Jamie Vardy Reveals Why He Mocked Pepe Reina After Scoring His Penalty
Jamie Vardy scored from the penalty spot just four minutes after being introduced as a substitute on Monday night, and he was helped by Aston Villa goalkeeper Pepe Reina's mind games.
It wasn't a good night for Reina as Villa lost 4-0 to Leicester City. The keeper sprinted out of his goal for Harvey Barnes opener with little to no chance of getting to the ball before the midfielder and left Barnes with a virtual open goal.
Vardy revealed that it wasn't the 37-year-olds only mistake. Before the penalty the Spaniard spoke to the striker and after the match the former England international revealed that Reina had tried to play mind games but it had completely backfired.
Scoring from the spot ended Vardy's run of 10 games without a goal, which stretched back, to the league game against Manchester City in December, and he soon added a second goal.
After putting away his penalty he could be seen shouting towards Reina and his admission that the former Liverpool goalie had tried to bluff him explains the reason behind it.
Vardy and Leicester poor run of form, with the Foxes only winning three of their last 11 games before last night, has coincided with each other and Brendan Rodgers would have been very happy to see his star man back on the score sheet.
His brace coupled with Barnes' put them back on track to finish third in the league, putting them five points clear of Chelsea in fourth and eight above Manchester United in fifth.
The win for the Foxes meant revenge over their Midlands rivals for the Carabao Cup semi final loss and also was a blow to Dean Smith's side's chances of staying up.
Villa remain two points away from safety, though they do have a game in hand, and have lost their last four games in the league.
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