Leicester’s Dennis Praet urges team to keep momentum after midfielder’s stunning strike seals win over Burnley

Leicester’s Dennis Praet has urged the Foxes to maintain their impressive early-season form.

The midfielder scored in Sunday’s 4-2 win over Burnley, which sent Brendan Rodgers’ side top of the Premier League after their opening two games.

Harvey Barnes’ strike and Erik Pieters’ own goal cancelled out Chris Wood’s early opener before James Justin added a third for Leicester.

Praet’s late rocket completed the scoring after Jimmy Dunne had pulled a goal back and the midfielder is eager to keep the momentum.

“It was a good performance,” he told the club’s website. “It’s always a tough game against Burnley, so we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We did very well.

“We are really happy with our start and now we just have to continue this way. We know Burnley is a tough team and I think we have to work on the goals we gave, we conceded two goals.

“That’s something that we have to work on, but we created enough chances to win the game.”

Dunne’s header made it 3-2 before Praet wrapped up the points, with the Clarets defender netting on his Premier League debut.

The 22-year-old was on loan at Fleetwood last season and started with Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski missing due to a toe injury.

“I was delighted enough as it was to get a starting place in a game like this, obviously being important at the start of the season for us,” Dunne told the club’s official site.

“To get a goal is overwhelming, in some ways. The result didn’t go as planned, but there’s lots to take away from it and lots to learn.

“As happy as I am, the result’s a little bit disappointing and a lot to improve on. I’m very lucky to have the experienced players around me at the club who often talk to me and lead me through it, so I’m very fortunate to have that.

“The gaffer was a centre-back and I’ve got James Tarkowski, Ben Mee – the skipper – and I get to play alongside an Irish international in [Kevin] Long, so I’m very fortunate in that way. I’ve got all the guidance I need.”

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