Albrighton: We Got In Their Faces

Winger Marc Albrighton hailed yet another lightening start from Leicester City on Saturday as they put Southampton to the sword in the Barclays Premier League.
Another sold out King Power Stadium was the backdrop as Riyad Mahrez fired home twice inside the opening 20 minutes to set the Foxes up for a thrilling and well deserved 2-0 win. 

It lifted them three points clear of the bottom three with two games remaining, and was the sixth time in the last seven games that they’d scored first– a key contributor to their success according to Albrighton. 

“I think we started well in the West Ham game and ever since then we’ve taken heart from it because we won that game and it’s probably been a feature of our winning streak at the moment,” he told Foxes Player. 

“It sets the tone, so if we can keep doing that to teams, it sets them on the back foot straight away, so it’s only good for us. 

“Obviously Southampton like to play their football, keep the ball on the deck and their movement is good. We got in their faces and closed the space off so it gave them fewer chances to do that. That’s what we aimed to do, and I think we did it well.” 

City’s recent form has got the entire league sitting up and paying attention, and for Albrighton, who found opportunities limited in the early part of the season, it’s a run that’s he’s thoroughly enjoying. 

In recent weeks the former Aston Villa man has performed brilliantly in the more unfamiliar role of wing-back, but as long as the team are winning, it’s something he’s more than willing to do. 

He said: “I hope to keep improving, keep playing well and put in more good performances and in the long term I’m hoping to get better as a player. 

“Funnily enough I’m enjoying it. Obviously it’s a bit more of a defensive role than I’ve been used to in my career so far but that system is working and it’s going well, and for me personally I feel I’m playing well, so it can only be good for the team. 

“As long as we’re winning games with that system, I’m more than happy to play it. 

“It’s as tight as ever in the league now. That result against Southampton was massive for us and we’ve got two big games now with teams that are around us. 

“It’s going to be difficult because everyone is fighting for their lives and we go to Sunderland next week, and that’ll be probably our hardest game of the season because they’re going to be bang up for it. It’s going to be difficult but we’ll go there with confidence.”

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