Jamie Vardy

Season Review: Nine Goals For City In April

Striker Jamie Vardy scored five of Leicester City’s nine goals in April, as the Foxes recorded convincing victories over Arsenal and Huddersfield Town.
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The City No.9 was voted April’s Premier League Player of the Month after two braces and an effort against West Ham United, while Academy graduate Harvey Barnes scored his first top-flight goal for the Football Club.

In total, from four fixtures, Brendan Rodgers’ men accumulated seven points from a possible 12 and ended the month in eighth position.

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Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy

The City striker scored twice against Huddersfield Town, as the Foxes won 4-1 at John Smith's Stadium.

Huddersfield Town 1 Leicester City 4
Saturday 6 April, 2019
Premier League
John Smith’s Stadium
Goals: Mooy pen 52; Tielemans 24, Vardy 48, pen 84, Maddison 79

A Youri Tielemans stunner, James Maddison free-kick and Jamie Vardy double sealed a fourth-successive Premier League victory for Leicester City – a stylish 4-1 win at Huddersfield Town.

Tielemans opened the scoring midway through the first half with a 20-yard curler before Vardy added the final touch to a flowing team move shortly after the half-time interval.

While Aaron Mooy halved the deficit for the relegated Terriers, Maddison whipped an inch-perfect free-kick into the top corner and Vardy's late penalty sealed all three points at John Smith's Stadium.

Brendan Rodgers made just a solitary change to his starting XI in light of a hip complaint for Jonny Evans, while Harry Maguire was absent following the birth of his daughter in the week.

As a result, Turkey defender Çağlar Söyüncü came in for his eighth competitive outing of the season in a Foxes shirt, while Academy graduate Hamza Choudhury returned to the substitutes’ bench.

Following successive victories over Fulham, Burnley and AFC Bournemouth, City were again at their expressive best from the off in west Yorkshire, carving out a variety of chances.

Inside the opening 60 seconds, Harvey Barnes, one of three Academy stars in the matchday squad, ran at the Terriers’ defence on the left-wing, forcing Tommy Smith into evasive action.

Barnes was the architect of City’s second opportunity in the 10th minute too, when an enterprising gallop on the flank provided him with time to cross for Maddison.

The talented 22-year-old forward, though, couldn’t quite get his head on it and Jan Siewert’s home side were able to clear the danger.

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Huddersfield Town 1 Leicester City 4

Watch extended highlights as Leicester City secured a 4-1 victory against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium.

With 24 minutes gone, Leicester were deservedly ahead when Maddison’s whipped corner was cleared to Tielemans, lurking ominously on the edge of the 18-yard box.

The Belgian magician hit it first time, switching the direction of the ball, and curling it emphatically into Ben Hamer’s top corner to plot a course to victory for the in-form Foxes.

While Alex Prichard had alarm bells ringing, as Söyüncü was forced to clear it off the line, that 34th-minute scare was the only moment of real concern in the first half for Rodgers’ men.

At the other end, Leicester broke fearsomely whenever possession changed hands in their favour – as Ben Chilwell and Tielemans both had long-range efforts saved by Hamer.

Following inventive combination play on the edge of Huddersfield’s box, Demarai Gray was played in behind goal with seconds of the first period to go, but Hamer was there to save again.

After the interval, Kasper Schmeichel’s talents were required to make a super point-blank stop to keep Karlan Grant's effort out – and Leicester raced up-field straight away.

Gray and Ricardo Pereira combined smartly on the right wing, before the latter arrowed a first-time pass across goal to lay it up for Vardy to score his 14th goal of the season.

However, the home side narrowed the arrears just four minutes later when a late Söyüncü challenge on Grant led to Mooy firing in from 12 yards.

The Foxes rallied and, while Huddersfield threatened on occasions to level it, a wonderful free-kick from Maddison – his seventh success in front of goal this season made it 3-1.

In the 86th minute, Vardy was felled by Terence Kongolo in the box – and it was City’s No.9 who stepped up to score his 103rd competitive goal for the Football Club.

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Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire

England international centre-back Harry Maguire contests an aerial challenge against Newcastle United.

Leicester City 0 Newcastle United 1
Friday 12 April, 2019
Premier League
King Power Stadium
Goal: Pérez 32

Leicester City’s four-game winning run came to an end after they suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat by Newcastle United at King Power Stadium.

Brendan Rodgers made one change to the side that beat Huddersfield Town 4-1, as Harry Maguire returned to the heart of City’s back line in place of Çağlar Söyüncü.

After Magpies skipper Jamaal Lascelles saw a header comfortably saved by Kasper Schmeichel, Jamie Vardy forced Martin Dubravka into a low stop with a neat flick after connecting with Ben Chilwell’s cross from the left.

On the quarter-hour mark, the Magpies went just inches away from taking the lead as Salomón Rondón hit a powerful free-kick onto the underside of Schmeichel’s crossbar.

A wayward effort from Harvey Barnes followed after the Academy graduate curled over the bar, while Rondón’s ambitious strike from the half-way line failed to trouble Schmeichel.

But the visitors – aiming to strengthen their bid for Premier League survival – went ahead on 32 minutes. Matt Ritchie’s delivery was flicked into the back of the net by Ayoze Pérez as Leicester fell behind for the first time in five games.

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Goal: Leicester City 0 Newcastle United 1

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After the interval, Nigeria international Wilfred Ndidi fired off target for the Foxes, while at the other end, Miguel Almirón sent a strike into the north stand.

Shortly after, James Maddison set up Vardy, who couldn’t get the desired connection to guide the ball on target on Filbert Way.

