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Dyche toasts Burnley as Ranieri's Leicester begin to look trapped

Burnley 1-0 Leicester

By Phil Medlicott

Sean Dyche hailed his players as Burnley's run of home victories continued thanks to a controversial late goal from substitute Sam Vokes.

Vokes fired in from close range in the 87th minute to secure the Clarets' seventh successive win at Turf Moor in all competitions and fifth in the league, although replays suggested he may have controlled the ball with his arm before shooting.

Referee Mike Dean, who had earlier waved away notable penalty appeals from both sides, allowed the effort to stand despite the strong protests of Leicester's players.

Dyche said: "I'm very pleased and we deserved it - we were constantly knocking on the door against a good side.

"We finally broke them down and scored a good goal to win it - I think it comes off Sam Vokes' stomach first then his hand."

Joey Barton made his first league start since rejoining the club last month.

"Joey Barton is applying himself well, as he always has done at this club," said Dyche.

Champions Leicester continue to flirt with relegation - they are just two points above the drop zone - and boss Claudio Ranieri said: "The referee is the boss, he didn't see it and we lost - in this moment everything is wrong against us, including the decision of the referee.

"We have a problem scoring goals and we conceded a goal and we have to react.

"Our target from the beginning is 40 points and we have to fight from this point," he added.

The questionable winning goal came at the end of a match Burnley spent much of attacking and had looked set to reflect upon with regret at having not taken their chances.

As it is, their latest victory leaves them ninth in the table, 10 points clear of the drop zone, while the champions - still without an away league win this season - have dropped to 16th and are only two points better off than 18th-placed Crystal Palace.

After a build-up to the transfer deadline day contest that had seen Leicester's Leonardo Ulloa issue an apparent strike threat amid the club rejecting bids for him from Sunderland, it was the Foxes who initially exerted some pressure.

But the hosts - who announced the signing of Ashley Westwood from Aston Villa just before the match, then that of the Republic's Robbie Brady from Norwich during it - soon settled and went on to bag that late winner.

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