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Albrighton – An Ugly Win But A Win

15 Mar

Winger Marc Albrighton has admitted that last night’s encounter with Newcastle United was a scrappy and ugly affair – but it was three points and that’s all that mattered.

Re-opening the five point gap at the top of the Premier League table courtesy of a tight defensive showing and Shinji Okazaki’s 25th minute winner, in his own post game press conference, Albrighton told after the game that for him the match showed our spirit and he felt it was a professional performance given the game management we showed to see the match out and keep the clean sheet.

‘It was quite a scrappy game and it wasn`t the best that we`ve played this season. I thought Newcastle gave a good account of themselves – they stuck in the game. They made it difficult for us but at this stage of the season the most important thing about a football match is the result and we managed to get all three points today which was crucial. 1-0 is always a difficult scoreline because the other team always feels like they`ve got the chance to get back in it. One chance or bit of luck can put you on level terms and it could swing their way. It`s not a nice scoreline but we dug in and I thought our game management towards the end, especially with Jeff Schlupp coming on and holding the ball up in the corner – I thought that was superb.’

With Okazaki taking the headlines for his first King Power Stadium goal of the season, the Japanese international came in for praise from Albrighton for both the bicycle kick to win it, but his work rate and effort across the season so far.

‘He`s always there in the penalty or six-yard box. He`s scored a couple of scrappy goals this season but that was definitely up there with one of the best this season. The skill and technique involved in his finish was superb so credit to him. He`s been terrific for us this season and the goals are coming with it.’

On to Crystal Palace at the weekend and hopefully another three points on our quest for the unlikely title!

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