Vardy brace sinks Cottagers
Brendan Rodgers saluted Jamie Vardy after he passed his century of goals for Leicester City to help them ease past Fulham.
The forward's late brace took his tally to 101 as the Foxes won 3-1 to condemn the Cottagers to a sixth straight defeat. It has taken Vardy 262 games since netting his first against Torquay in the League Cup in 2012 to pass his century.
The 32-year-old also set up Monaco loanee Youri Tielemans to score his first Foxes goal after 21 minutes at the King Power Stadium.
They earned Rodgers his first victory as Leicester boss but the Northern Irishman reserved special praise for Vardy.
"He is a wonderful striker and scored two very good goals," he said. "He is one of the best in this division if you get up the pitch and slide him in. He doesn't need many chances to score.
"He's a top-class striker. He's is through on goal for his 100 goals and he squares it (for Tielemans). It tells you what a team player he is.
"I'm very happy he is here. He's tactically very good and starts off the press well."
Vardy scored with 12 minutes left after James Maddison's through ball. He wrapped up victory by tapping in Harvey Barnes' cross four minutes from time - his 12th of the season - as Leicester rose to 10th after just their fifth home league win this term.
Rodgers added: "What was pleasing were the ideas we're trying to implement in term of our pressing and intensity. If we had a better last pass we could have had two more before half-time."
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.