Monday 11 December 2017

Vardy refusing to get carried away

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy refused to party on Saturday night despite his record-breaking goal for Leicester.

Vardy became the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches - beating Ruud van Nistelrooy's 12-year-old record - when he fired in the opening goal in Leicester's 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

While Vardy was being mobbed by his team-mates, the Leicester fans joined in with the celebrations, chanting: "Jamie Vardy is having a party."

But there was no celebrating from the England international after the match.

He did not feel in a party mood for two reasons. Firstly, because Leicester had missed the chance to beat United, and secondly because he does not want anything to disrupt his form or his club's.

"No, no, I will be at home relaxing," Vardy said when asked if he would celebrate on Saturday night.

"We have training Monday and we will be looking at how we can exploit Swansea and come back with the three points."

The last man to score in 11 straight games was Stan Mortensen for Blackpool in 1951.

The only player to have scored in a dozen consecutive matches is former Sheffield United striker Jimmy Dunne 83 years ago.

Yet despite his truly remarkable achievement, Vardy is refusing to get carried away.

The 28-year-old straight-batted every question put to him about his record and whether he could maintain his scoring streak at the Liberty Stadium.

"We'll have to see next week," Vardy said. "I won't be making sure that's the only thing on my mind. I will be making sure that I will be concentrating on the team.

"As soon as I am in training or on the pitch on match days, the team is all I should be concentrating on. That is exactly what I will do and have been doing until now."

Vardy's 14th strike of the season was typical of the goals he has been scoring since the run began back in August against Bournemouth. As soon as Christian Fuchs' pass prised open the United defence on the counter and Vardy raced through, there was only going to be one outcome.

The striker caressed the ball past David de Gea with peerless composure.

"If I let the nerves show it will affect my performance," Vardy said.

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