Ashley Barnes scored twice as Brighton upset high-flying Leicester, who slipped to their second successive defeat in the Championship.

Barnes gave the Seagulls an early lead from close range, before Craig Conway made it 2-0 with a well-placed shot.

Andy King's header got the Foxes back in it, before Seagulls keeper Peter Brezovan pulled off two fine saves.

Barnes then rounded off the win with a penalty after he was fouled in the box by Wes Morgan.

The defeat leaves the Foxes third in the table, one point behind leaders Burnley, while Brighton move within three points of the play-off places.

The Seagulls took a ninth-minute lead when Barnes notched his fourth goal in five games - scoring easily after being set up by Spanish midfielder David Lopez.

Leicester went further behind on 28 minutes when on-loan winger Conway hit his first goal for Brighton. Lopez was again the supplier, crossing expertly before Conway chested the ball down and beat keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

The Seagulls maintained the pressure after the break with Liam Bridcutt firing an angled shot just wide, before an Andrew Crofts strike was turned around the post by Schmeichel.

Leicester got themselves back in the game on 64 minutes when Andy King rose unchallenged to head in a free-kick from Anthony Knockaert at the far post.

Brezovan then did well to tip over an effort from substitute Gary Taylor-Fletcher, before saving a goal-bound shot from King.

But Barnes restored Brighton's two-goal advantage from the penalty spot after skipper Morgan had nudged the striker in the back.

Brighton manager Oscar Garcia:

"I want to mention all the players, not just one.

"In this league you have to fight for every ball if you want to win a game.

"The atmosphere was very noisy. We wanted to start well and we wanted to be brave and we did it."

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:

"We've been the architects of our own downfall and it's happened in the last two games.

"We're not firing on all cylinders but the disappointment is tempered with the way we have been setting some high standards this season."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 02 Bruno
  • 17 Ward
  • 38 Ince
  • 03 Greer (El-Abd - 18' )
  • 20 Upson
  • 21 D. López (Lua Lua - 74' Booked )
  • 26 Bridcutt
  • 09 Barnes
  • 08 Crofts Booked
  • 23 Conway

Substitutes

  • 04 Andrews
  • 06 El-Abd
  • 10 Agustien
  • 14 Calderón
  • 25 Lua Lua
  • 31 Walton
  • 44 Lita

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 27 Wasilewski Booked
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 04 Drinkwater Booked
  • 05 Morgan Booked
  • 23 Miquel
  • 09 Vardy
  • 07 Hammond (Knockaert - 45' )
  • 35 Nugent (Taylor-Fletcher - 64' )
  • 10 King Booked
  • 11 Dyer (Wood - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 08 James
  • 15 Schlupp
  • 18 Moore
  • 22 Taylor-Fletcher
  • 24 Knockaert
  • 25 Logan
  • 39 Wood
Ref: Robert Madley
Att: 27,497

Match Stats

Shots

18 15

On target

4 8

Corners

2 4

Fouls

8 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Leicester City 1.

90:00 +5:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Leicester City 1.

90:00 +3:25

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Stephen Ward.

90:00 +2:49

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +2:49

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

90:00 +2:21

Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Paul Konchesky.

90:00 +1:42

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90:00 +1:42

Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:29

Attempt blocked. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Crofts.

90:00 +0:41 Booking

Booking Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +0:31

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90:00 +0:31

Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:11

Attempt saved. Andy King (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

86:09

Foul by Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion).

86:09

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:27 Booking

Booking Andy King (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:04

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:04

Foul by Andy King (Leicester City).

84:22

Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:22

Foul by Ignasi Miquel (Leicester City).

80:03

Attempt blocked. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

79:53

Attempt blocked. Andy King (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater.

78:51

Attempt missed. Chris Wood (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ignasi Miquel.

78:27

Attempt saved. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

76:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Leicester City 1. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

76:06 Booking

Booking Wes Morgan (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

75:59

Penalty Brighton and Hove Albion. Ashley Barnes draws a foul in the penalty area.

75:59

Penalty conceded by Wes Morgan (Leicester City) after a foul in the penalty area.

74:57

Attempt blocked. Wes Morgan (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.

74:10

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Peter Brezovan.

73:56

Attempt blocked. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rohan Ince.

73:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces David López.

71:39

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

71:39

Anthony Knockaert (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:06

Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:06

Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

66:48

Attempt saved. Andy King (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

66:42

Attempt blocked. Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

66:10

Attempt blocked. Ignasi Miquel (Leicester City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Drinkwater with a cross.

65:42

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Peter Brezovan.

65:40

Attempt saved. Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

65:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Chris Wood replaces Lloyd Dyer.

65:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Gary Taylor-Fletcher replaces David Nugent.

63:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Leicester City 1. Andy King (Leicester City) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a set piece situation.

62:48

Hand ball by Adam El-Abd (Brighton and Hove Albion).

61:58 Booking

Booking Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:56

Foul by Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion).

61:56

Wes Morgan (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:53

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Kasper Schmeichel.

60:48

Attempt missed. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the left.

59:30 Booking

Booking Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

59:05

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:05

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

58:14

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Stephen Ward.

56:39

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Craig Conway tries a through ball, but Adam El-Abd is caught offside.

55:54

Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

55:54

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

54:32

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Rohan Ince.

53:29

Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

53:29

Foul by Ignasi Miquel (Leicester City).

51:04

Attempt missed. Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andrew Crofts.

49:37

Foul by David López (Brighton and Hove Albion).

49:37

Paul Konchesky (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:17

Attempt blocked. Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

47:07

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:58

Delay in match Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

45:00

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Leicester City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leicester City. Anthony Knockaert replaces Dean Hammond.

45:00 +2:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Leicester City 0.

45:00 +0:53

Attempt saved. David López (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Bridcutt.

42:05

Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

42:05

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

41:05

Attempt missed. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

41:01

Attempt blocked. Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David López with a cross.

40:30

Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

40:30

Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

34:55

Attempt blocked. Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rohan Ince.

33:58

Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:58

Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

32:54

Attempt blocked. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruno with a cross.

29:00

Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

29:00

Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Leicester City 0. Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David López with a through ball.

23:05

Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:05

Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

19:20

Attempt blocked. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

17:27

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Adam El-Abd.

17:18

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

17:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Adam El-Abd replaces Gordon Greer because of an injury.

16:25

Delay in match Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

14:21

Attempt saved. Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Paul Konchesky.

14:05

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

14:05

Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:47

Attempt missed. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

8:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Leicester City 0. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by David López.

6:02

Attempt blocked. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

5:38

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ignasi Miquel.

3:40 Booking

Booking Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

3:37

Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

3:37

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

2:55

Attempt saved. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dean Hammond.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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