I'm no diver, says Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy after Blackpool boss Ian Holloway's claims
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has declared 'I'm no diver' after being accused of cheating by Blackpool boss Ian Holloway.
The row centred on a controversial penalty, which Ben Marshall scored to give City a vital 1-0 victory.
Vardy went down inside the area after Tiago Gomes' 53rd minute challenge.
Holloway was so incensed by the decision he refused to shake City boss Nigel Pearson's hand at the final whistle and launched into Vardy on live television.
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An angry Holloway, who saw his side lose their 100 per cent record with the defeat, was scatching in his criticism.
"It was not a penalty. It was a hopeless decision. The boy so blatantly dived,'' Holloway said.
"The crowd also played their part. They shouted for something, then shouted for handball and the referee looked like he could not wait to blow his whistle.''
However, Vardy, who Holloway had tried to sign before his £1million move to City in the summer, insisted there was contact inside the penalty area.
"I have cut inside of him and he has banged into the back of me," he said.
"If there is contact then it is a penalty, but I thought we should have had one just before but the referee has given this one and it is down to the referee at the end of the day.
"There was one on Lloyd Dyer just before and Lloyd said it was definitely a penalty but the referee didn't give it.
"There was no dive, there was definitely contact and the laws of the game say if there is contact and he hasn't touched the ball, then it is a penalty."
After two away defeats and a poor showing as City slumped out of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night, Vardy said it was vital they bounced back to winning ways just ahead of the international break.
"We have started off with a win and two losses but we played really well in those losses and it was only a matter of time before we clicked.
"We needed the three points and we have got it.
"It was very important as we go into the international break now. We have a few lads who have been called up so they will be going away a lot happier.
"It is all about keeping on top of our fitness now as we have a big game against Wolves coming up next."