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Vardy keeps Leicester's Premier ambitions alive

West Brom 2 Leicester City 3

John Percy

Published 13/04/2015 | 02:30

Leicester's Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring the winner late on at The Hawthorns
Leicester's Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring the winner late on at The Hawthorns
Jamie Vardy shoots to score Leicester's third goal past an outstretched Joleon Lescott
West Brom's Claudio Yacob gets to the ball ahead of Leicester's Matthew James
Boaz Myhill of West Brom nearly clashes with Joleon Lescott of West Brom as he defends
Robert Huth scores the equalising goal for Leicester making it 2-2

After scoring a dramatic winner, Jamie Vardy must have thought his day could not get any better.

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But on his return to the Leicester City dressing room, he was told he had won the squad's sweepstake on the Grand National.

The news completed another memorable afternoon for the forward who was playing non-League football less than three years ago.

Vardy's brilliant individual goal will lift Leicester spirits ahead of the final furlong of a difficult season and Nigel Pearson's hopes of another successful escape mission remain alive.

"Winning the sweepstake was nice but three points were the main thing and we're still fighting to be in the Premier League next season," Vardy said.

"We feel like we belong here. We've all been running ourselves in the ground and not getting the points we deserve in games, but on Saturday it went our way.

"We're only three points behind Hull now," he added.

It was only Vardy's third goal of the season but it proved why rival managers such as West Bromwich Albion's Tony Pulis have been watching him with interest for some time.

Pearson has seven games remaining to pull off an unlikely escape, with five of those at home. He said: "We don't have a lot of margin for error. It's better than it was two weeks ago but we can't spend too much time patting ourselves on the back."

Defensive calamities are not usually associated with a Pulis team, but all three goals were avoidable.

David Nugent scored Leicester's first, after Darren Fletcher's header, before Craig Gardner hooked Albion ahead for a second time.

Yet Robert Huth's header 10 minutes from time was an inevitable equaliser.

In added time, Vardy broke to score with a low shot.

Pulis admitted some players will have suffered a "rude awakening". (© The Daily Telegraph)

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