Vardy nets again as Foxes hold off Watford

Leicester City moved joint-top of the Premier League standings for the time being following a 2-1 win over Watford at the King Power Stadium.

  • Leicester 2 Watford 1
  • Gomes howler sees Kante open scoring
  • Vardy nets in ninth successive game
  • Deeney coolly dispatches penalty
  • Foxes temporarily move joint-top

Match Summary

Following a goalless opening half, Leicester opened the scoring in the 52nd minute when Ngolo Kante's toe-poke somehow found its way past Haurelho Gomes.

Jamie Vardy continued his remarkable scoring form when he netted from the spot, before Troy Deeney pulled one back for Watford with a penalty of his own.

Full Report

It was an end-to-end start to the game, but it was Leicester who produced the first real effort of the half as Jeff Schlupp fired a close-range effort way over the bar from a very long free kick.

At the other end, Etienne Capoue fired a daisy-cutter at Kasper Schmeichel for a rather routine save in the ninth minute.

Marc Albrighton then had a low-driven shot saved in the 14th minute after a terrific run in behind the defence by Jamie Vardy.

The best chance of the half arrived on 19 minutes when the in-form Odion Ighalo saw a curled effort rattle back off the upright, before Schmeichel got across well to deny Almen Abdi from the follow-up.

Seven minutes from half-time, the ever-dangerous Vardy registered his first real effort at goal, getting the better of two defenders before forcing a low save from Haurelho Gomes from just outside the area.

Leicester got the breakthrough on 52 minutes, albeit under fortuitous circumstances as Gomes somehow allowed Kante's tame effort to dribble past him into the back of the net.

Gomes' afternoon got worse in the 64th minute after he brought down Vardy in the penalty area, with the Leicester man making no mistake from the spot to fire high into the middle of the goal.

Watford were handed a glimmer of home on 75 minutes when Kante turned from hero to villain by bringing Juan Carlos Paredes down in the box.

Troy Deeney coolly dispatched the resulting spot-kick, sending Schmeichel the wrong way, to give the Hornets a lifeline with 15 minutes remaining.

The goal made for a nervy end to the game, but Leicester were able to hold on to climb into third, level on points with leaders Manchester City and Arsenal, who are both in action on Sunday.