Marc Albrighton

Matchday Live Talking Points: Positives In Defeat & Albrighton's Impressive Display

Leicester City favourites Steve Walsh, Gerry Taggart and Iwan Roberts were on hand to provide their expertise during LCFC Radio's post-match reaction following Wednesday's 2-0 Carabao Cup defeat by Arsenal.
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- Leicester City lost 2-0 to Arsenal in the third round of the Carabao Cup at King Power Stadium on Wednesday
- LCFC Radio provided over four hours of coverage from Filbert Way
- Panelists Gerry Taggart, Steve Walsh and Iwan Roberts gave their opinions at full-time
- The ex-City stars believe Leicester were unfortunate in defeat after making 11 changes to the starting XI

Speaking for half an hour after full-time at King Power Stadium, Walsh, Taggart and Roberts picked out key moments for discussion as the Foxes exited the competition at the third round stage.

Despite the disappointment of defeat, the former City trio found reasons for optimism in the performance as side including 11 changes performed admirably against the Gunners.

A lot of positives

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James Maddison
James Maddison

James Maddison was making his first start of the 2020/21 season.

Steve Walsh said: "I enjoyed the game, I really did. I think Arsenal had another gear in that second half. For 25 minutes of that second half, Leicester found it hard. Arsenal were recycling the ball and were fast down the flanks. You'd expect that with the players they had on the pitch. Leicester can take a lot of positives from the game and they gave a good Arsenal side a run for their money."

Pérez's key opportunity 

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Ayoze Pérez & Brendan Rodgers
Ayoze Pérez & Brendan Rodgers

Ayoze Pérez was unfortunate not to make it 1-1 before Arsenal's late second goal.

Gerry Taggart said: "Leicester made a bright start to the second half and had a couple of shooting opportunities, but they didn't hit the target. After that, Arsenal came into the game more and more. The main opportunity later on was Ayoze Pérez, from point-blank range, but Arsenal were good for large parts."

Accuracy in front of goal

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James Maddison & Bernd Leno
James Maddison & Bernd Leno

James Maddison was unlucky not to open the scoring on Filbert Way, hitting the post in the first half.

Iwan Roberts said: "The starting XI tonight won't have played together often. It's hard to be over-critical. There was no lack of effort. No lack of work ethic. They just got, at times, caught out with passes, or giving the ball away. But they had the chances... Pérez, [James] Maddison's chance in the first half. I would've liked to see Leicester work Bernd Leno more, but they were up against a good side."

An exciting game

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Wes Morgan
Wes Morgan

There were 11 changes from the side which beat Burnley 4-2 in the Premier League on Sunday.

Steve Walsh said: "Everybody who saw the game will agree [that Leicester played well]. Brendan [Rodgers] will always put a team out that he believes can do a job. It was an exciting game and Leicester created chances. On another day, we might have had better luck. The lads gave everything and Brendan will know that. There were some good individual performances." 

Albrighton impresses

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Marc Albrighton
Marc Albrighton

The performance of Marc Albrighton drew praise from the LCFC Radio panel.

Gerry Taggart said: "I think [Marc] Albrighton had a great game. He stuck to his task manfully when Arsenal were bombing down the flank and he was one of the most productive players. He played two or three lovely balls in, you've got to say, in that first half, and Leno did well to stop [Kelechi] Iheanacho for that one in the first half."

Dewsbury-Hall's admirable home debut

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Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall

The Foxes youngster started in centre midfield for the home side, and impressed throughout.

Iwan Roberts said: "Let's not forget young Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, playing against a top team. I think he won the personal battles with Joe Willock, an England Under-21s international, so credit to him."

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