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Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 Leicester City

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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.

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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.

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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."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Brezovan
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Ward
  • 38Ince
  • 3GreerSubstituted forEl-Abdat 18'minutes
  • 20Upson
  • 21D. LópezSubstituted forLua Luaat 74'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 9Barnes
  • 8CroftsBooked at 62mins
  • 23Conway

Substitutes

  • 4Andrews
  • 6El-Abd
  • 10Agustien
  • 14Calderón
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 31Walton
  • 44Lita

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 27WasilewskiBooked at 4mins
  • 3Konchesky
  • 4DrinkwaterBooked at 60mins
  • 5MorganBooked at 77mins
  • 23Miquel
  • 9Vardy
  • 7HammondSubstituted forKnockaertat 45'minutes
  • 35NugentSubstituted forTaylor-Fletcherat 64'minutes
  • 10KingBooked at 86mins
  • 11DyerSubstituted forWoodat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8James
  • 15Schlupp
  • 18Moore
  • 22Taylor-Fletcher
  • 24Knockaert
  • 25Logan
  • 39Wood
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
27,497

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home18
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

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.

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

Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

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.

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

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

Booking

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

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

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

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

Foul by Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Andy King (Leicester City).

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

Foul by Ignasi Miquel (Leicester City).

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

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

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

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

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.

Booking

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

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

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

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

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Peter Brezovan.

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

Substitution

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

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

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

Foul by Paul Konchesky (Leicester City).

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

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

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.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Peter Brezovan.

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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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