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Dean Smith pleased with Jamie Vardy as striker nets to salvage a point for Leicester City against Leeds

Leicester City interim boss Dean Smith says he was pleased for Jamie Vardy after the striker came off the bench to secure a 1-1 draw against Leeds United last night.

The Foxes were the better side early on and thought they had the lead when Youri Tielemans thundered in a fine effort.

However, VAR ruled the goal out as Boubakary Soumare was in an offside position in the build-up. Leeds recovered and took the lead.

But Vardy’s late strike rescued a point to keep Leicester just above the relegation zone in the Premier League table. The goal took his tally for the club to 169.

Smith said (via the club’s official website): “I am really pleased for Vards to get his goal. It has not been the most fruitful season for him, but what a time to go and get a goal.

“Hopefully, that gives him the confidence for the run-in now. He will probably feel he should have got that other one too.”

He praised the work of Nigerian international Kelechi Iheanacho, although he refused to say anything about the injury that forced him off.

He also singled out the 3,000 fans in the away end at Elland Road for their contribution.

Leicester host 18th-placed Everton this weekend. The Merseyside club are a point below Leicester in the standings.

The Foxes triumphed 2-0 at Goodison Park earlier this season.

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