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Unsung hero: Brendan Rodgers will love what he saw from Jamie Vardy

Unsung hero: Brendan Rodgers will love what he saw from Jamie Vardy

It’s a new dawn at Leicester City following the appointment of Brendan Rodgers, and the former Celtic man will be ecstatic to see his new side secure only their second win in 2019 on Tuesday night.

To the onlooking Rodgers’ certain delight, it didn’t take long for the home side to take the lead. Demarai Gray, one of Leicester’s many young talents, opened the scoring in the 10th minute after some sloppy play from Anthony Knockaert was intercepted by Harvey Barnes who found Youri Tielemans to lay off the awaiting Gray.

Gray was close to making it two but was unlucky to see his powerful shot saved by Brighton’s no.1 Ryan. Knockaert was keen to make amends for his earlier mistake and nearly saw his own powerful effort hit the back of the net if it wasn’t for the quality of Schmeichel turning it away from goal.

Glenn Murray uncharacteristically squandered another chance for the visitors to equalise, after Pascal Gross backheeled the ball into his path, leaving the whole goal at the Englishman’s mercy he struck the ball well off target.

Leicester hero Jamie Vardy (valued at £18m on Transfermarkt these days) was on hand to double the host’s lead in the 63rd minute making no mistake to cannon home a cheeky poked pass from playmaker James Maddison.

Brighton’s Propper made it a nervy ending for the Foxes when he scored minutes after Vardy, but his side were unable to press on and Leicester finally won their first game since New Year’s Day.

The lively Harvey Barnes was awarded the Man of the Match performance last night, but we think credit should also be given to Jamie Vardy. The former England international was back to his best on Tuesday night, after an evidently uncomfortable period under Claude Puel, and made an absolute nuisance of himself in the opponent’s half.

Deserved his goal.

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