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    Leicester City 2-1 Watford: Jamie Vardy closes in on history

    By Alex Easley
    Jamie Vardy is now two games away from break Ruud van Nistelrooy's record of 10 goals on consecutive Premier League games.
    Jamie Vardy scored for the ninth consecutive Premier League match as Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester beat Watford 2-1 at the King Power Stadium to move joint-top of the league.

    The England international struck what ended up being the winner from the penalty spot after he was brought down in the area by Heurelho Gomes.

    Gomes, in truth, had a game to forget, allowing N’Golo Kante’s timid shot to slip through his fingers as the home side made the breakthrough just seven minutes after the break.

    The visitors managed to pull a goal back late on when Kante felled substitute Juan Carlos Peredes in the box and Troy Deeney converted the spot-kick, but the Foxes held on to seal a fourth win in six Premier League matches.

    It seemed that it may well be the first match since August in which Vardy would not score for Leicester when the striker signalled to the bench of an apparent groin problem after an hour of play.

    He only had one effort in a scoreless first half, firing gently into Gomes’ hands after Marc Albrighton had also gone close in an opening period that was perhaps edged by the Hornets.

    Watford had more of the ball and their top scorer Odion Ighalo smacked a volley against the post after 20 minutes having been found in the box by his captain Deeney.

    Leicester, though, have grown stronger in games week after week, and they deserved to be in front on 52 minutes despite it being somewhat of a gift from Gomes.

    Kante worked space inside the area and prodded a meager shot towards the far corner that really should have been saved, but instead somehow crept in through Gomes’ fingers.

    The Brazilian keeper then launched himself at Vardy in the right-hand corner of the penalty area, sending the striker over but avoided a red card.

    Vardy stepped up and smashed the spot-kick into the net to make it 2-0 and the hosts would have kept a clean sheet had it not been for a mistake from Kante.
    Vardy smashed home from the penalty spot to double Leicester's lead.
    The summer signing lost possession inside his own box with a careless touch and then tripped his tackler Peredes, Troy Deeney made no mistake from the spot but it was nothing more than a consolation for Quique Sanchez Flores’ side.

    Heurelho Gomes has already apologised to Watford fans for his blunders, tweeting: "Just want to apologise to the fans, the boys and the manager. I did let you down today and I'm feeling really sad about that. Thanks for all you support, means a lot to me."

    His head coach Flores refused to blame him also: "It was an accident. We didn't expect these types of goals but it's happened today and we need to look forward to the next match.

    "He apologised to the supporters but they love Heurelho, like the rest of the players and the staff do, so we try to remove the feeling that he is guilty for this match.

    "He is supporting the team during the season so we have to support him in this moment because for sure he is very sad.

    "The dressing room was very sad because we know we have good options and we were close to getting a good result."


    Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs, Albrighton, Kante, Drinkwater, Schlupp, Mahrez, Vardy

    Subs used: King, Okazaki, Dyer

    Watford: Gomes; Nyom, Britos, Cathcart, Ake; Capoue, Watson; Abdi, Deeney, Anya; Ighalo

    Subs used: Paredes, Diamanti

    MAN OF THE MATCH: Jamie Vardy
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