Tuesday 17 September 2019

No party for Jamie Vardy after record-breaking exploits

Leicester's Jamie Vardy celebrates his record-breaking goal with Christian Fuchs in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
Leicester's Jamie Vardy celebrates his record-breaking goal with Christian Fuchs in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

Jamie Vardy refused to party on Saturday night despite his record-breaking goal for Leicester.

Vardy became the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches - beating Ruud van Nistelrooy's 12-year-old record - when he fired in the opening goal in Leicester's 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

While Vardy was being mobbed by his team-mates, the Leicester fans joined in with the celebrations, chanting: "Jamie Vardy is having a party."

But there was no celebrating from the England international after the match.

He did not feel in a party mood for two reasons. Firstly, because Leicester had missed the chance to beat United, and secondly because he does not want anything to disrupt his form or his club's.

"No, no, I will be at home relaxing," Vardy said when asked if he would celebrate on Saturday night.

"We have training Monday and we will be looking at how we can exploit Swansea and come back with the three points."

The last man to score in 11 straight games was Stan Mortensen for Blackpool in 1951.

The only player to have scored in a dozen consecutive matches is former Sheffield United striker Jimmy Dunne 83 years ago.

Yet despite his truly remarkable achievement, Vardy is refusing to get carried away.

The 28-year-old straight-batted every question put to him about his record and whether he could maintain his scoring streak at the Liberty Stadium.

"We'll have to see next week," Vardy told Leicester's website.

"I won't be making sure that's the only thing on my mind. I will be making sure that I will be concentrating on the team.

"I can think about (the run) when I am at home but as soon as I am in training or on the pitch on match days, the team is all I should be concentrating on.

"That is exactly what I will do and have been doing until now."

Vardy's 14th strike of the season was typical of the goals he has been scoring since the run began back in August against Bournemouth.

As soon as Christian Fuchs' pass prised open the United defence on the counter and Vardy raced through, there was only going to be one outcome.

The striker caressed the ball past David de Gea with peerless composure.

"If I let the nerves show it will affect my performance," Vardy said.

The fact that Leicester were disappointed to come away from this match with a point says a lot about their ambition and self-belief.

In the first half of Saturday's match they were simply irresistible.

Despite taking a blow to the left foot and a nagging hip injury, Vardy was a constant menace up front while United had to resort to fouling Riyad Mahrez to prevent him from tearing their defence to shreds with his direct runs.

After handing Vardy a signed shirt to mark his record-breaking feat, Claudio Ranieri reflected on the draw that stretched Leicester's unbeaten run to seven league matches.

Despite being joint-top with Manchester City, Ranieri's primary aim remains survival.

"Our first priority remains 40 points - that is our goal, to keep us in the Premier League. As soon as we get there we can look to take another step," the Italian said.

Bastian Schweinsteiger headed in his first goal for United on half-time, but was disappointed not to win.

"It's a pity we conceded the goal like this, from a counter-attack," the United midfielder told MUTV.

"When you are a top team it shouldn't happen like that. We knew (Vardy) was capable of making a goal like that, so it is a pity that we conceded that goal."

Louis van Gaal confirmed he substituted Wayne Rooney in the second half because he had a minor injury.

"I wanted to change one of the strikers. It could have been (Anthony) Martial or it could have been Rooney because they were not always running behind the central defenders, and I want that," the United manager said.

"But Rooney was limping so the choice was easy."

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