Date: 16th March 2017 at 10:02pm
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Manager Craig Shakespeare has dismissed suggestions from Samir Nasri that Jamie Vardy was a cheat and spoke about his pleasure with his performances of late.

Having more than played his part in the second leg Champions League victory over Sevilla in midweek, Vardy found himself in a clash with Nasri in the game and whilst both players saw yellow cards for their behaviour, it was Nasri’s second of the day so saw him dismissed from the pitch.

Sky Sports quote Nasri as saying post game.

‘For me, he’s a cheat because if he was a foreign player you, the English press, would be saying he’s a cheat. They were winning 2-0, play the game like a man.’

Yeah okay, I think most people’s reaction would be the same as Shakespeare admittedly he was probably far politer.

‘Jamie’s not a cheat and never has been, never will be. I think Jamie responded well to the comment and we have to put it to bed. The game has gone, the referee made his decision and we have to move on.’

Questioned more about Vardy’s form this year with his goalscoring draught issues, his recent run of three goals in four games is a marked different from three in the previous 26 and Shakespeare said that whilst it hadn’t worked for him in front of net earlier in the year, you could never fault his workrate and all strikers have periods like that anyway.

‘Tell me a forward who hasn’t gone through that spell. It happens. With Jamie’s reaction, you could see the joy in terms of the first goal he got. Strikers live and die by their goals but the overall performance of forwards is vitally important.’

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