Leicester City's Ben Marshall determined to secure place in starting line-up
Ben Marshall is determined to cement his place in the Leicester City starting line-up.
The midfielder came back with a bang at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and was man of the match in City's 2-0 victory.
The England under-21 international, who replaced Anthony Knockaert, set up Danny Drinkwater for the first goal and scored a stunning second to cap a top-class performance.
It was only his second start since the 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough at the end of September, with the rest of time spent on the bench.
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Now, he is hoping to kick on when City travel to Leeds United tonight (7.45).
Marshall admits his form had dipped after an excellent start to the season, which was rewarded with a call-up to the England under-21 squad, but said his confidence was now returning.
"I haven't been frustrated at all on the bench," he said. "It is all down to my performances. Sometimes you have to take your chance.
"I have just been waiting for my chance and it has come and it is up to me to stay in the side now.
"My form may have dipped a bit but that wasn't to do with the England under-21s. Every player goes through it, a drop in confidence.
"Confidence is one of the main things in football. But now I want to put it behind me and crack on.
"It is always hard coming on as sub and trying to get into the pace of a game. I have managed to get 80 minutes in. I did all right, scored a goal and I can't do much more."
The victory put City up to third in the table and Marshall said it was vital they remained in the top three and in contention for automatic promotion.
"We are up there now and it is our job to stay there and push on," he said. "If we can get back to top spot again then it will be up to us to stay there."
City head to Elland Road, where they will face former defender Lee Peltier.
"I am good friends with Pelts and he is a good player," said Marshall. "It will be a tough game," he said.
"Three points is the target and, if we show the same spirit that we showed at Sheffield on Saturday, we can come away with the victory."