Analysing Jamie Vardy's hat-trick display for Leicester in victory over Manchester City
In February 2012, Ebbsfleet United traveled to Fleetwood Town and suffered at the hands of Jamie Vardy at the peak of his Conference form as he scored a hat-trick in a 6-2 victory. The next time he would score a hat-trick would be for the reigning Premier League champions up against one of the world’s most renowned coaches and most expensively assembled sides in the history of football. That’s what Vardy did on Saturday evening in a shock victory with his first goals since early September.
Perhaps the most important of the three strikes came in just the third minute when the former non-league man made a superb run when Islam Slimani played him in before confidently burying the ball in the far corner to give his side an early lead and a massive confidence boost in a tough fixture.
Seventeen minutes later he followed it up with another, which was the most aesthetically pleasing. A quick counter attacking move which was trademark Leicester City ended with a deft touch from Riyadh Mahrez setting the England international up to round Claudio Bravo with ease and slot into the back of an empty net.
It was his third strike which made him Leicester City’s record Premier League goalscorer ahead of Emile Heskey and sealed his hat-trick as he showed the poacher’s instinct which saw him bag so many goals last season. John Stones’ sloppy backpass to Bravo allowed Vardy to pounce, round the Chilean ‘keeper for the second time and then fire home from a narrow angle with the ball edging over the line before Bacary Sagna could clear.
The striker gave the City defence a headache throughout, winning five of his eight aerial duels and being successful in two of his three dribbles as they failed to handle his pace on the counter attack which Claudio Ranieri looked to exploit against a back three which looked all over the place with Aleksander Kolarov drifting too far up the pitch. Now, the challenge for Vardy will be to maintain that form and fire Leicester back up the table after a disappointing start.
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