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2019-20 English Premier League
  • Jamie Vardy (55' PEN)
  • James Maddison (90'+5')

Jamie Vardy scores again as Leicester win seventh straight match

Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy struck for the seventh Premier League game in a row to help his rampant side to a 2-0 home win over basement club Watford, a seventh consecutive league victory that leaves them second in the table.

Vardy, the league's top scorer, smashed home from the penalty spot in the 55th minute to net his 14th goal of the season while midfielder James Maddison sealed the points with a strike deep in stoppage time.

Vardy had seen a penalty appeal turned down earlier in the game which instead earned him a yellow card for simulation, but his side were soon awarded a spot kick when Watford's Adam Masina was penalised for striking Jonny Evans in the face.

Brendan Rodgers's side are second in the standings on 35 points after 15 games, eight behind league leaders Liverpool and three ahead of champions Manchester City in third.

Leicester are in better form at the moment than at any point during their fairytale 2015-16 Premier League title-winning campaign and this victory equalled their top-flight record for consecutive wins, set in March 1963.

"We had to be patient this evening and worked very hard for that but I thought we deserved it," Rodgers told reporters.

"It was a real team effort and to get seven wins on the spin in the Premier League is a great achievement. The team is developing and proving they have a winning mentality and mindset."

Watford were playing their first game under caretaker coach Hayden Mullins after Quique Sanchez Flores was sacked following their 2-1 defeat by Southampton and showed plenty of fighting spirit as Leicester had to sweat to continue their winning run.

Winger Harvey Barnes was the hosts' biggest threat and had several opportunities, including a chance to double the lead when he raced towards an incisive pass from Vardy, but he was thwarted from close range by a brave block from Masina.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 16 +26 46
2 Leicester City 16 +29 38
3 Manchester City 16 +25 32
4 Chelsea 16 +7 29
5 Manchester United 16 +6 24
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16 +4 24
7 Tottenham Hotspur 16 +7 23
8 Sheffield United 16 +3 22
9 Arsenal 16 0 22
10 Crystal Palace 16 -4 22
11 Newcastle United 16 -6 22
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 -4 19
13 Burnley 16 -8 18
14 Everton 16 -9 17
15 AFC Bournemouth 16 -6 16
16 West Ham United 16 -10 16
17 Aston Villa 16 -5 15
18 Southampton 16 -17 15
19 Norwich City 16 -17 11
20 Watford 16 -21 9