Sunday 15 December 2019

Premier League round-up: Leicester's run continues as they equal club record as Chelsea and wolves win

Jamie Vardy has scored in seven consecutive matches (Mike Egerton/PA)
Jamie Vardy has scored in seven consecutive matches (Mike Egerton/PA)

Jamie Vardy continued to close in on his own Premier League goal scoring record as Leicester regained second spot in the table with a 2-0 victory over Watford at the King Power Stadium.

The striker's second-half penalty saw him on the score sheet for the seventh match in a row as Brendan Rodgers' team simultaneously equalled a club record of seven straight wins in the top flight dating back to March 1963.

During Leicester's title-winning season of 2015/16, Vardy scored in 11 consecutive Premier League matches. Should he maintain his form, he would equal those figures in Boxing Day's blockbuster clash at home to leaders Liverpool.

The Foxes toiled at times on Wednesday night against an unadventurous but organised Watford side who, after the sacking of Quique Sanchez Flores at the weekend, were under the guidance of under-23 coach Hayden Mullins.

The visitors stretched Leicester on the break a handful of times without ever troubling Kasper Schmeichel and Vardy's 55th-minute penalty, along with James Maddison's strike deep into injury time, was enough for Rodgers' men to go back above Manchester City.

"Jamie Vardy is absolutely fantastic," declared Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers. "I thought he should have a penalty in the first half. I don't know why that was overturned. In the current rules that is normally given but it wasn't. We gathered our composure and continued to work away to get the goal.

"Ben Foster made some great saves tonight. We were unfortunate not to score more. We had to defend well, even if they did not have a shot on target until late on. We managed the game very well.

"A real team effort tonight and to get seven wins on the spin in the Premier League is a great achievement. The team is developing and are proving they have a winning mentality and mindset."

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Liverpool hammered Everton 5-2 as they stay on course to win their first league title in 30 years and puled he pressure on Toffees boss Marco Silva as his side slipped into the relegation zone.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sealed a morale boosting win as Jose Mourinho's return to Old Trafford was ruined by Marcus Rashford, who scored both goals in a 2-1 win.

Chelsea got back to winning ways Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount were on target as Frank Lampard's side beat Aston Villa 2-1.

After 24 minutes Reece James swung in an inviting cross which the unmarked Abraham nodded home.

Trezeguet equalised fortuitously as half-time approached, making a mess of a header but bundling the ball in with his legs, but Mount volleyed the winner early in the second half.

"I thought we were great today. I'm pleased because that was us again, we had a blip against West Ham and today we were back," said Blues boss Lampard.

"Our character at half-time was important and we carried off where we left off. The disappointment of the day is we didn't score two or three.

"Villa are stubborn, have picked up results on the road and you can see why. They have good players and are well organised."

Southampton made it back-to-back wins by beating Norwich 2-1.

Danny Ings headed Saints into the lead from a 22nd-minute corner, and Ryan Bertrand doubled the advantage before half-time from another corner. Teemu Pukki pulled one back for Norwich but they could not find an equaliser

Wolves beat West Ham 2-0, opening the scoring midway through the first half when Leander Dendoncker prodded in Joao Moutinho's corner.

Patrick Cutrone secured the points for the hosts when he fired home from the edge of the box five minutes from the end.

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