Aston Villa ace claims his innocence

Aston Villa winger Marc Albighton has stated that he is not a cheat, despite Wolves fans venting their frustration against him at the weekend.

Karl Henry was sent off for kicking out at the Villa midfielder in Alex McLeish’s side’s 3-2 win over the Molineux club, and Albrighton was given a hard time by the home fans after the incident.

Despite this, Albrighton has maintained that he was the victim and should not be accused of playacting.

“It [the kick] was pretty hard and it winded me. It’s something I wouldn’t want again,” he told Mirror Football.

“It hurts, definitely, when I read the papers on Sunday and Monday. It does hurt a lot, especially when people in the crowd call you a cheat when I was the victim, on the floor getting kicked.

“But that’s football, part and parcel of the game these days, and you have to take the criticism thrown at you. It spurs you on to do even better when people are booing you and calling you a cheat.

“I think he probably saw the red mist and lost his head a little. He’s probably a really nice guy off the pitch although I don’t really know him.

“Something stupid came over him. I’m not saying it’s right to go around kicking people on the sly but in the heat of the moment, these things happen. The emotions are high and the pressure is there,” he admitted.

By Gareth McKnight