Monday, 12 December 2011

Albrighton Packs Mum Off To Pub To End Goal Drought

Marc Albrighton found the perfect way to end his goal drought – he packed his mum off to the pub.

And with the Villa winger thirsty for more strikes, mother Carol can expect a Christmas spent in the boozer.

Season-ticket holder Carol was a regular in the stands as Albrighton went 18 games without a goal.

But she decided to skip the trip to Bolton and her son scored to end a Villa’s own lengthy ­goalless run and set his side on the way to victory over Owen Coyle’s hapless side.

Stiliyan Petrov added a second and, despite Ivan Klasnic’s goal suggesting a frantic finale, the Trotters left the pitch to a chorus of boos following a seventh Reebok defeat this term.

Albrighton said: “It seems my mum’s the opposite of a lucky charm. When she’s not there, I score. So she’ll have to give up her season ticket.

“She’s already seen my goal – she was watching in a pub somewhere on some dodgy channel.

“I spoke to her and they’re over the moon for me. I told her she should stay away – and dad’s telling her the same thing.

“He might force her to stay away so we can keep winning. I’m not superstitious, but it was mentioned before the game that because she wasn’t here I’d score.

“Now it’s happened, so I’ll think it even more. It seems like it’s coming true.”

The 22-year-old has a 100 per cent record at the Reebok with two in two, and his opener gave a Villa team without a goal in five and a half hours a shot in the arm.

And Bolton had been living dangerously before Albrighton buried a simple chance for the opener.

Petrov is probably still trying to figure out how he failed to convert Charles N’Zogbia’s cross from six yards out. And Darren Bent must be hoping England boss Fabio Capello missed the highlights of this having aimed a chance straight at Jussi Jaaskelainen.

It was simply a matter of time before Villa ended their away-day woes as shambolic Bolton presented them with chance after chance.

Gabby Agbonlahor flew down the wing, squared and Albrighton (above) tucked home from close range. Within six minutes Petrov had put the visitor’s two up – although his drive from the edge of the box deflected past ­Jaaskelainen off defender Gary Cahill.

A half-time rant from Coyle fired up his side and Klasnic gave them some hope by converting the loose ball following Zat Knight’s effort.

But with Brad Guzan proving an able deputy for the injured Shay Given in the Villa goal, Bolton slumped to defeat – and the bottom of the Premier League.

Albrighton added: “It’s a ­tremendous three points and we really needed it. We dug in and showed great character.

“It’s Liverpool next and this has given us confidence now. When you beat someone in this league you feel like you can take on anyone else.

“We’ve got tough games coming up and that’s why this win was so important. We’ve got a difficult festive season.”

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