Leicester 2-0 Watford: Jamie Vardy and James Maddison on target


Vardy has now scored 14 needs within the Premier League this season

Jamie Vardy and James Maddison scored as Leicester beat bottom-membership Watford to climb relieve to 2d within the Premier League.

After a goalless first half, Vardy fired the hosts ahead from the penalty put after Adam Masina had fouled Jonny Evans.

Maddison then made sure of the think in stoppage time, breaking away before slipping the ball past Ben Foster within the Watford procedure.

The think moved Leicester relieve above Manchester City into 2d quandary, eight factors within the relieve of leaders Liverpoolwho hammered Everton 5-2.

It changed into additionally Leicester’s seventh consecutive top-flight think, equalling a membership tale that changed into location in March 1963 and surpassing any bustle they were ready to administer in their title-winning season in 2015-16.

Defeat, meanwhile, leaves managerless Watford bottom of the desk and they are now seven factors adrift of safety afterSouthampton beat Norwichto transfer out of the relegation zone.

The Hornets did now not tackle a shot on course at the King Vitality Stadium till the Ninetieth minute when Domingos Quina hit a tame effort at Kasper Schmeichel because the guests slumped to a ninth defeat in 15 video games.

Foxes’ unbelievable bustle below Rodgers goes on

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Leicester City 2-0 Watford: Brendan Rodgers pleased after ‘deserved’ think

Brendan Rodgers’ reign at Leicester obtained off to a shedding open up with a 2-1 defeat at Watford relieve in March, nonetheless the two sides contain long past in reverse directions since that day.

The Foxes contain long past on to win 52 factors from 24 video games compared to real 15 for the Hornets over the identical length, whereas this think changed into Leicester’s 11th from their opening 15 video games of the season – the first time they’ve obtained so many video games at this stage of a league campaign.

This changed into now not Leicester at their fluid, attacking most effective in addition to they would possibly maybe perchance silent contain obtained by an even greater margin.

Harvey Barnes changed into twice denied by Foster either facet of half-time, whereas Vardy changed into harshly denied a penalty within the first half when he changed into adjudged to contain dived despite replays suggesting he had been fouled.

Leicester are putting together create they didn’t even tackle in their title-winning campaign and build no signs of slowing down. Discuss of a 2d Premier League title would possibly maybe impartial silent be premature nonetheless they definitely seem ready to pounce ought to Liverpool lunge up at some stage in a busy December.

A substitute within the dugout nonetheless Watford’s woes continue

Watford disbursed with their 2d supervisor of the season at the weekend with the departure of Flores, and it changed into tasked to Under-23s boss Hayden Mullins to inspire the beleaguered Hornets to finest a 2d think of the season.

The faded defensive midfielder tried to mark his heed on the crew by switching from a relieve five to a relieve four and it definitely led to an improved defensive showcase from the Hornets as they looked stable in possession and saved a in total free-scoring Leicester at bay for virtually an hour.

But Watford’s acquainted failings in assault were as soon as extra laid bare as they didn’t form anything of level to within the final third. Gerard Deulofeu changed into largely nameless whereas Troy Deeney showed plenty of endeavour without being ready to bother a disciplined Leicester facet.

The Hornets contain now didn’t fetch in eight of their 15 league video games this season – the worst tale within the Premier League – and it highlighted the scale of the duty dealing with an incoming supervisor.

Man of the match – Harvey Barnes (Leicester)

On one other day, Harvey Barnes would possibly maybe contain had a brace. The midfielder changed into the artistic spark for the Foxes and a procedure likelihood at some level of

‘We had to be patient’ – what they said

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers, speaking to Match of the Day:“It changed into a tough sport for us. Hayden Mullins had Watford very effectively organised. We had to be patient this evening and worked very laborious for that nonetheless I thought we deserved it.

“Jamie Vardy is de facto unbelievable. I thought he ought to contain a penalty within the first half. I do now not know why that changed into overturned. In the present tips that is in total given nonetheless it definitely wasn’t and we gathered our composure and endured to work away to secure the procedure.

“It changed into an real crew effort tonight and to secure seven wins on the plug within the Premier League is a colossal achievement. The crew is rising and are proving they’ve a winning mentality and mindset. We are in a position to attain our most effective (to defend in top two), we battle and work and eye where it takes us.”

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My gamers gave all the pieces – Hayden Mullins

Watford caretaker supervisor Hayden Mullins:“I deem up till the penalty we were within the sport and even after it we were silent within the sport. We’ve reach a ways from home to a crew that has completed basically, basically effectively and assign a efficiency in.

“What I seen tonight changed into a facet in us that came a ways from home and showed magnificent levels of fitness, magnificent intelligence on the self-discipline, assign in a colossal efficiency and took it real to the wire. There contain been masses of positives.

“The boys contain answered beautifully effectively. I’m so pleased with what they did tonight.”

Vardy closing in on tale bustle – the stats

  • Leicester City contain now equalled their top-flight league tale for consecutive wins (seven video games), with the precise outdated event coming between December 1962 and March 1963.
  • Watford contain obtained real eight factors in their closing 18 Premier League video games (W1 D5 L12) – opponents Leicester City contain obtained extra than this in their closing three league video games by myself (three wins, nine factors).
  • Watford contain scored real nine needs in 15 Premier League suits this season; a mean of 0.6 per sport. The precise crew to contain averaged less within the halt five European Leagues this season are La Liga crew Leganes (0.53 per sport).
  • Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy has scored in seven successive Premier League appearances, his most effective lag since his tale-breaking 11-match bustle in November 2015.
  • Jamie Vardy has now scored 50 Premier League needs at home for Leicester City; 30 extra than any other player (Muzzy Izzet: 20).
  • Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has scored 23 needs in 25 video games below Brendan Rodgers within the Premier League; the identical tally as he scored below the management of Claude Puel in 51 Premier League video games.

What next?

Leicester slump to Aston Villa on Sunday, 8 December (14:00 GMT) whereas Watford host Crystal Palace a day earlier (15:00 GMT).

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