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Jamie Vardy rescues point for Leicester as Southampton squander lead

The England forward had the Saints backline in fits as Leicester aggressively attacked Southampton in the second half

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England striker Jamie Vardy netted twice to rescue a point for Leicester as they came from 2-0 down to draw away at St. Mary's. <!-- ######## START FLOATED VIDEO SNIPPET ######## -->

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Vardy's double earns him the title of the Premier League's top goalscorer in what is proving to be a great season for the former non-league forward.

Southampton looked completely comfortable as they headed down the tunnel at half-time with their two-goal cushion.

Ronald Koeman's men took the lead after 21 minutes as Saints captain Jose Fonte toward to head home the opener from a Dusan Tadic corner.

Dutch international Virgil van Dijk doubled Southampton's advantage on 37 minutes when he seized on the rebound as Graziano Pelle's header bounced off the post - the team finally displaying its attacking prowess from set-pieces following on from a well-worked corner.

However, the introduction or Riyad Mahrez showed Leicester's intentions in the second half as they took the game to Southampton.

This was an impressive tactical switch from Foxes coach Claudio Ranieri and proved to be decisive as Saints' defence looked petrified of Leicester's high-pressing game and pacy forwards.

Vardy grabbed a goal to narrow Saints' scoreline advantage when he headed home unmarked in a swift Leicester counter-attack following van Dijk inexplicably giving the ball away at the half-way line.

As pressure mounted on the Saints backline, they crumbled as veteran 'keeper Kelvin Davis, who looked shaky throughout his appearance as a result of a back injury suffered by regular regular starter Maarten Stekelenburg, produced a sloppy clearance which was seized upon my Mahrez whose threaded pass found Vardy to smash the ball home making it 2-2.

This deflating 90th minute equaliser would have left Southampton fans feeling like they had suffered defeat after squandering such a great opportunity to close distance with the Premier League's top six.