I am just doing my job - Vardy

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JAMIE Vardy took his goal tally for the season to an impressive 25 with his latest double against Nantwich on Tuesday.

The former Stocksbridge Park Steels man has been attracting plenty of attention with his exploits, not surprising with eight of his total having come in the last three games.

But you will not hear the Town speedster shouting his own praises from the rooftops - in fact his reaction to all his recent publicity has been quite the reverse.

“I am not on fire, I am just contributing to the team effort,” he said.

“When you get into those positions you have to finish them off, haven’t you?”

That being the case, he must have been disappointed not to have made it a hat-trick of hat-tricks as he was denied by the keeper late on in Tuesday’s 3-1 win.

“It should have been really,” he said. “But I mishit it.

“I went to go across the keeper and ended up going near post. These things happen.”

The most remarkable thing about Vardy’s goalscoring record this season is that so many of his goals have come when he has been playing on the wing.

“I do prefer to be up front, playing on the last man’s shoulder and getting to the balls over the top,” he said.

“I should be able to beat the last man for pace and be through on goal.”

Town have won five in a row going into Saturday’s Shay clash with one-time challengers for the title, Matlock against whom they could actually clinch automatic promotion.

During the run they have scored 17 goals which has helped dispel fears that the defeat at Buxton early in the month may in anyway derail their title bid.

“We have responded well after the Buxton game,” said Vardy. “We all know we didn’t perform very well that day and we were not at our best in a couple of matches after that.

“But we ground out results and, as everyone says, that’s a sign of champions.

“It would be nice to win it at home but even if Buxton keep winning it is down to us.”