Gillingham 0-1 Leicester: FA Cup player ratings

Marc Albrighton of Leicester City (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Marc Albrighton of Leicester City (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images) /
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Lewis Brunt of Leicester City (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images) /

Lewis Brunt – 6

The early part of this third round tie, in fact most of the first half, will have been a frustrating experience for most City fans watching from home with the amateur camera angle and the lack of any tactical plan, not to mentioned those who had made the five hour round trip to sit in a stand with no roof as the rain drew in.

A lot of that frustration stemmed from the amount of long balls being played, meaning the creative force of Youri Tielemans was often missed out of the game. The scapegoat for this was youngster Lewis Brunt, whose diagonals kept going awry, but the 22-year-old was not solely to blame for what wasn’t happening.

In the second half, it was much better from City, and without the tactical instruction to aim long for Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho, Brunt grew into the game and it appeared he was where he belongs. A little bit of composure in possession was lacking, but this is the case with any raw talent who is given a chance to impress.

Marc Albrighton – 7

With Jonny Evans out for at least three weeks, the captain’s armband was wrapped around the bicep of Marc Albrighton for the day. The man from Tamworth can now be placed in the category of ‘veteran professional’ and it was his experience that helped the Foxes get through what could’ve been a banana skin tie.

The winger/wing-back had an audacious effort as the second half began from the right-hand side, that for one second looked as if it might be looping underneath the crossbar, and put in a real shift up and down the touchline that proved exactly why he can be trusted with the captain’s responsibility.

That experience was relied upon once more late on, as the No. 11 helped to run down the clock by winning a corner from a seemingly impossible position to wriggle away from. Now at 33, and with a contract only until the end of next season, we’re likely to see less of Marc Albrighton, but today’s showing was more than enough to remind us of his value.