Lack of creativity

Burnley’s lack of creativity in their midfield was evident against Leicester as they struggled to break down the 10-man side. Jack Cork and Ashley Westwood have done brilliantly since the turn of the year as a midfield pairing, but they are both very similar. Both had chances yesterday and both didn’t work Kaspar Schmeichel. A midfielder who is a bit different from the two could have been key to getting a result yesterday. Someone with a bit of guile and is able to pop up with an important goal is what Burnley are lacking. Johann Berg Gudmundsson came in to start and he offered more creativity, but the Leicester defence were set-up well and dealt with his crosses well.

Steven Defour can offer this sort of creativity, but the Belgian has struggled badly with injuries this season.

Chris Wood a confidence player?

Chris Wood is a strange sort of player, he’s big and imposing yet many defenders in the Premier League will feel they can bully him and move him off the ball too easily. Wood needs to look at his strike partner, Ashley Barnes, and put himself around a bit more - be more of a nuisance for defenders. When he’s not scoring, it seems as though his confidence in himself drops off a lot and that is when defenders get the better of him. The New Zealander has shown he can score goals in this league and be a threat for his side, but he needs to do it when Burnley are relying on someone to step up. When Burnley were winning games, he was scoring goals, but it’s about who gets them goals when things aren’t going so well for the team.

Dwight McNeil’s most mature performance

After being called up to the England under 20 side for the first time for the upcoming internationals, McNeil put in his most mature display in a Claret shirt against Leicester. He was the man the Burnley players looked to drag them back in to the tie, and that’s exactly what he did when he scored brilliantly with a first time finish across Schmeichel. He almost won it for his side when it was level with 10 minutes to go, but his David Beckham like curling effort went inches wide of the far top corner. It would have been a special goal. It is now up to McNeil to push on even further and impress the England coaching staff when he goes away on international duty.