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Albrighton determined to keep thrilling the claret and blue faithful

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Albrighton determined to keep thrilling the claret and blue faithful

By Paul Brown

Marc Albrighton wants to keep thrilling the claret and blue crowds this season - just like his heroes Benito Carbone and David Ginola used to.

Albrighton has been part of the Villa family since he was eight, progressing through the various age levels before making an impact for the academy teams.

He was a key member of the side which reached the 2008 FA Youth Cup semi-finals - and the reserves too.

Albrighton has always been a supporter too, modelling himself on some of the club's most flamboyant and attacking names.

He's keen to excite the crowd like they did.

He said: "When I was 10 or 11, I enjoyed watching Benito and David.

"Benito and David were really creative players and fans turned up to watch players like that.

"They were exciting and they could get the crowd going and on their feet.

"That's what I want to do. We got the crowd going with our attacking football against West Ham and Everton and you could sense how excited they were.

"When I was a young lad in the stands, I know how it felt to watch the team attacking, so I can relate to it.

"It looked like the crowd have enjoyed our home league games so far - as much as we have."

Albrighton is already established as a Villa fan favourite, with supporters singing his name throughout games.

He admits the adoration is "the stuff that dreams are made of" and his confidence has sky-rocketed since impressing on the opening day against the Hammers.

He added: "Just to play was amazing. To have a hand in the goals was a brilliant experience.

"It couldn't have gone any better. I was a bit nervous because I didn't know what it would be like to start a top-flight game.

"But once I got out there and had a couple of early touches, I felt good.

"We soon got the crowd on our side, which was great. To have fans singing your name is the stuff that dreams are made of. I wasn't expecting it but it was fantastic."

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 15th September 2010
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