Schmeichel then pulled off a fine save at the front post to deny Pérez to ensure City had an opportunity to level matters heading into the final 10 minutes.

The Foxes nearly found an equaliser when Youri Tielemans threaded the ball through to the in-form Vardy, who lifted his shot over from close range.

Marc Albrighton was then introduced to make his first appearance since January and immediately set about producing some trademark deliveries.

His cross on the 89th minute caused problems for the Newcastle back line, but a confident Dubravka punched clear with Vardy lurking and the final chance of the game went begging.

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Harvey Barnes
Harvey Barnes

Harvey Barnes salutes the Blue Army after scoring his first professional goal for Leicester City.

West Ham United 2 Leicester City 2
Saturday 20 April, 2019
Premier League
London Stadium
Goals: Antonio 37, Pérez 82; Vardy 67, Barnes 90+2

Academy graduate Harvey Barnes netted his first-ever goal for Leicester City in added time to seal a dramatic 2-2 draw at West Ham United.

In glorious late spring sunshine at London Stadium, City were forced to twice fight back from behind to register their 48th point of the Premier League season.

An emphatic header from Michail Antonio handed the Hammers a narrow lead at the interval before Jamie Vardy’s 16th goal of the season restored parity on the scoresheet.

While a close-range effort from substitute Lucas Pérez put West Ham back in front with eight minutes of normal time to play, Barnes pounced in added time to spark ecstatic celebrations.

Leicester’s line-up featured just two changes from a defeat by Newcastle United, with Marc Albrighton replacing Barnes to make his first start since January after a hamstring injury.

Jonny Evans, meanwhile, came in for captain Wes Morgan. Brendan Rodgers’ men needed to be alert in the early exchanges as the Hammers came out of the blocks with attacking intent.

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West Ham United 2 Leicester City 2

Extended highlights from London Stadium as Leicester City tackled West Ham United in the Premier League.

First Marko Arnautović fired wide of Kasper Schmeichel’s net before the Austria international was denied by a brilliant block from Foxes midfielder James Maddison.

With 25 minutes on the clock, Ricardo Pereira did exceptionally well to distract Antonio, who initially collected a high cross from Robert Snodgrass, but the 29-year-old’s shot was too tame.

Antonio did get his goal in the 37th minute, though, as home captain Mark Noble crossed from the left wing and the former Nottingham Forest forward nodded past Schmeichel.

While the East London outfit were able to hold on until the break, they couldn’t keep City at bay in the 67th minute as Vardy poked a smart Ben Chilwell pass into the bottom corner.

Wilfred Ndidi’s attempt at a curler shortly after was mightily close to putting the Foxes ahead, but it was West Ham who found the net next in Stratford.

When a Pedro Obiang shot came back off the post and into the path of Pérez in the 82nd minute, the Spaniard duly sent it beyond Schmeichel to give the Hammers a late advantage.

Just as it seemed that Leicester would have to accept only a third defeat of Rodgers’ reign so far, Youri Tielemans played an exquisite through-ball for Barnes to slot past Łukasz Fabiański.

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Youri Tielemans and James Maddison
Youri Tielemans and James Maddison

The Belgium international opened the scoring against the Gunners before Jamie Vardy scored twice late on.

Leicester City 3 Arsenal 0
Sunday 28 April, 2019
Premier League
King Power Stadium
Goals: Tielemans 59, Vardy 86, 90+5

A commanding and convincing performance from Leicester City yielded a 3-0 Premier League victory over Arsenal at King Power Stadium.

Academy graduate Hamza Choudhury was handed his first start under Brendan Rodgers, replacing winger Demarai Gray in the only change from the XI that drew 2-2 at West Ham United.

Early opportunities for Jonny Evans, Youri Tielemans and James Maddison set the tone for an entertaining and exciting afternoon on Filbert Way for the Blue Army.

While Alexandre Lacazette volleyed wide from an Alex Iwobi cross, it was City who looked most likely to open the scoring as Bernd Leno pulled off two fine stops to deny Maddison and then Wilfred Ndidi.

An action-packed five minutes followed, as Jamie Vardy lifted a strike over Leno’s bar, Kasper Schmeichel denied Iwobi with an excellent save and Ainsley Maitland-Niles was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

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Goals: Leicester City 3 Arsenal 0

Watch all of the goals from Leicester City's fantastic 3-0 victory over Arsenal at King Power Stadium...

Boasting 73 per cent possession in the first period, Rodgers then introduced Academy graduate Harvey Barnes after the interval, as City went in search of a crucial opener to break the deadlock.

That goal arrived on 59 minutes, courtesy of Belgium international midfielder Tielemans, who headed in James Maddison’s pin-point cross to score his third goal for the Football Club.

From then on, it would be a matter of applying impressive game management to ensure the Gunners didn’t find a way back into the encounter, and while they threatened in stages, the Foxes continued to attack Arsenal’s frail back line.

Tielemans curled wide of the mark with 17 minutes to play, before Leno saved from Ricardo Pereira and Choudhury to keep the scoreline at 1-0.

However, when Schmeichel played a long ball into the path of Vardy, it exposed Arsenal’s two centre-backs. The No.9 first hit the crossbar before heading home the rebound to double the hosts’ advantage with four minutes to play.

Substitute Barnes, who scored his first Premier League goal for City last time out, forced another stop from Leno, who made nine saves throughout the afternoon at King Power Stadium.

In the fifth minute of stoppage time, though, Vardy scored his 18th goal of the season to help City record their fifth Premier League win in seven outings, tucking away Ricardo Pereira’s delivery to the back post.

April in numbers:

 

LCFC goals: Nine
Top scorer: Vardy (five goals)
Premier League standing: Eighth

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