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ADAMS: ALBION MUST BE WARY OF VARDY THREAT

19 August 2017

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Former Albion boss Micky Adams.

Former Brighton & Hove Albion boss Micky Adams has singled out Leicester City's threat on the counter-attack and the pace of England striker Jamie Vardy as the Foxes' main threat ahead of today's Premier League game at the King Power Stadium.

Adams was a guest on BBC Sussex's Albion Unlimited show this week, and revealed, "The one thing Leicester do is turn teams around. Brighton are going to have to make sure that they don't get too tight to Jamie Vardy.

"Balls into his feet shouldn't be a problem, but balls over the top, now they are a problem. It's a big challenge for [Shane] Duffy and [Lewis] Dunk on Saturday."

Adams - who also managed Leicester, between two spells with Albion, and led the Foxes to promotion to the Premier League - felt Albion should be focused on set pieces.

"They are very vulnerable from set pieces. I've seen Leicester City play a lot of times and even in the Premier League winning season they were vulnerable from set pieces.

"They are not the biggest side, so if you isolate Maguire and Morgan, then they don't have a great deal of height in the side - and that could be an avenue for Brighton to exploit."

Meanwhile Adams is delighted to see his former club thriving, and is credited with having laid the foundations for the Albion's back-to-back Championships at Withdean in 2001 and 2002.

He led the club to the first, before joining Leicester the following autumn - and former Foxes and England boss Peter Taylor continued where he left off, clinching a second title and promotion to the second tier.

He was at the Amex for last weekend's game against Manchester City, in his role working for the Premier League, and added, "I saw the game on Saturday, and enjoyed seeing a lot of the old faces.

"It's a different football club now, but it is fantastic to see them plying their trade in the Premier League. The atmosphere and matchday experience was terrific, and the way the fans generated the atmosphere before the game was spot on.

"The core of the supporters are still there - the ones who have seen the journey through from Gillingham to the Amex - and the most important thing is that the club has developed. Tony Bloom's done a great job, following on from Dick Knight, and the club is on a solid footing."



Meanwhile Adams revealed his greatest-ever signing at any of his club's was buying Bobby Zamora for £100,000 from Bristol Rovers in the year 2000.

"For £100,000, wow! What a contribution he made to the history of the football club. He is a legend and rightly so. What a great guy he is as well. I was pleased I played a small part in developing him into a Premier League footballer."

Albion Unlimited is the new weekly show on BBC Sussex, with Johnny Cantor, Warren Aspinall and Tim Durrans, and is available on BBC iPlayer.


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