- Leicester returned to the top of the Championship with a 4-1 win over Blackburn
- Jamie Vardy scored the second and followed it by gesturing to the home fans
- Foxes boss Enzo Maresca called the 36-year-old an ‘unbelievable professional’
Love him or loathe him, you can’t deny Jamie Vardy is a true master of riling both opposition defenders and supporters.
Even at 36, Leicester’s talisman just can’t resist making a beeline straight for the nearest rival fans after scoring.
As Vardy said in a recent Sky Sports interview: ‘It’s part of the game, you need to embrace it all. If fans are giving you a bit they’ve got to get some back.’
So after he thumped Leicester into a 2-1 lead at Ewood Park, Vardy stood right in front of the Blackburn end, made a telephone gesture to his ear then pointed to the name on the back of his shirt.
Vardy has been Mr Dial-a-Goal throughout his career, from Stocksbridge Park Steels to Fleetwood and England.
Leicester moved back to the top of the Championship on Sunday with a 4-1 win over Blackburn
Jamie Vardy scored the Foxes’ second and celebrated with a telephone gesture aimed at the home fans
His strike came at a crucial juncture after Blackburn’s Sammie Szmodics had cancelled out an early Wout Faes header and Leicester ceded a bit of their control.
Vardy hammered home left-footed after Wilfred Ndidi crossed from the right and the Foxes were soon top of the Championship again.
A Kelechi Iheanacho penalty — after Hayden Carter hauled down Jannik Vestergaard — and a deft finish by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall made absolutely sure of an eighth win from nine league games.
Rovers boss Jon Dahl Tomasson described Leicester as a ‘Premier League side’ post-match and their strength for this level is obvious. They could well run away with it like Burnley did last season.
‘This is probably the most important win since we started,’ said Leicester boss Enzo Maresca.
‘It is easy for everyone to say Leicester is a Premier League club but we have to show it.’
Leicester boss Enzo Maresca called the 36-year-old striker an ‘unbelievable professional’
On Vardy’s enduring quality, he added: ‘He is an unbelievable professional in terms of his working every day, with his open mind to learn the different things we are asking of him.
‘In the box, he is still the best, probably even including the Premier League. I don’t think there are many strikers like Jamie.
‘The most important thing is he is enjoying it.’
Rovers could easily have made it 2-2 only for Mads Hermansen to save from Lewis Travis before Leicester pulled away in the last 10 minutes.