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Jamie Vardy in focus

Published 03/04/2016

Leicester's Jamie Vardy, in blue, was unable to get on the scoresheet against Southampton
Leicester's Jamie Vardy, in blue, was unable to get on the scoresheet against Southampton

Jamie Vardy went into Leicester's home game against Southampton with a couple of England goals to his name during the international break but his goal drought for the Foxes continued.

It is six appearances since the diminutive striker last hit the back of the net for Claudio Ranieri's men but his team-mates are stepping up to the plate as Leicester's Barclays Premier League title charge continues.

Here Press Association Sport looks at Vardy's afternoon against the Saints as Leicester extended their lead at the top of the table to seven points.


It was a relatively quiet afternoon in front of goal for Vardy who had to wait until the 85th minute for a genuine chance. His brilliant run down the right side of the penalty area behind the Southampton defence was picked out by Marc Albrighton but Vardy's angled shot was blocked by goalkeeper Fraser Forster.


Vardy tried several times to create chances for his team-mates. A couple of times early in the game, on either side of the pitch, Vardy raced past his man and tried to find strike partner Shinji Okazaki but on both occasions his low cross was cut out and turned behind at the near post. In the second half, a brilliant back-heel was inches away from putting Okazaki in again while after latching on to Danny Drinkwater's back-heeled pass Vardy teed up Danny Simpson for a tap-in eight yards out but Forster somehow made the block on his goal line.


No striker in the Premier League puts defenders under such relentless pressure, never giving them a moment's peace. It is what we have come to expect. Vardy chased down a Ryan Bertrand back pass after eight minutes, forcing Forster to rush his clearance and slice the ball out of play for a throw.


Vardy did not get a sniff of goal during the first half as Southampton's central defenders Virgil van Dijk and Jose Fonte did a good job of shackling him, forcing him to make runs out wide in the channels rather than through the middle.

When Vardy did get a chance to go through the centre, capitalising on a mistake from Victor Wanyama right at the start of the second half, he was hauled to the ground by the big Kenyan.


Vardy rarely stays still and his mere presence, with the threat of his pace, makes defenders uncomfortable. Case in point - after an hour Jose Fonte stretched to cut out Drinkwater's cross, with Vardy lurking behind him, and forced Forster to make an acrobatic save to claw away the ball and prevent an own goal.


It is another game for Leicester without a goal for Vardy but Ranieri will be pleased with his forward's overall contribution once again, his commitment and effort for the team is never an issue. If he keeps doing what he is doing the goals will surely return before the end of the season.

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