Marc Albrighton hopes Leicester have thrown another Wembley charge in FA Cup
Marc Albrighton will be hopeful Leicester have launched another charge against Wembley after starting their FA Cup defense with a convincing 4-1 win over Watford.
Despite missing a large number of players due to injuries and international calls, the incumbents proved far too strong for ex-manager Claudio Ranieri’s side in their third round match at King Power. Stadium Saturday.
An early penalty from Youri Tielemans and a strike from James Maddison put the Foxes on the right track before Harvey Barnes and Albrighton, who led the team, signed the win after a reply from Joao Pedro.
“We are here to keep the FA Cup,” Albrighton told LCFC TV. “I think that must be the goal.
“There is no point in participating in a competition and not wanting to go all the way. We have proven that we can do it before and this is our first step to doing it again. “
Leicester were deprived of 17 squad members for various reasons and the other eight available senior fielders started when manager Brendan Rodgers made nine changes, most of them forced.
The team was completed by Vontae Daley-Campbell, 20, and debutant Lewis Brunt, 21. Resting keeper Kasper Schmeichel aside, the bench consisted of six inexperienced players, including three in Wanya Marcal-Madivadua, Kasey McAteer and Will Alves. in the second half.
Albrighton said: “As the manager said – he was proud after the Liverpool game when we won 1-0, but that was a different kind of pride with all the adversity and the week we had , losing players most of the time.
“For the kids it’s a fantastic opportunity to train with us, learn and step in and look like they’ve been playing for years. It’s amazing to be part of such a fantastic team and team.
Watford had some brilliant times. Pedro’s effort came as a quick response to Maddison, bringing the score to 2-0 while the Portuguese also hit the bar when the score was 3-1, shortly after a brief delay for a breakdown of projector.
The visitors also got a penalty call after Brunt clashed with Ashley Fletcher and Daley-Campbell had the chance to avoid a second yellow card for a foul on Pedro.
Still, having made seven changes himself, Ranieri was just happy enough to avoid further injury ahead of some crucial relegation battles to come.
The Hornets, 17th, face Newcastle, Burnley and Norwich – the three teams below them – in their next three Premier League games.
With top scorer Emmanuel Dennis, new signings Hassane Kamara and Samir weren’t at risk at Leicester and now they could all come into play.
Ranieri said: “We are now focusing on the next three matches. We have to be strong, compact and try to do our best, like we do in every game.
“We’re doing well right now and I don’t think of any other signings in the future. I think of these players.
“We bought these players to have another chance to fight together.”