Published: 08:15 | 28/2/17

Vardy: Caretaker boss' instructions led to goals against Liverpool


Caretaker Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare told Jamie Vardy to press higher up the pitch, which led to his two goals against Liverpool, the striker revealed post-match.

The goals, added to a third from Danny Drinkwater, sent Leicester on the way to a 3-1 win that took them out of the relegation zone with a performance that echoed their form in winning the Premier League last season, with Vardy hoping the goals and win will act as a springboard to recover following their poor season and the recent sacking of manager Claudio Ranieri.

“I think we’ve come under unfair stick with the stuff that’s been in the press and online lately and I think what we’ve seen is the lads wanting to put in a reaction. But now it’s up to the lads to consistently do that and move forward. And pick up as many points as possible,”said Vardy.

“I can’t put my finger on it (their bad form). We’ve been working hard with everything we’ve been asked to do and it’s just not been happening but luckily it just clicked tonight.
“Shakespeare told me before the game to play a lot higher and we focused on weaknesses, and what we’ve been watching the videos on, and I done that tonight and managed to get in behind the defence.

“I’ve been frustrated by the amount of goals I’ve got this season but I hope those two will push me on.”

Drinkwater similarly believed the performane was the result of a desire for a reaction within the squad to the sacking of Ranieri as the players looked to save their season.

“You can call it a reaction. We’ve come under a bit of stick and that was a reaction.  I thought we deserved it,” said Drinkwater.

“I think it was (the Leicester of old). We make our game on the basics: talking, moving, high pressure, high intensity. I think we just went back to basics and forced mistakes by pressing high.

“We got three points and it was a massive win, but we need to push on now and build on that.”

Shakespeare’s credentials to take over as Foxes’ manager on a full-time basis were bolstered by the win, but the caretaker refused to be drawn on whether he felt he should be offered the role.

“My remit was (to manage for) one game,” said Shakespeare. “Could I do the job? I think I can. Does it faze me? No. I’ve quite enjoyed the last few days in a way. It’s been different for me, as an assistant manager, I’ve been an assistant manager for a long, long time. Having to deal with the press and the other things has been different but I’ve quite enjoyed it.

“I think it’s just one game and I’m humble enough to know that. We have to make sure that the owners will do what’s right for the football club. It’s a question for the owners.”

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