Albrighton bemoans poor first half

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Marc Albrighton has revealed that Aston Villa received some harsh words from manager Alex McLeish at half-time after a poor start in the defeat to Manchester United.

Villa were one down at the break thanks to Phil Jones' first career goal and Albrighton admitted: "We came in at half-time and rightly got a rollicking off the gaffer. It was deserved.

"We didn't get going at the start and I can't put my finger on why. The gaffer told us to go out and press them high and try and make them make mistakes. But we just didn't do that."

Villa noticeably improved in the second 45 minutes and managed to carve out a couple of decent sights of goal but failed to beat Anders Lindegaard in the United net.

Albrighton added: "In the first half we went out there and looked scared of them. We let them play and backed off.

"But it just goes to show what you can do when you look at our second half display. We came out after the break, got in their faces and worked hard and I don't think you can fault us. Unfortunately we didn't get the vital goal we needed."

The England Under-21 international was also critical of his own display in the first period.

He said: "I felt from my own perspective I didn't contribute to the game in the first half as much but in the second half I worked hard and managed to get a couple of crosses in."

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