Shake­speare sees more acts in Le­ices­ter sea­son

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LON­DON top flight.

Le­ices­ter had looked in dan­ger of the drop when for­mer as­sis­tant man­ager Shake­speare took over from sacked ti­tle-win­ning boss Clau­dio Ranieri in Fe­bru­ary.

But de­spite an im­pres­sive run of re­sults un­der the English­man’s guid­ance, Le­ices­ter’s Thai own­ers have still to con­firm if Shake­speare will stay on as the club’s man­ager next sea­son.

Mean­while, the man him­self was tak­ing noth­ing for granted.

“We are not math­e­mat­i­cally safe,” said Shake­speare, who served West Brom as both a player and a coach.

“We are de­lighted to have three points and this is a gi­ant step to­ward that aim. But even if we

goals scored by Jamie Vardy in 15 games for Le­ices­ter

and Eng­land. had got there, we have a duty to per­form in every game.

“It was a scrappy game and it felt like that. I felt the first goal was go­ing to be im­por­tant to­day.”

As for his re­turn to The Hawthorns, Shake­speare said: “It is nice to come back. I am pleased with the warm re­cep­tion I got.”

How­ever, he added: “It’s about the re­sult. I wouldn’t like to leave with my tail be­tween my legs af­ter we lost 3-0.”

In-form Eng­land striker Vardy scored his 10th goal in 15 games for club and coun­try to set­tle Satur­day’s match from a pass by strike part­ner Shinji Okazaki.

“Shinji weighted the pass ter­rif­i­cally,” said Shake­speare. “Vardy is in that pur­ple patch but he has got to thank the other play­ers for the ser­vice and he will say that.

“He is a striker in form, his at­tributes are be­ing quick and play­ing on the shoul­der of de­fend­ers.

“I want Jamie Vardy to finish on a high. He’s scored quite a few of late and I want that to con­tinue.

“It will be a dif­fi­cult end to the sea­son and we have to try and win every game we can. We showed dif­fer­ent as­pects to­day — it was a gutsy per­for­mance.”

West Brom claimed an un­wanted club record by go­ing a fifth suc­ces­sive league game with­out a goal for the first time in their his­tory and man­ager Tony Pulis said: “We’re dis­ap­pointed, that’s five games with­out scor­ing and four games los­ing 1-0.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed for the play­ers again be­cause I thought we worked re­ally hard.

“We’ve talked all week about Vardy and the changeover. They play that ball very quickly for him to run into space and we got caught. The re­ac­tion of the play­ers, es­pe­cially in the sec­ond half, was first-class.” AFP

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