Albrighton: Performances Into Wins

Marc Albrighton says Leicester City’s performances are heading in the right direction ahead of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa at Villa Park.
The winger, who made an impressive cameo from the bench in the midweek defeat to Liverpool, knows all about the weekend’s opposition, having ended a long association with the west midlands side in the summer. 

But despite being at Sunday’s opposition since the age of eight, Albrighton is hoping to help the Foxes secure what will be a vital three points, and he has seen plenty of signs to suggest that is a possibility. 

Speaking to Foxes Player, Albrighton said: “It’s going to be a good contest. Both teams are down there struggling so it’s a game that we’re going with confidence into and we’re looking to win the game. If there’s any game where we can stop our rot, it’s this one. We’re quite capable of going there and upsetting them. 

“We had a dip not so long ago where performances were down, and although we haven’t found the cutting edge to win a game yet I think performances have been improving. 

“I think against Liverpool the other night we did play well in patches, but obviously we need to turn the performances into wins, and we need to start this weekend. 

“Training is as good as it’s ever been. The tempo was high and the lads are working hard fitness-wise, tactically and technically. Everything. We’re eager to get this win and stop the rot.” 

Albrighton faces competition from Riyad Mahrez, Anthony Knockaert and Jeff Schlupp for a starting place on the flanks, and he admitted that he’d love to be involved against his former side. 

"I’m eager to be in every squad, but this is a special one," said Albrighton. "So if I can get a bit of game time here I’ll be chuffed. 

“I think being at Villa Park, the onus is on them to come out at us and have a go. We’ve got to try and exploit that, have a go back and take our chances when we get them. 

“I’ve had some great times there. The people there are brilliant. I’ve made a lot of friends there – the youth coaches from when I joined aged eight until coming through with the reserves. It’s a massive club and one I hold close to my heart. It’ll be a massive day going back. “Both sets of fans are going to need to get behind the players. I’m sure Leicester will sell out and Villa will have a few too. It should be a good atmosphere.”

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