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Brendan Rodgers backing his five-star Leicester to get even better

Down and rout: Vardy heads his second as Leicester humbled Newcastle 5-0 at the King Power yesterday PICTURE: REX

Leicester 5-0 Newcastle

BOSS Brendan Rodgers believes Leicester have plenty of room for improvement despite dismantling ten-man Newcastle to go third.

Jamie Vardy bagged a second-half brace as the ruthless Foxes made the most of Isaac Hayden’s red card and turned up the heat on Magpies boss Steve Bruce.

‘We’ve got a lot to learn still and a lot of improvements to make but the boys are absolutely brilliant,’ said Rodgers.

‘Every single day they come in to get better, to improve and like I say they want to learn which, as a coach, it’s the dream ticket really.

‘They’re coachable, they’re hungry, they want to get better.

‘It’s a really, really good balance in the team of senior players and a lot of young players that, like I said, can get better.’

Leicester were vastly superior even with 11 men, Ricardo Pereira having fired them in front with his weaker left foot after 16 minutes.

But any hopes Newcastle had of getting back into the game followed Hayden down the tunnel, referee Craig Pawson showing no hesitation in pulling out the red card for a reckless follow-through on Dennis Praet.

Vardy doubled Leicester’s lead in the 54th-minute when his shot from an acute angle squeezed under keeper Martin Dubravka.

Luck was on their side for the third as Praet’s attempted cross deflected off Paul Dummett and trickled inside the near post.

Substitute Marc Albrighton provided an inch-perfect cross that allowed an unmarked Vardy to score with a simple header.

Wilfred Ndidi wrapped up the rout with a lovely turn and shot in the box beyond Dubravka.