Saturday 24 March 2018

Albrighton keen to see family smile

Marc Albrighton celebrates scoring Leicester's fourth goal against Sunderland
Marc Albrighton celebrates scoring Leicester's fourth goal against Sunderland

Leicester star Marc Albrighton hopes his form can put a smile back on his family's face after their tragic summer.

The winger scored in Saturday's opening-day 4-2 win over Sunderland as he and his family continue to rebuild their lives.

Sue Davey, the mother of Albrighton's partner Chloe Fulford, was killed in the Tunisia terror attacks in June while on holiday with partner Scott Chalkley, who also died.

Albrighton and his family have been supported by the club and the 25-year-old wants to help ease the pain following their heartbreaking loss.

He said: "You look at life and everything in a different light and different way. You think about what is important and what is not important.

"If I can play football then it is taking my mind off things and if I am doing well my family are happy and that is all I can ask for.

"I will see them now and they will all be happy, when you see them smiling it is the best thing in the world.

"At the minute we have my girlfriend's brother Conor Fulford living with us.

"He was getting into me saying you need a celebration, you need to do something for my mum.

"We were racking our brains and couldn't think.

"Chloe has been saying her mum has been up there putting a few things right and she has definitely helped me out.

"I can't thank everyone enough for the way that myself, and especially my family, have been treated."

Riyad Mahrez's double and Jamie Vardy's opener had given Leicester a 3-0 half-time lead in Claudio Ranieri's first game in charge.

Albrighton added: "He noticed we did well at the end of last year so he has not changed too much."

Jermain Defoe and Steven Fletcher pulled goals back for Sunderland in the second half in between Albrighton's strike.

But midfielder Jack Rodwell admitted it was damage limitation at half-time to ensure they avoided a similar defeat after losing 8-0 at Southampton last season.

"We came in at half-time with an uphill task and we had to try not to get beaten by six or seven," he said.

"It's not a fear you would get that, it's just when you react when you are 3-0 down everyone starts chasing and you are not as organised as you are supposed to be.

"It happened against Southampton last season, that's when gaps create, they get space and score goals."

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