Wednesday, March 1, 2017

EPL: Jamie Vardy says Leicester City win over Liverpool was targeted to critics

Jamie Vardy

London: Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy said his side’s 3-1 victory over Liverpool on Monday had been a reaction to negative media reports over the dismissal of manager Claudio Ranieri.

Ranieri was sacked on Thursday, less than 10 months on from Leicester’s title triumph, after a run of five straight defeats plunged the club into a relegation battle. Reports suggested Ranieri had lost the confidence of Leicester’s players, but Vardy, who scored twice, said the criticism had been unjustified.

“We’ve come in for a lot of unfair stick with things that have been written in the press, but you’ve seen that the lads wanted to react,” Vardy said. “The performance did that and we want to do it consistently. I couldn’t put my finger on why we haven’t been doing that regularly. We’ve been working hard and it’s just not been happening.”

Vardy struck either side of a glorious Danny Drinkwater effort as Leicester ended a run of five straight league defeats to climb to 15th place in the table, two points above the bottom three. “You can call it a reaction,” Drinkwater said. “We’ve come in for a bit of stick.”

Leicester’s fans held banners and wore masks in support of Ranieri and illuminated their phones in honour of the 65-year-old’s in the 65th minute.

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