IN arguably the biggest clash of the weekend, division leaders Leicester took a decisive step towards the Championship title with a convincing 2-0 victory over second placed Burnley.
However while Leicester celebrated a win which will almost certainly see them return to the Premier League as division champions, it left Burnley glancing nervously over their shoulders at the chasing pack.
The disappointing loss was made worse by news that prolific striker Sam Vokes ruptured a ligament in his knee, limping off the field after only five minutes at Turf Moor last Saturday.
The 24-year-old will join fellow forward Danny Ings on the injury table, with their 40 goals combined accounting for over 60% of Burnley’s goal tally this season.
This setback leaves manager Sean Dyche with Ashley Barnes, who has just one goal in 14 appearances, as his only fit senior striker.
Burnley’s stability and envious luxury to routinely name an unchanged line-up has been the key to their consistent form this campaign, but injuries to their top scorers along with their first defeat at Turf Moor in over a year means their fairy-tale season now hangs in the balance.
Their next two matches are away against a Barnsley outfit, fighting for the lives, who have won their last two and a resurgent Watford, who thumped Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 in their last league outing.
These next two ties will prove crucial to the Clarets’ promotion aspirations and disappointing results could leave chasers QPR and Derby poised to snatch that much sought after second promotion spot which Burnley have held for so long.
Alex Clarke (@alex.clarke881)