Rob Tanner: Jamie Vardy 'cheat' claim churlish and just wrong
Leicester City may have felt hard-done by after their defeats at Charlton and Blackburn, but they finally got their rewards – and a slice of good fortune – to beat Blackpool.
Their performances at both The Valley and Ewood Park deserved more than they got.
But, after those defeats and the terrible midweek display against Burton in the Capital One Cup, City needed this win desperately as they headed into first international break of the season – and this time they got it.
As they have done in all their Championship games so far, City attacked with gusto and played enterprising and exciting football.
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However, it took a controversial penalty to give them victory.
Tangerines boss Ian Holloway, who must be thinking the King Power Stadium is cursed for him, was furious at the award of City's match-winning penalty.
While he could legitimately argue it was a decision that should not have been given, it was wrong and churlish to accuse Jamie Vardy of cheating.
When Tiago Gomes challenged Vardy, he did get a touch on the ball but there was considerable contact to force Vardy over.
Ben Marshall stepped up and conidently lashed the ball into the top of the net.
In a game littered with penalty appeals, which was an indication of the amount of times both sides got into the opposition's penalty box, it was probably one of the more weaker claims. However, City should have had a penalty three minutes before when Lloyd Dyer was fouled just as he was about to shoot.
That was the clearest cut claim of the game, but it wasn't given and Pearson must have been thinking 'here we go again'.
So when Premier League referee Michael Jones did point to the spot, it must have felt like justice to Pearson, even if it was a generous award.
Vardy was at the centre of everything for City.
His willingness to chase every ball and not let defenders settle placed them under immense pressure and he was the catalyst to a victory which has made City's start to the campaign look a whole lot healthier.
While it was ridiculous that the dark clouds were seen to be gathering over the King Power Stadium after just four league games, another defeat ahead of the international break would have certainly created an uneasy atmosphere around City as they head to face Wolves next.
This victory, on the back of another strong attacking performance, will certainly lift those dark clouds.
City can now travel to Molineux with less of a weight upon their shoulders.