Leicester City winger Marc Albrighton believes a good run in the FA Cup could help the Foxes in their bid to avoid the drop this season.
The Foxes have lost their last four Premier League fixtures
in a row – leaving them bottom of the table with increasing pressure on manager Nigel Pearson.
Their last win came four games ago in the FA Cup fourth-round tie at Tottenham Hotspur, when they scored twice in the last 10 minutes to win 2-1.
They face Aston Villa
in a fifth-round tie on Sunday and Albrighton hopes to stretch their run in the cup to boost their confidence and chances of survival.
But he is wary of his old club who will be playing for the first time since Paul Lambert was sacked in midweek.
“I think their players there will just be thinking that potential new managers are going to be watching on and they’ve got to perform if they’ve got any chance of staying in the team when the new manager comes in,” Albrighton told Leicester’s official website.
“It’s going to be a difficult test because they are going to be up for it, and the fans too. It’s going to be a good atmosphere and a good occasion.
“I think it’s another game that you look to go and win. If you can get that winning mentality, no matter what competition it’s in, it’s always good.
“If we’re failing to do that in the league, then the cup is something we can use to bounce back.”
Aston Villa are 2.37 favourites to win Sunday’s game at Villa Park, with a draw 3.16 and Leicester 2.93.