as the striker met a Ben Mee cross after 58 minutes but, having beaten his marker, glanced his header wide of Schmeichel's goal.

Chances were at a premium after the break with the quality in the final third lacking from both sides.

One of the very few chances fell to Burnley substitute Marvin Sordell, who very nearly caught Schmeichel out having been released behind the Leicester defence, but the Denmark goalkeeper was quick off his line and able to clear the danger.

Burnley continued to push for an equaliser and Jutkiewicz was inches away from his first competitive goal for the club on 74 minutes with a curling effort that flew just wide.

An injury to Kieran Trippier appeared to add to a disappointing day for Dyche's men when the full-back was carried off the pitch in the closing minutes with an ankle problem. However, in the period of stoppage time added on because of Trippier's injury, Wallace placed his free-kick perfectly to beat Schmeichel and secure a point.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "It's disappointing to drop points so late in the game. The bottom line is we have to see games through. It's frustrating, we deserved to win."

"It's a game we should have won, but we were unable to make our dominance count. I felt we were the better side, so it's two points dropped.

"It's nice to see that we have options that allow us to play different systems. We're moving forward with a quality group."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "I thought they were terrific from start to finish, it was the least we deserved. There were two sloppy moments, certainly the second goal in particular, but I thought they were absolute excellent.

"It was much more of a reminder what we're about because we've only come away from it once, last Sunday [a 4-0 defeat at West Brom], when we didn't look at it. This was completely different. We started with a will and demand, some good play, we looked effective going forward, we looked solid, mostly, although we were disappointed with the two goals.

"The manner was back, the way we go about our business, the demand, the tempo and the belief in the play.

"It's a tremendous thing to see when you see a group who were not as strong as we could be. We've got injuries and challenges."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Kasper Schmeichel 4.0 6.19
18. Liam Moore 6.0 5.43
5. Wes Morgan 8.0 5.66
2. Ritchie de Laet 6.0 5.56
3. Paul Konchesky 3.33 5.12
4. Daniel Drinkwater 6.5 5.85
7. Dean Hammond 6.0 5.72
26. Riyad Mahrez 6.33 5.18
15. Jeffrey Schlupp 6.33 5.03
9. Jamie Vardy 4.67 7.12
23. Leonardo Ulloa 8.0 7.07
Substitutes All Fans BFR
35. David Nugent - 6.32
10. Andy King - 5.4
39. Chris Wood - 5.88
24. Anthony Knockaert - 5.2
12. Ben Hamer - 5.21
8. Matthew James - 4.39
27. Marcin Wasilewski - 4.46
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Tom Heaton 6.0 5.62
4. Michael Duff 4.0 4.78
5. Jason Shackell 5.0 5.14
2. Kieran Trippier 5.0 5.24
6. Ben Mee 4.0 4.65
21. George Boyd 3.0 5.61
23. Stephen Ward 4.0 5.14
37. Scott Arfield 5.0 5.26
11. Michael Kightly 3.0 3.81
19. Lukas Jutkiewicz 6.0 4.99
30. Ashley Barnes 4.0 5.48
Substitutes All Fans BFR
3. Daniel Lafferty - 6.0
33. Steven Hewitt - -
7. Ross Wallace - 4.19
22. Matthew Gilks - 3.92
28. Kevin Long - 4.18
25. Michael Keane - 3.1
17. Marvin Sordell - 4.31

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