Sport 11.12.2016 09:20 am

Vardy savours first Leicester hat-trick

Leicester City's English striker Jamie Vardy (L) takes the ball around Manchester City's Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo on his way to scoring his third goal, their fourth during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Manchester City at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on December 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  /

Leicester City's English striker Jamie Vardy (L) takes the ball around Manchester City's Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo on his way to scoring his third goal, their fourth during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Manchester City at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on December 10, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. /

Jamie Vardy admitted he was relieved to end his goal drought and get Leicester back on track as the striker’s hat-trick inspired a 4-2 win against Manchester City on Saturday.

Vardy brought a halt to his 16-game barren run in spectacular fashion as the England international clinically converted all three of his shots at the King Power Stadium to net his first hat-trick for Leicester.

It was also Vardy’s first treble since 2012 when he was playing for Fleetwood against Ebbsfleet in non-league football.

Vardy’s life has changed hugely since then and asked if he could recall his previous hat-trick, the Premier League title winner said: “I’m guessing it was for Fleetwood, against Ebbsfleet? I think I scored an audacious halfway line shot as well.”

Vardy is now Leicester’s all-time leading Premier League scorer as his 34 goals took him ahead of Emile Heskey.

But the 29-year-old, who departed to a standing ovation when he was substituted in the closing stages, was more concerned with the impact his goals could have on Leicester after a disappointing run had seen them fall dangerously close to the relegation zone.

“You can definitely say that. We wanted to make sure we were competitive and see the team fighting for the cause and we definitely showed that,” Vardy said.

“We will just get back on the training pitch and look forward to the next game.”

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