Claudio Ranieri plays down Leicester City win

West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City Claudio Ranieri

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Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has played down his side’s 3-2 win over West Bromwich Albion, but he was quick to praise their performance.

The Foxes fell behind at the Hawthorns when striker Salomon Rondon fired the Baggies into the lead.

In-form winger Riyhad Mahrez then put Leicester ahead with a brace, before Jamie Vardy grabbed yet another goal.

Former Liverpool forward Rickie Lambert netted from the penalty spot to give Tony Pulis’ side a late chance, but in the end it was not enough.

The three points keep Leicester in third place in the Premier League table, but Ranieri insists it means nothing until May.

“It’s a good sound [being third], but it’s not the end of May,” he said. “It was important to win here as they won their last two games 1-0, but we wanted to win and I think we deserved to score in the first-half.

“But it was a good reaction and [we showed] good character in the battle. We were ready to fight.”

Vardy scored for the eighth Premier League game in a row anlecd in doing so became only the third player to do so. Ruud van Nistelrooy and Daniel Sturridge are the only others do it and now the England international has set his sights on adding to his tally.

Van Nistelrooy’s record stands as he netted in 10 games in a row and Vardy is now hoping to match him.

“Obviously, if I achieved it, it would be an absolute honour,” he said. “But I’ve just got to prepare for the next game, knuckle down and hopefully score in that one.”

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