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SOUTHAMPTON v LEICESTER RECAP: Vardy at it again as Foxes fight to hold Saints

Leicester City again came from behind to force a 2-2 draw with Southampton at St Mary's on Saturday.


Jamie Vardy continued his scoring streak with a second-half brace as the Foxes came from two goals down to land a point on the road.

Ronald Koeman's Saints went ahead on the 21st minute when captain Jose Fonte produced a glancing front-post header from Dusan Tadic's inswinging corner before Virgil van Dijk added a second around 15 minutes later when slotting home beyond Kasper Schmeichel after Graziano Pelle's initial header had hit the upright, bounced off the Dutch defender onto the woodwork again, and then in.

Vardy pulled one back for Claudio Ranieri's side in the 66th minute when heading home Nathan Dyer's right-wing cross before racing onto a lovely through ball from Riyad Mahrez and rifling past Kelvin Davis in injury-time for his ninth goal of the season, which has him three clear at the top of the scoring charts.

The draw allowed Leicester to stay fifth on the table as Southampton moved up to eighth by extending their unbeaten run to three matches.


MATCH OVERVIEW

Southampton: 2 (Jose Fonte 21', Virgil van Dijk 37')
Leicester City: 2 (Jamie Vardy 66'/90+1')
St Mary's Stadium, Southampton - 30,966


TALKING POINTS

- Another point for the Saints. Are they good enough to establish themselves in the top half of the table?

- Vardy is in career-best form. Is he the man to lead England at Euro2016? Or does he have to continue proving himself at club level with the Foxes?



WHAT'S NEXT?

Southampton head to Liverpool on Sunday as Leicester look ahead to Saturday's home meeting with Crystal Palace.



TWITTER INSIGHT


QUOTES CORNER

Southampton's Koeman on the result:

"You're two-nil up, it's a good performance so far, and great goals from set-pieces, but I have to recognise it was difficult."


Leicester boss Ranieri on Vardy:

"Jamie Vardy is important for us. If I was a player I'd think 'Oh, Jamie can score, Jamie can score' and this is important.

"He's got good stamina, and it's good to think during the match 'Jamie can score'."



STATS SPECIALS
*Thanks to Opta


TEAM LEADERS

SOUTHAMPTON
Goals - Graziano Pelle 5
Assists - Sadio Mane 4
Clean sheets - Maarten Stekelenburg 3
Yellow cards - Jose Fonte, Graziano Pelle, Victor Wanyama 3


LEICESTER
Goals - Jamie Vardy 9
Assists - Riyad Mahrez 4
Yellow cards - Jeff Schlupp 3


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