Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 Leicester City

Brighton goal
Brighton goal

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.

Oscar Garcia

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Post-match: Brighton coach Garcia

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.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson

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Post-match: Leicester boss Pearson

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."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley1911621739
2QPR1911621239
3Leicester1912251038
4Derby1910451434
5Nottm Forest19874731
6Reading19874631
7Blackpool19874231
8Leeds19937630
9Ipswich19856629
10Brighton19775628
11Huddersfield19757226
12Watford19676325
13Blackburn19667024
14Wigan18648-122
15Bolton19577-322
16Bournemouth19649-1222
17Millwall19568-1421
18Middlesbrough19487020
19Birmingham19559-220
20Doncaster19559-1420
21Charlton19469-718
22Yeovil194411-1016
23Sheff Wed18288-914
24Barnsley193511-1914
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