Had Aston Villa valued Marc Albrighton higher, he could well have been getting booed off the pitch in the Championship on Wednesday night.
As it was Albrighton, released on a free in 2014, was scoring Leicester’s first ever goal in the Champions League in the latest episode of the winger proving how wrong Villa were.
On the same evening, his former aide conceded a late equaliser to Brentford to slip to 17th in England’s second tier and draw the ire of home supporters.
Marc Albrighton scored Leicester City’s first ever Champions League goal on Wednesday
Marc Albrighton joined Aston Villa at age nine but was show the door by the club in 2014
Albrighton, a Villa fan from childhood who has been known to still attend games, got some mixed messages upon checking his phone in the dressing room.
‘I got a few texts after the game saying ‘Well done’ and ‘Congratulations’, but then I had texts also saying Villa only drew,’ said Albrighton.
‘But this win outdoes anything. It will live with me forever. I have worked my socks off for this since I was a kid and to say I have scored in this prestigious competition is something I will never forget.
Albrighton became a regular at Leicester – who won the Premier League when Villa went down
‘I never thought I would get the opportunity to play in this competition, let alone score. Beyond my wildest dreams.
‘It is something I never thought I would have been able to achieve. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family and friends, everyone who has stuck by me. This was for them.’
In the fifth minute against Club Brugge, Albrighton eased any nerves on Leicester’s Champions League debut by darting ahead of his marker to tap in a long throw by Luis Hernandez.
Albrighton is not a prolific goalscorer but his goal for Leicester will go into the history books
He then delivered a high-energy performance, mucking in defensively and setting up a number of chances that could have seen the final result even wider than 3-0.
‘For people watching the game it might have looked comfortable but for the players we had to be mentally switched on throughout,’ Albrighton added.
‘You know with one, two or three passes they could cut you open and they have the players to do that. It is draining mentally. It might have looked comfortable but it didn’t feel that way.
‘We couldn’t allow runners to get off us and their movement was good. We had to stay compact at times because they had a lot of the ball. We had to be disciplined in our positional play.’
Albrighton is good for the odd goal – here he scores in 2011 against Bolton Wanderers
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