BRAVE GRAY WIN­NER CON­TIN­UES FOXES RE­VIVAL UN­DER PUEL

Sunday Observer - - SPORT - EICESTER - Goal

LDe­marai Gray’s coura­geous early g oal e a r ned Le­ices­ter City a 1-0 home win over Premier League high-fly­ers Burn­ley yes­ter­day, main­tain­ing t hei r mo­men­tum un­der new Man­ager Claude Puel.

The Foxes have now col­lected 11 points from six league games since the French­man’s ap­point­ment as Crai g Shake­speare’s suc­ces­sor, los­ing only to lead- ers Manch­ester City.

Le­ices­ter were in front early in beat­ing Tot­ten­ham 2-1 on Tues­day and the hosts made a sim­i­larly strong start here by scor­ing the open­ing goal af­ter six min­utes at the King Power Sta­dium.

A Riyad Mahrez cross evaded the en­tire Burn­ley back line, with goal­keeper Nick Pope push­ing the ball straight out to Gray, who tapped in his sec­ond Premier League goal of the sea­son, though his mo­men­tum saw him clat­ter into the post. Burn­ley, who had won four of their last five Premier League games, saw their at­tack­ing po­tency se­verely re­stricted by a se­ri­ous-look­ing in­jury suf­fered by Rob­bie Brady, who was taken off on a stretcher, al­though Jo­hann Gud­munds­son wasted a fine sec­ond-half chance to level. Le­ices­ter’s re­vival sees the 2015-16 cham­pi­ons re­main ninth but nar­row the gap to t hose above t hem, hav­ing ex­tended a 10-year un­beaten home record in the league against the Clarets, who drop a place to sev­enth.

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