Jamie Vardy was more bothered about three points than he was equalling a Premier League record in Leicester City’s 3-0 win at Newcastle United.
Vardy moved alongside former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, who managed to find the net in 10 successive Premier League fixtures in 2003, by firing home in first-half stoppage-time in a 3-0 success over Newcastle.
Leonardo Ulloa and substitute Shinji Okazaki were also on target, but it was Vardy’s individual feat that garnered the most attention.
However, the striker himself did not go overboard about his achievement.
“Obviously I’ve matched Van Nistelrooy’s record, but at the end of the day, we got the three points and a clean sheet,” said Vardy, who had been wished well by Van Nistelrooy on Twitter prior to the game.
“I kept getting it sent to me [Van Nistelrooy’s message], so fair play to him for doing that. I’ve managed to get there, so we’ll see what happens next week.”
While Vardy showed his humble side after the game, Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri was happy to heap praise on the England international.
“I’m very, very happy for his performance,” Ranieri said.
“It’s not easy to equalise a big champion. I want to say, ‘Well done and thank you!’
“When a manager has a striker who is scoring goals, he’s very happy. I want to say it’s a great achievement – I hope he can beat it next match.”
Ranieri praised the Newcastle fans for their appreciation of Vardy and likened it to the response opposing fans used to give likeable Chelsea forward Gianfranco Zola.
“It’s fantastic, I love the English spirit,” Ranieri added. “It’s not important, the shirt, it’s how the players play. That was the same when I managed Zola. I want to also say thank you to all the fans who clapped Jamie.”
The win moved Leicester to the top of the Premier League as Manchester City and Arsenal both lost, but neither Ranieri nor Vardy are getting carried away.
“I say every time I want to see the horses at the end of the race, now it’s not important,” Ranieri said.
“It’s important for us because it’s important we have 28 points, 12 (more) and we achieve our goal. After, we can speak about other things but now we are very, very focused on our goal.”
Vardy added: “We just take every single game as it comes, like we’ve done today. We stuck three away and like I said, we’ve been solid at the back as well.
“We’ve just got a never-say-die attitude. We’ll fight for each other right until the end and it shows on the pitch.”