Tuesday 20 February 2018

Jamie Vardy not feeling pressure of his Leicester goal streak

Leicester's Jamie Vardy has scored in eight successive league games
Leicester's Jamie Vardy has scored in eight successive league games

Jamie Vardy dismissed any notion of pressure as he closes in on a Barclays Premier League goalscoring record.

The England striker's goal in Leicester's 3-2 win at West Brom on Saturday meant he had scored in eight successive league matches.

Ruud van Nistelrooy set the 10-game Premier League scoring record for Manchester United in 2003 and the Foxes face Watford and Newcastle in their next two outings.

Vardy is the league's 11-goal top scorer - after only netting five last season - and insisted he is not focused on breaking Van Nistelrooy's achievement.

"No, all that's at the back of my mind is getting a goal and three points," he said.

"We're flying high and that's where we want to stay, we want to keep putting performances in and picking points up. It's as simple as that."

Leicester have won 10 points from losing positions this season, the best in the league, and have come from behind six times to sit third.

They had to again after Salomon Rondon's opener for the Baggies and Vardy netted following two goals from Riyad Mahrez.

"I've had a few late goals so I'm happy this one went in," Vardy said.

"We've been going behind and having to do it the hard way. But the team's character and how we are means we know exactly what we have to do to get it back. Now we've got more points than we can ever dream of."

Rickie Lambert's late penalty could not rescue West Brom, who have only won once at home in the league this season.

James McClean was also taunted by the Leicester fans for his decision not to wear a poppy - something he revealed he would not do two weeks ago - but boss Tony Pulis insisted he must accept it.

He said: "James is going to get stick, he knows that. That's going to be part of his life in the Premier League. The (West Brom) supporters have taken to him, they like him here and he's done well again."

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