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Monday 26 September 2016

Vardy on the double as Foxes edge closer

Sunderland 0-2 Leicester City

Jamie Vardy celebrates. Photo: Reuters
Jamie Vardy celebrates. Photo: Reuters

Premier League leaders Leicester City moved even closer to the title by winning 2-0 at relegation-threatened Sunderland on Sunday.

England international Jamie Vardy put them ahead in the 66th minute and he added his second - and 21st of the season - in added time.

That left them 10 points ahead of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, but that lead was cut to seven points a few hours later after Spurs trounced Manchester United.

With five games left, Claudio Ranieri's unfashionable side need a maximum of nine more points to become English champions for the first time.

Sunderland remain in the bottom three, four points behind Norwich City, who they play next Saturday.

"It was tough, we knew it would be, but we ground it out," Vardy said. "We know it's a step closer but you never know what can happen.

"The main thing now is we've got to take it into the next week."

Since beating Sunderland 4-2 in his first match in charge last August, Ranieri has stayed true to his beliefs -- taking nothing for granted.

"Of course nobody could have believed it," he said of imagining a title success on that first day of the new campaign.

"It's amazing and I want to thank everyone (of our fans). We moved Leicester to Sunderland."

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce was disappointed with the way his team conceded two goals to Vardy, after warning his defenders of precisely that outcome.

"We switched off once and allowed Jamie Vardy to do what we said was his main strength," he said.

Substitute Jack Rodwell then missed Sunderland's best chance to equalise and despite being thwarted once by Mannone, Vardy went round him to seal victory in stoppage time.

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