Leicester’s emo­tional re­turn, big wins for Cardiff, Newcastle

Leicester fans, play­ers pay tribute to late owner as match ends in goal­less draw

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Leicester City play­ers and fans paid a fond tribute to Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha yes­ter­day be­fore the team were held to a 0-0 draw in the Premier League by Burnley in their first home game since the club owner’s death in a he­li­copter crash.

While it was nat­u­rally a day of high emo­tion at the King Power Sta­dium, else­where in Eng­land’s top-flight there were big wins for strug­gling Cardiff City, who beat Brighton & Hove Al­bion 2-1, and Newcastle United, 2-1 win­ners over Bournemouth.

Leicester sup­port­ers and squad mem­bers, in­clud­ing in­jured Eng­land de­fender Harry Maguire, led a march from the city cen­tre to the sta­dium where hun­dreds of Leicester shirts, flags and ban­ners were laid around the pitch.

Vichai’s son Aiyawatt and for­mer Leicester man­agers Clau­dio Ranieri and Nigel Pear­son were among the crowd, who ob­served a two-minute si­lence be­fore kick off.

Af­ter the match, Leicester mid­fielder Marc Al­brighton ex­plained how it had been one of the most dif­fi­cult games of his ca­reer.

“This week has been hard. We went to Thai­land and paid our re­spects to Vichai and his fam­ily,” Al­brighton said.

“It is some­thing we felt we wanted to do. It is a tough time for ev­ery­one but ev­ery­one has done their part. Every sin­gle per­son at this club has stuck to­gether.”

“It’s ex­tra­or­di­nary the way the fans have come to­gether. Leicester fans have been bril­liant for us and we need them. It’s go­ing to be a tough road. The lads are emo­tion­ally drained.

“To­day was one of the hard­est games I have ever played. It’s hard to fo­cus.”

Leicester man­ager Claude Puel was proud of his play­ers and praised their pro­fes­sion­al­ism in han­dling the oc­ca­sion.

“We were un­lucky but I was proud of the play­ers’ per­for­mance be­cause they gave their best in this sit­u­a­tion,” said Puel. Cardiff cel­e­brated only their sec­ond league win of the sea­son as Sol Bamba net­ted a dra­matic stop­page-time win­ner to seal their win over 10-man Brighton.

Lewis Dunk fired Brighton ahead but Cal­lum Pater­son brought the home side level be­fore Cardiff made the most of Dale Stephens’ first-half send­ing off.

Bamba’s goal made it an an­niver­sary to re­mem­ber for man­ager Neil Warnock in his 100th game in charge.

“I didn’t even re­alise it was my 100th game un­til yes­ter­day. Then, it will be about my 70th birth­day (at the start of December),” Warnock said. “But I don’t feel it and I feel re­ally proud to be man­ager of this group.”

While Cardiff are still 18th on eight points, Newcastle recorded con­sec­u­tive league wins for the first time since April, as Salomon Rondon scored a brace in their win to move out of the bot­tom three on to nine points. Jef­fer­son Lerma net­ted a goal back on the stroke of half-time but Ed­die Howe’s sixth-placed side failed to find an equaliser and suf­fered a ma­jor in­jury blow when Adam Smith was car­ried off with sus­pected knee lig­a­ment dam­age.

Southamp­ton striker Char­lie Austin was left fum­ing with of­fi­cials af­ter they dis­al­lowed what he felt was a clear goal dur­ing the 1-1 draw with Watford which left the Saints still strug­gling on eight points.

Ref­eree Si­mon Hooper be­lieved, in­cor­rectly, that the ball had gone in off Saints’ Maya Yoshida, who was off­side.

Apichet Sri­vad­dhanaprabha (L) and Aiyawatt Sri­vad­dhanaprabha, the sons of Leicester City’s late Thai chair­man Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha, ap­plaud the fans fol­low­ing the English Premier League foot­ball match be­tween Leicester City and Burnley at King Power Sta­dium in Leicester yes­ter­day.

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