Jamie Vardy: Leicester City Forward Punches Himself After Missing Open Chance vs Watford

Jamie Vardy: Leicester City Forward Punches Himself After Missing Open Chance vs Watford

Martin Moses
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Jamie Vardy punched himself after missing a glaring opportunity against Watford
  • He later bagged a brace against the Hornets to maintain the lead at the top of the table
  • Leicester City were relegated last season after finishing in 18th place

Jamie Vardy produced a comic reaction after missing an open chance to score during Leicester City's game against Watford on November 25.

Vardy is leading the Foxes' charge for Premier League promotion after a crisis-laden campaign last season saw them drop to the second tier of English football.

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Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy. Photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Images.
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He is arguably the best striker in the division, given his loads of Premier League experience that has a title and a Golden Boot on his CV.

Against Watford, he produced a rare miss that left the King Power stadium shocked. The England international started on the bench for Enzo Maresca's side and was introduced after 55 minutes for Kelechi Iheanacho.

Jamie Vardy's punch

Stephy Mavididi floated the ball into the area that was missed by Watford defenders and found Vardy lurking at the back post. However, and rather bizarrely, the 36-year-old skied his effort from six yards out.

The miss was shocking as it is, but it was more appalling when the striker launched a vicious fist on his cheek as if to condemn himself for the glaring miss.

Here is the video of that incident;

He would, however, atone for his mistakes in the 76th minute before adding a second one late into stoppage time to seal maximum points for his side.

Speaking after the game, Vardy admitted that he should have gotten three or more goals in the game;

"I managed to get two. I could have had four, if I’m honest, especially with the volley. Luckily, I think the centre-half's just got a flick on it, and trying to readjust it has put me in a bit of an awkward position," he told the club's website.

The result leaves the Foxes at the top with 42 points, three ahead of second-placed Ipswich Town.

The Wagatha Christie trial

Sports Brief had previously reported that Wayne Rooney would face off with Jamie Vardy on December 16, months after their spouses battled in one of the most publicised court cases.

Coleen Rooney accused Rebekah Vardy of leaking photos from her private Instagram account to the British tabloid paper The Sun. Vardy declined those allegations and sued Rooney for libel.

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