English Premiership

Vardy plays down new milestone

2015-12-04 10:13
Jamie Vardy scores the winner for Leicester City (Getty Images)

London - Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy can make history for the second weekend running when the Premier League's early-season over-achievers visit slip-sliding Swansea City on Saturday.

Vardy's goal in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United saw him set a new Premier League record of scoring in 11 consecutive matches, eclipsing the mark set by United old boy Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2003.

Should he score at Swansea, Vardy will equal an even more historic mark: Jimmy Dunne's English top-flight record from 1931-32 of scoring in 12 successive games for Sheffield United.

But the England striker has played down the significance of the new milestone, telling Sky Sports: "I just have my eyes on helping Leicester get three points at the weekend.

"If someone else gets the winning goal, then I am more than happy."

While Leicester go into the weekend level on points with leaders Manchester City, Swansea are just four points above the relegation zone following a run of one win in 10 matches.

It has led to speculation about the future of manager Garry Monk, who knows that his side's ability to contain former non-league player Vardy could be a determining factor in the outcome of the match.

"We obviously have experience of coming up through the leagues and we have players that have come through to this level," Monk told his pre-match press conference.

"Our club will appreciate a story like that, but it's our job to maybe put an end to that story."

 

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Norwich City v AFC Bournemouth, Carrow Road 17:00
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Manchester City v Crystal Palace, Etihad Stadium 17:00
West Ham United v Everton, London Stadium 17:00
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