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Rodgers praises Vardy after scoring his 100th Leicester goal

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Brendan Rodgers praised the “incredible” Jamie Vardy after he scored his 100th Leicester City goal in their 3-1 win over Fulham on Saturday.

The English striker proved to be a dangerous threat for Fulham throughout the entire 90 minutes at the King Power Stadium and set Leicester on their way by setting up Youri Tielemans for a 21st-minute opener.

Substitute Floyd Ayite equalised for Fulham with a rather scrappy effort before Vardy rose to the occasion yet again by finishing off James Maddison’s through ball in the 78th-minute.

Towards the end of the match, Vardy struck again for his 100th Leicester goal to seal a 3-1 win for the home side.

“He’s an incredible player and I’m very lucky he’s here,” Rodgers told LFCTV.

“I’m very happy he’s here, but it’s not just his striking. I think that defensively, I always like my central striker to be able to press and be tactically good.

“From this early period working with him, he’s tactically exceptional, I have to say. He understands what it is we’re trying to do. On top of that, he’s a real, real major threat in the game.

“I think he showed in the first goal how unselfish he is as a player, a team player. He’s through on goal [going for] 100 goals, but he squares it and Youri gets his finish. I’m lucky he’s here.”

After losing his first match in charge to Watford last weekend, Rodgers was pleased to win on his home debut for Leicester.

“It’s a really nice feeling,” said the Northern Irishman.

“I thought that was a very good win for us, thoroughly deserved. We pressed the game how we would want and started to see the ideas that we’ve been trying to impose on the players.

“I thought they carried them out very well, so it was a good win for us. I said to the players beforehand that you have to respect these games, because these are games that the team have struggled with for a period of time.

“But if you go into it and stay focused and believe in your quality and do your work, then you’ll always have a chance to win.”

The Foxes will next take a trip to Turf Moor for a Premier League match with Burnley next Saturday.