Leicester’s manager Brendan Rodgers, second left, celebrates with Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Thursday, April 22, 2021. (Michael Regan/Pool via AP)
Jamie Vardy ended his two-month goal drought as Leicester tightened its grip on a Champions League spot with a 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Thursday that pushed the visitors closer to relegation.
Vardy had not netted in his previous 11 games but opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, with Jonny Evans and Kelechi Iheanacho adding goals before the break.
The win strengthened Leicester’s hold on third place, putting the Foxes four points clear of Chelsea and West Ham.
West Brom remained nine points from safety in 19th place with six games left.
Leicester reached the FA Cup final for the first time in 52 years on Sunday, and Brendan Rodgers’ team started in buoyant mood and could have gone ahead after three minutes.
Conor Townsend’s mistake allowed Iheanacho to run clean through but the forward — with 12 goals in his previous 12 games — took a heavy touch which allowed Sam Johnstone to force him wide.
But Leicester took charge with two quick strikes as Vardy ended his long wait for a goal after 23 minutes.
Youri Tielemans’ pass split the Albion defense for Timothy Castagne to run clear and find Vardy to finish for his 15th goal of the season, but just a second in 20 games.
Three minutes later it was 2-0 when Callum Robinson deflected Tielemans’ corner perfectly for Evans to hammer home a header from six yards.
The Baggies were remarkably open, reminiscent of when they conceded 19 goals in Sam Allardyce’s first five home games, and Leicester wrapped the game up nine minutes before the break.
Vardy glided past Townsend to tee up Iheanacho, who continued his hot streak by firing into the roof of the net.
It came seconds after Pereira’s corner hit the top of Leicester’s bar but there was no way back for West Brom.