Wednesday 16 August 2017

Vardy closes in on record

West Brom 2 Leicester City 3

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game with his teammates
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring his side's third goal of the game with his teammates
West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino and Leicester City's N'Golo Kante battle for the ball

Nick Mashiter

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri believes Jamie Vardy has proved he can be among the best in the world after the striker's latest heroics.

The England forward scored for the eighth successive league game to make it 11 goals for the season. He is just two games away from equalling Ruud van Nistelrooy's league record, set at Manchester United in 2003.

The comeback victory, after Salomon Rondon's opener, sent Leicester third and they remain unbeaten away from home having lost just once in the league this season.

Ranieri said: "Jamie is just starting his career now. He comes from non-league but for him it is not too late to arrive at a high, high level. I wish all the best for him.

"I have a very good feeling now, not only with the strikers or only with Vardy. I feel very good here at Leicester with the chairman, with the family of the chairman, with all my staff, with all our players, all our fans. It is fantastic, there is a good electricity. It's one of the best atmospheres I've had at any club. I am a very lucky man to be here."

Riyad Mahrez turned the game when two quickfire goals made it 2-1 in the second half before Vardy's strike, although winger Mahrez was offside for his second. It was the sixth time the Foxes have come from behind this season and they have won 10 points from losing positions.

Ranieri added: "I know with Leicester they never finish the match, we only finish when the referee whistles. I believe everything is possible with this team. My stress levels are okay. We know it's difficult to win here."

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