Sunday 19 January 2020

Vardy closes in on record as Foxes see off Hornets attack

Leicester City 2 Watford 0

Leicester City's James Maddison in action with Watford's Adrian Mariappa and Etienne Capoue. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters
Leicester City's James Maddison in action with Watford's Adrian Mariappa and Etienne Capoue. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Richard Jeffries

Jamie Vardy continues 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 score for the seventh match in-a-row as Brendan Rodgers' team equalled a club record of seven straight wins in the top flight dating back to March 1963.

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During Leicester's title-winning season of 2015/16, Vardy scored in 11 consecutive League matches. Should he maintain his form, he would equal those figures in the December 26 blockbuster clash at home to Liverpool.

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

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy scores their first goal from the penalty spot. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy scores their first goal from the penalty spot. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Stretched

The visitors stretched Leicester on the break a few times without 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.

Watford started nervously but it took the Foxes until midway through the first half to seriously threaten the visitors' goal.

Neat build up play between Maddison and Harvey Barnes saw the latter get in behind the Watford defence but Barnes shot tamely into the side netting.

Leicester City's James Maddison scoring his side's second goal of the game. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Leicester City's James Maddison scoring his side's second goal of the game. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Five minutes into the second half Watford's Adam Masina shoved his hand in the face of Jonny Evans as a cross came into the area.

The VAR check confirmed Pawson's decision to point to the penalty spot and Vardy coolly steered his kick to Foster's left as the goalkeeper anticipated an effort down the middle.

In injury-time Adrian Mariappa got the ball stuck under his feet allowing Maddison to run through on goal and beat Foster.

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