Brendan Rodgers does not believe Jamie Vardy has eye on breaking record goalscoring streak
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers does not think Jamie Vardy has one eye on his own Premier League goalscoring streak after the striker edged nearer the milestone on Wednesday night.
Vardy’s second-half penalty saw him on the score sheet for the seventh match in a row as Rodgers’ team simultaneously equalled a club record of seven straight wins in the top flight dating back to March 1963 with a 2-0 victory against Watford.
During Leicester’s title-winning season of 2015/16, Vardy scored in 11 consecutive Premier League matches. Should he maintain his form, he would equal those figures in Boxing Day’s blockbuster clash at home to leaders Liverpool.
However, Rodgers does not believe it is on the 32-year-old’s mind just yet.
“I don’t think so, I don’t think it is. I think he just looks to the next game,” said Rodgers.
“For me, I’m not really bothered who scores as long as we win and play well, but Jamie is a real talisman and a fantastic striker and in that moment he has all the composure to score the penalty so he is very important for us.
“But Jamie is like ourselves, he is only worried about the next game. We will reflect on this over the next couple of days but then we will move on to Aston Villa on Sunday.
“It was a fantastic win for us. We have played better this season but the mentality to keep going right until the end once more was very pleasing. To keep another clean sheet is equally important.”
Vardy’s goal came after a VAR decision confirmed that a penalty should be awarded after Watford defender Adam Masina shoved his hand in the face of Jonny Evans as a cross came into the area, with the home centre-half falling to the ground.
In the first half, Vardy harshly received a yellow card after a VAR check decided that Adrian Mariappa’s challenge on him should not be a spot kick.
On the decisions Rodgers said: “I thought the first one was a penalty and to not get it was disappointing, but you get on with it. The second one was a hand in the face and it was a great finish by Jamie.”
Ben Chilwell was not in the squad on Wednesday night as he missed out through injury but Rodgers expects the left-back to be fit for the trip to Aston Villa on Sunday.
“Hopefully he will be okay for the weekend. He had a problem at the top of his leg, sort of hip area, so we will see how he goes over the next couple of days and hopefully he’s okay,” said the Leicester boss.
The Foxes toiled at times against an unadventurous but organised Watford side who, after the sacking of Quique Sanchez Flores at the weekend, were under the guidance of under-23 coach Hayden Mullins.
The visitors stretched Leicester on the break a handful of times without ever troubling Kasper Schmeichel and Vardy’s 55th-minute penalty, along with James Maddison’s strike deep into injury time, was enough for Rodgers’ men to go back above Manchester City into second place in the Premier League table.
The Hornets remain bottom and are seven points from safety but Mullins thought there were positives to take from the King Power Stadium.
“We started off really well and positive and then, I wouldn’t say it was frustrating, the result at the end is a bit tough to take because I thought they did really well,” said Mullins.
“But the main thing tonight was the performance and we are proud of the side and the amount of energy we gave. Up to the second goal in the 95th minute or whenever it was we were still well in the game so there are plenty of good things to take from it.”
Asked if he had received any indication about continuing in the role, Mullins added: “Not at the moment, no.
“At the moment I haven’t had any conversations about beyond this but if the club needs me to then yes I will take training and bits and pieces into Saturday – I am ready.”