Aston Villas 21 year-old midfielder Marcus Albrighton believes his first full season at the club has gone well.
The club has struggled this season, and still need a couple of wins to be safe from relegation, but Albrighton has been a rare bright spark in a Villa team who have seen their local rivals, Birmingham City lift the Carling Cup.
Albrighton revealed that he felt despite the teams woes, he felt he’d improved a lot throughout the season.
“There’s been some bad times, collectively we’ve not had the best of seasons because of where we are in the division and there’s been some disappointing results and games that we should have won,” the youngster said, speaking to the club website.
“On that note it’s not been great. But on a personal level it’s been brilliant and I hope to keep going and pushing on.
“My defensive work is massively important for every game. I have had that drilled into me since I have been at Villa.
“It’s not all about attacking, scoring goals and making chances, if you’re leaking them at the other end, you’re not going to win football games.
“I have to do my defensive work as well as my attacking side. That’s part of my job. All the top wingers get back to help their full-back out. It’s vital.”
The England under 21 winger listed his goal against Manchester United as a season highlight for him.
“My goal against Manchester United has got to be the highlight for me,” he added.
“To score your first goal at Villa Park in front of the Holte End against a team like Manchester United was so special.”