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Leicester subs get the job done at Burnley

James Maddison and Jamie Vardy have both came off the bench to deliver Leicester’s first Premier League win of 2022 as late goals accounted for Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor.

Vardy, back from a hamstring injury, set up the first on 82 minutes as he laid the ball off for Maddison to bend the ball beyond the excellent Nick Pope.

And Vardy got his first goal in the league since November in the final minute, left alone at the far post to head home Harvey Barnes’ cross.

It was no coincidence that this was Leicester’s first league win since Vardy’s last appearance, the 1-0 victory over Liverpool on December 28.

This has not been a good season by the Foxes’ recent high standards but a win rate of 40 per cent when Vardy starts drops to 12.5 per cent without him.

A first-half Maxwel Cornet strike for Burnley was ruled out for offside and, with Kasper Schmeichel barely tested otherwise, this was a first clean sheet away from home in the league this season.

While Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers could start looking up again as his side went 12th, Burnley missed the chance to move out of the bottom three as the recent momentum — seven points from three games — was halted.

Despite their best efforts, the Foxes were continually frustrated by their hosts until Rodgers made a double substitution in the 72nd with Vardy and Maddison introduced.

The pair made an immediate difference and it was no surprise that they linked up for opener in the 82nd before Vardy wrapped up proceedings with his ninth league goal of the campaign.

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