Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy has explained that Aston Villa goalkeeper Pepe Reina tried to outsmart him with comments before his penalty on Monday night against him, but ultimately he scored from the spot-kick.
The Foxes striker came off the bench to score twice, plus teammate Harvey Barnes was on the scoresheet twice in a convincing 4-0 Leicester home win over Villa in the Premier League.
Reina endured a tough individual game that saw him caught out for Barnes’ opener when running off his line and he was unable to do anything about Vardy’s penalty that doubled the advantage for the hosts at the King Power Stadium.
Dean Smith’s side remain in the bottom three of the league table two points from safety and there is no doubt their top-flight status is under real threat.
“The keeper said I was going down the middle and I was. So he’s tried to play my bluff and I’ve ended up calling his,” Vardy said, as quoted by Sky Sports’ Main Event channel (10:10pm, 9 March).
Despite starting the game brightly at the King Power Stadium, Villa were very much second best against Leicester and they will need to perform much better to keep themselves in the Premier League for next season.
There defensive weakness once again cost them big time against Villa and defending set-pieces is an ongoing issue that assistant boss John Terry must be working tirelessly on trying to improve behind closed doors.
Smith’s side may have got the better of Leicester in the Carabao Cup semi-final recently, but ultimately lost in the final to Manchester City and it would be interesting to see if fans would trade that day out at Wembley for three league points instead.