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Nick Pope hails 'massive' win against Leicester as Burnley end four-match losing run

England goalkeeper saves a penalty from Vardy in a fine overall performance at Turf Moor

Nick Pope was the star for Burnley in the win against Leicester City. Getty Images
Nick Pope was the star for Burnley in the win against Leicester City. Getty Images

Nick Pope described Burnley's comeback 2-1 win over Leicester City as "massive" after the goalkeeper played an integral role in ending his side's four-match losing streak on Sunday.

Leicester, third in the Premier League table, took a lead into the half-time break after Harvey Barnes' 33rd-minute goal. However, Chris Wood pulled Burnley level in the 56th-minute before Ashley Westwood scored with a stunning strike to give the hosts the lead at Turf Moor.

"I don't get many, it is something I have to add to my game," Westwood told Sky Sports after scoring his first goal of the season. "But it's all about working hard, the team spirit came out in the end and it's a great win for us."

Before Westwood's match-winning finish, Leicester had the chance to re-take the lead from the penalty spot, only for Pope to palm away Jamie Vardy's effort. The save was part of a fine overall performance from the England goalkeeper, who made seven saves in total.

"It's a massive win for us. The lads worked so hard and the atmosphere was electric," Pope told Sky Sports. "You go on bad runs during the season so to snap them quickly is important. To lose four on the spin is hard, but to go a goal down and react like we did against a good team like is great."

The win lifts Burnley to 14th in the Premier League standings, five points clear of the relegation zone, and gives Sean Dyche's team a huge confidence boost ahead of their trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Wednesday night.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers felt his team deserved more from the match and refused to blame Vardy's penalty miss for the defeat.

"I felt we were the better team throughout," Rodgers told the BBC. "But then in the second half, we stopped playing and stopped taking the ball, which led to pressure and the corner and we concede from that.

"We still carved out plenty of chances and their keeper made a number of great saves. The real disappointment is the [second] goal we concede. Westwood had more of a desire to score than we did to track the run. From that we just couldn't get back in the game."

On Vardy's penalty miss, Rodgers said: "When you are a penalty taker you are going to miss some, but he has been amazing since I've been at the club in terms of his goalscoring and his creativity."

Updated: January 19, 2020 09:23 PM

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