Jamie Vardy showed what everyone was thinking in Leicester City's thrilling West Brom win

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy with Hamza Choudhury
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy with Hamza Choudhury -Credit:PA

Jamie Vardy dominated the headlines in Leicester City’s critical 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion, a result that gives the Foxes a massive boost in their promotion battle with Leeds United and Ipswich Town.

The 37-year-old scored the vital goal – his 17th of the campaign – and one which put Enzo Maresca’s men 2-0 up and gave them the cushion to withstand Jed Wallace’s late consolation. Unusually Vardy, who was making his just his 15th start of the campaign, missed a first half penalty that would have gone some way to easing the sense of tension inside the King Power.

In the end the hosts rode their luck and a spirited Baggies performance to return to the top of the Championship and the box seat in the race to return to the Premier League.

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Vardy didn’t quite make the full 90 and was replaced by Patson Daka with five minutes remaining. As he walked off the pitch he approached Hamza Choudhury but not only to hand over the captain’s armband but also to embrace a player whose performance had been the bedrock of City’s determined defensive display.

Choudhury was recalled to the team in the place of Ricardo Pereira for his first start in four league games and responded by making three goal-line clearances that did just as much as Vardy’s goal to secure the three points.

The first came early in the game when he tracked all the way back to block Mikey Johnston’s drive. He then pulled off another to deny first Yann M'Vila then Grady Diagana n the space of a second as Albion tried to force an equaliser.

It wasn’t only Vardy who recognised Choudhury’s magnificent display, Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman named the 26-year-old man of the match.

“The word is incredible,” Goodman said. “If you are defender you might get one goal-line clearance in a game but three is unheard of.”

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