The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

we’ve not done this sea­son is win tight games and we’ve done that.

“David Nu­gent would be the first to ad­mit that he prefers play­ing in a 4-42 and we do that the ma­jor­ity of the time but we tried some­thing dif­fer­ent. David worked par­tic­u­larly hard and got his re­ward.”

The game had al­ready got off to a bad start for Burnley as they lost Char­lie Austin to in­jury in­side the open­ing eight min­utes. Martin Pater­son, Danny Ings and Ross Wal­lace all had chances, be­fore Nu­gent put Leicester in front just past the half hour.

Ings fluffed a great chance to equalise when Wal­lace headed on Pater­son's cross from the left be­fore the break.

Leicester sub­sti­tute Marko Fu­tacs was un­for­tu­nate late on as his ef­fort hit the cross­bar, while Lee Grant did well to stop Ben Mar­shall from dou­bling their lead at the death.

Burnley man­ager Sean Dy­che was un­der­stand­ably frus­trated that his side failed to earn a point af­ter cre­at­ing chances against Leicester.

He said: “We could’ve nicked a point but I don’t think we did enough to win the game.

“We didn’t use the ball well enough or keep the ball well enough. We did cre­ate some chances to be fair and we did make a really good one right at the end but with our per­for­mance lev­els I think a point is the best we could've ex­pected.

“It was a really poor goal from our point of view and we've been really good de­fen­sively since I’ve been here. It was a really soft one. I thought both sides were flat in the first half - there was no en­ergy or tempo and it was quite cagey. They con­trolled the ball and kept it slightly bet­ter.

“I be­lieve in the per­for­mance lev­els of the play­ers and it wasn’t there.We were flat in the first half and I thought the whole feel of the game was flat.

“We con­ceded a soft goal, re­sponded but not with the ur­gency we've had lately. We be­lieve we’re build­ing a good thing here, the men­tal­ity of the play­ers is chang­ing, but I was a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed that we didn’t play with that con­fi­dence.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

GOALDEN BOY: David Nu­gent, left, scores the first goal for Leicester

NEW PART­NER: David Nu­gent cel­e­brates

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