Striker is show­ing true class

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ian Baker To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

JAMIE VARDY found it tough to ad­just to life in the Cham­pi­onship last sea­son. The Le­ices­ter striker scored just five times for his new club af­ter a goal-laden cam­paign at Fleet­wood in the Con­fer­ence.

But he is now show­ing just why Nigel Pear­son spent £1 mil­lion on him.

Not only did he score his 12th this term to set the ball rolling on an­other straight­for­ward Le­ices­ter af­ter­noon, his con­stant en­ergy made it im­pos­si­ble for Ip­swich’s de­fence to set­tle as they were torn about by a man in the peak of his pow­ers.

This game was over by half­time with Dave Nu­gent scor­ing his 14th goal in 13 games against the Trac­tor Boys af­ter Vardy’s opener be­fore Chris Wood scored a third with two min­utes re­main­ing.

Man­ager Nigel Pear­son sang his num­ber nine’s praises af­ter his sen­sa­tional dis­play meant Le­ices­ter did not even have to break sweat in the sec­ond half to go past the 70-point mark at the top of the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble.

“I’m very pleased with Jamie Vardy's con­tri­bu­tion,” he said.

“When you com­pare his per­for­mances this year to the per­cep­tion of him last year he has re­sponded ex­cep­tion­ally well to that.

“All in all he is de­vel­op­ing re­ally well as a Le­ices­ter player.

“I’m not both­ered about the past or the fu­ture, I just know he is ful­fill­ing what we thought he could achieve.

“He’s prob­a­bly got more faith in his own abil­ity. Con­fi­dence is a huge part in any­one's game but prob­a­bly more so if you are a striker and good for him.

“Dave was look­ing for­ward to play­ing against Ip­swich again!

“I don’t sup­pose they were too keen. I don’t know why these stats hap­pen.”

It is look­ing good for Le­ices­ter as they sit eight points above sec­ond place Burn­ley and ten above Derby in third but Pear­son will not get car­ried away.

“We can have a chat about pro­mo­tion in six or seven games time if we’ve won them,” he said. “There’s no point in get­ting in­volved in a dis­cus­sion at this stage, that would be stupid.”

De­spite a promis­ing spell be­fore Vardy’s opener, Ip­swich were never in a game they lost 60 last term.

And Vardy’s nui­sance value led to his 19th-minute level as he took ad­van­tage of a Jay Tabb back pass that went wrong to slot home.

It was as good as game over on 31 min­utes as Vardy started the move that led to Nu­gent’s 50th goal for Le­ices­ter.

Ritchie De Laet’s orig­i­nal cross was poorly cleared by Luke Cham­bers straight back to him and the usu­ally deadly Nu­gent had the sim­plest of tasks to tap in the sec­ond cross.

Ip­swich briefly ral­lied in the sec­ond half with a poor at­tempt by Daryl Mur­phy the clos­est they came to a lev­eller.

But Le­ices­ter did not have to play at 100 per cent with the game al­ready won, al­though they did add a third goal when sub­sti­tute Wood read Matty James’ through ball to slot past Dean Gerken.

“I think Le­ices­ter will stroll it by a mil­lion miles,” said Ip­swich boss Mick McCarthy.

“They are the best team in the Cham­pi­onship. They are streaks ahead of any­one else.

“We were beaten by a bet­ter side. Un­for­tu­nately for me and us we con­trib­uted to it.

“We had our best spell and then went back­wards and were neg­a­tive and gave it away.

“We had got into the game but Le­ices­ter are bet­ter than us. They don’t need any as­sis­tance.

“Tabby shouldn’t have been put in that po­si­tion, that's my view. We should have been in their third.

“I thought we played well in the sec­ond half but they were 2-0 up. They did not need to get a third.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

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