Albrighton praise for Robertson

18 September 2010 12:28
Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton has hailed former assistant boss John Robertson as a key figure in his development into a first-team player.

The 20-year-old has caught the eye with a series of good performances since breaking into the team under caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald at Villa Park.

Despite suffering from a series of injury problems that hindered his progress, Albrighton has managed to overcome them and become an important part of the setup this year for the Midlands-based side.

Robertson was in the Villa setup during Martin O'Neill's reign, which came to an sudden end in August, meaning the former Nottingham Forest winger also left the club, with Albrighton marking the Scot out as a huge influence on his career.

"My dad was watching Forest in the era when Robbo was in his prime. In European Cup matches he was the best player on the pitch. I've watched all the wingers, John Barnes, Chris Waddle," he told the Daily Mail.

"The main thing Robbo taught me was to be positive. That if I've got a one v one situation that it's just about the last thing that a defender wants - especially if it's late in the second half.

"I lacked self-belief and robbo was keen to get it into my head that I shouldn't worry about losing the ball.

"I was beating myself up if I lost the ball or put in a bad cross or was tackled. It's about knowing when to take people on. If you have John Carew or Emile Heskey to aim at, it might be better to create half a yard and whip it in."

Source: Team_Talk