Cape Town - Leicester
City striker Jamie Vardy is turning a deaf ear to his critics after he
ended his goal-scoring drought against Manchester City on Saturday.
Vardy came back to form with a bang as he registered a hat-trick and scored for the first time in 16 games.
The 29-year-old found the back of the net 24 times during Leicester’s
successful Premier League campaign last season, but during his barren
run this season, he endured plenty of criticism, including from Michael
Owen, who said that the striker relied more on luck than skill.
Responding to Owen’s comments, Vardy said: "I don't listen to that.
He can say what he wants. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
"I'm not going to read anything to it and that's up to them what they
say. I'll just get on with it, work on the training field and hopefully
take it into the matches."
Despite his hat-trick, Vardy made it clear that he is not getting
over-excited as his side are in 14th place on the Premier League
"At the end of the day the team comes first. Although we've not been
getting the results and a few of the performances have been below par,
deep down we knew we were still the team we were last year," he said.
"On Saturday's performance we've definitely got that back and we'll look
forward to Tuesday now at Bournemouth.
"I don't think we can start talking about streaks and stuff like that
just yet, but we'll have to wait and see. Obviously with what happened
last year, a lot of expectations go up. Against City we showed exactly
what we're about and what we can do."
Leicester will look to build momentum in the English Premiership against a stuttering Eddie Howe side at the Vitality Stadium.
Kick off is at 21:45.