Defending the inside leg kick.
I'd like some of ye guys to weigh in on this; If it's already been mentioned in previous threads I do apologise my search-fu is weak compared to many here.
My question is how to best effectively defend against the inside leg kick?
(as in he kicks the inside of your front thigh with either his front leg or his back leg)
I personally dislike checking it with the front leg (moving it to the 2 o'clock position) because I feel a little off balance and feel susceptible to further attacks if the kick was part of a combination.
Evasion via footwork? (i.e.; either shuffling away or switching stance or a combination of both) works for me to a certain extent but only at a middle distance.
Preemptive counterattacking? Reading the kick coming and throwing either a cross or a push kick just before he kicks can put him off but I find that even done adequately the inside leg kick is a hard one to 'read' or 'pre-empt'.
A narrower stance can create a smaller target but then (and I realise that this is entirely my opinion) A narrow stance = straighter legs to a certain extent and that in turn leaves you vunerable to other things...
Is there another option that I'm missing? Or should I just drill the **** out of what I already know?