Sunday 15 September 2019

Vardy levels club record

Huddersfield 1 Leicester City 4

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy (right) is brought down inside the box by Huddersfield's Terence Kongolo, for a penalty. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy (right) is brought down inside the box by Huddersfield's Terence Kongolo, for a penalty. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

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Brendan Rodgers believes Jamie Vardy's hunger to keep improving marks him out as one of the Premier League's best strikers.

Vardy's double at relegated Huddersfield lifted him level with Gary Lineker in the club's all-time goalscoring charts on 103.

Youri Tielemans opened the scoring at the John Smith's Stadium, with Vardy doubling the lead. An Aaron Mooy penalty reduced the arrears but a free-kick from James Maddison and a Vardy spot-kick gave City the win.

"Gary was obviously a top-class striker for many years but it's been a real joy to work with Jamie," said Rodgers, who has won four straight games after losing his first as Foxes boss.

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy scores his side's fourth goal of the game. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy scores his side's fourth goal of the game. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

"He's very hungry to improve and get better, and obviously the style of the team and the impression of the team always helps him. He's one of the best in this league, he's already proven that, but he's shown the hunger to continue with that."

After Tielemans' first-half opener, Vardy finished clinically at the far post to put Leicester 2-0 up early in the second period.

Mooy converted a penalty after Caglar Soyuncu's foul on Karlan Grant soon after, but Maddison curled home a brilliant free-kick in the 79th minute and Vardy added a late penalty after he was brought down by Terence Kongolo.

"We were really exciting going forward and this was always going to be a tough game for us," Rodgers added.

"Obviously, Huddersfield unfortunately were relegated last week so they would want to come home and show a reaction.

"We got off to a good start. Getting the first goal of the game is important."

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers during the match. Photo: Reuters
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers during the match. Photo: Reuters

Huddersfield manager Jan Siewert, who has lost nine of his 10 games in charge, felt the scoreline was harsh on his bottom-of-the-table side.

"At the end, yes it was but I have to give big credit to Leicester because they were more clinical than we were," Siewert said.

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