He did it! Jamie Vardy equalled the record held by Ruud van Nistelrooy back in 2003 as he planted another shot perfectly into the back of the net against Newcastle at the weekend. But the record chasing won’t stop there: could he yet beat the record held by Jimmy Dunne since 1932, who scored in 12 consecutive top flight games for Sheffield United or even achieve the most goals in a Premier League season – a record held by Andy Cole and Alan Shearer who both netted 34 goals in a single campaign? I’ve got a feeling that this young striker can achieve most things he sets his mind to in his current form, so watch this space!
As I said, we were always the favourites going to Newcastle on Saturday but it is never an easy task and so to achieve another clean sheet and a comfortable win was a great result for the squad and exactly what we needed to start the countdown to Christmas. What was a real eye-opener was how easy the Foxes made it look. Vardy was creating chances and another couple of good goals from Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki were enough to seal the fate of the Magpies and return us to the TOP of the premier league once again. It demonstrates the strength and depth of the squad: we have got a really great team and we are stamping our authority on this year’s campaign.
Next up we face those little red devils as Manchester United return to the King Power after last season’s amazing 5-3 result. But, can we do it again?
To be honest, I think we can but I think the scoresheet will be a little tighter this time around. You cannot underestimate a team like Manchester United, but they are struggling in the Champions League and only just scraped through last week against Watford. With the backing of the Foxes’ fans and the atmosphere they create at home, alongside our recent form – most goals scored in the Premier League, only one loss this season – we deserve our position in the league and have a real shot at continuing to generate fear in our opponents’ minds. I think if we go into the game in the professional, focussed manner we have all season we will create problems for United and we could definitely get some more points on the board. The next four or five games are all pretty big, winning this weekend will be just the boost we need to take us into December on a real high.
Claudio Ranieri is certainly a wise Manager. He is not afraid to make substitutions and his tactics are undeniably effective. He has done what we expected by taking the work that Nigel Pearson started, applied his infamous ‘tinkering’ and now we are reaping the rewards. Not a lot of clubs choose a 4-4-2 but Ranieri is using the pace we have and creating a counter attacking force which is difficult to stop – long may it continue.
But, LCFC is not my only team and we’ve had some great results from the teams at the Academy this week too: coming up against Loughborough College and Thresham College and winning with clean sheets against both so, congratulations to the lads at AFDA. You never know, one of them could make it all the way to LCFC at this rate. For information on AFDA’s fixtures and results visit www.afdaleicester.co.uk
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