He added of hat-trick hero Benteke: “You can’t speak highly enough of him. He keeps his feet on the ground and is hungry to have success as a footballer. I thought we needed a striker like that. He is a big lad and everyone can see his technique is fabulous. “He played a lot of games for Genk. He is Belgium’s main target player and they are going to qualify for the World Cup. “People forget he is 22. He has a big career in front of him as long as he keeps working hard.” Typically, Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio pulled no punches afterwards as his side’s two-game winning run came to a shuddering halt, apologising to the visiting supporters for a performance he branded “unacceptable”. “There were two different teams on the field,” he said. “Aston Villa had a ferocity. They had desire and ambition, like it was the last chance of their lives. For us, after two wins in a row, our stomach was a bit full. When you eat a lot, you relax, you sleep. “We have to apologise to the supporters. You can lose with a big gap but the way it happened was not acceptable. “Now we have to work with blood in our eyes.” Press Association Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has tipped hat-trick hero Christian Benteke to enjoy a big future in the game – but still passed man-of-the-match honours to Matthew Lowton following the 6-1 rout of Sunderland. Villa’s win not only took them five points clear of third-bottom Wigan, it also improved their goal difference as they overhauled Newcastle. After Ron Vlaar and Danny Rose had traded strikes Andreas Wiemann put Villa ahead again in the first half, and Lambert had Benteke to thank following his second-half heroics before Gabriel Agbonlahor added a sixth. Benkete’s efforts were still not enough for his manager to select him as Villa’s stand-out performer on a dream night, though. Lambert said: “He was all right but Matt Lowton was the best player on the pitch by an absolute mile.”
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Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has revealed the first steps of a film adaptation if his rise from non-league hitman to Premier League star are in place.Many predicted the Foxes would face a relegation fight this season, yet with 13 matches remaining they are five points clear at the top flight summit.Claudio Ranieri’s men face a crunch clash with title rivals Arsenal on Sunday, with Vardy, like so many times this season, set to play a key role.Less than six years after plying his trade for Stocksbridge Park Steels, and after stops at Halifax and Fleetwood, the 29-year-old is the Premier League’s top scorer thanks to an 18-goal haul.British screenwriter Adrian Butchart wants to adapt that remarkable ascent for the big screen and went to see Vardy in action against Liverpool earlier in the month, when the England international netted both goals in a 2-0 win.And Vardy has revealed he has spoken with the filmmaker to begin talks over a potential movie of his meteoric rise.“He wanted to see a game and the way we played that day he can come every week,” Vardy told the Daily Star.“I went and had a chat with him and he said he was getting things in place to start it.”Asked if the film needs a happy ending, Vardy said with caution: “We’ll see what happens and see where they want to take it.” 1 Leicester City star Jamie Vardy