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Jamie Vardy breaks record for goals in consecutive games

Jamie Vardy broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record as he became the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy

The Leicester striker netted in the first half of his side’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

Dutchman Van Nistelrooy achieved his feat for Manchester United across two seasons in 2003.

Vardy’s run has included 13 goals, making him the league’s top scorer with 14 goals in total so far this season.

Vardy, who four years ago was playing for Fleetwood in the Conference in front of 768 people, said he was “taking each match as it comes”.

He added: “The record was not in my mind, it would have affected my performance and the team’s, and that’s the last thing I wanted to do.

“I can think about it when I am home but as soon as I cross the white line all I should be concentrating on is my football.

“That’s what I have been doing and exactly what I will continue to do.”

‘This fantastic man’

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said Vardy’s record was “an incredible achievement”.

“We had two objectives – to win the match and try to help Vardy break the record,” he said.

“Jamie made the record, it is fantastic for us. Five years ago he played in non-league, it is difficult to grow up so quickly and this fantastic man is not only our goalscorer but he presses, he works hard, he is important.”

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal also praised Vardy’s “amazing and fantastic” feat, saying: “The goal he scored is also amazing because it is not so easy.

“I can say our organisation is bad but he is provoking that also. It is a fantastic record to have, 11 matches in a row. Not many players will do that.” BBC Sport

The all-time records now in Vardy’s sights

Vardy needs to score in his next two games to equal the all-time record of consecutive goals scored at the top level of English football, set by Jimmy Dunne back in 1931-32. Playing for Sheffield United, Dunne scored 12 goals in succession.
Stan Mortensen hit 15 goals in consecutive games for Blackpool in the 1950-51 season, but he missed matches during that run because of injury, recovering to continue scoring when he returned to the side.