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Leicester City

Brighton moved to within two points of the Championship play-off places with a comfortable win over already-promoted Leicester.

Stephen Ward headed in the opener before Jesse Lingard nodded in Ward's ball soon after.

Leonardo Ulloa rounded goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel for Brighton's third and then headed in Kazenga Lualua's cross.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher scored a late consolation from Lloyd Dyer's ball.

It was a deserved and comfortable win for a Brighton side who had picked up only two points from their previous five games.

It also tainted Leicester City's promotion party as the team celebrated their return to the Premier League in front of their own fans for the first time since securing a return to the top flight.

Leicester looked a different side from the one that had not lost in their previous 21 league games - their last defeat having come at Brighton on 7 December.

Veteran Kevin Phillips headed wide early on but, after that, Brighton dominated, racing into a two-goal lead in the space of seven minutes.

First, Ward headed in from close range and then Lingard was allowed to add a second with a simple finish.

Ulloa's lobbed effort landed just wide of goal as Brighton continued to press, before Dale Stephens's flicked shot was cleared off the line.

A deserved third arrived just after the hour when Stephens's through ball found Ulloa, who rounded Schmeichel before firing into the net.

Brighton became the first team to score four goals past Leicester in a league game this season when Ulloa headed in his second of the game before substitute Taylor-Fletcher struck for Leicester in the final minute.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson:

"It was a very poor performance. Unfortunately we had too many individuals who under performed and collectively we have been very poor.

"The goals we have conceded were very uncharacteristic of us. They were poor goals. But we looked a shadow of what we have been about this season.

"It was really disappointing to put on that sort of performance on what should have been an evening where we were celebrating getting promotion. So that's a big wake up for us."

Brighton manager Oscar Garcia:

"This was a massive result for us and I could not be more proud of my players for the way they performed.

"We have been playing pretty well and were wanting to win against a side going into the Premier League. We wanted to come here and play well but we knew it would not be easy against the a team like Leicester. But we were the better team from the start.

"The win has put us in a good position but I only look at the next game and focus on that. I hope the players do the same."

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 18Moore
  • 3Konchesky
  • 10King
  • 27WasilewskiBooked at 63mins
  • 5Morgan
  • 24KnockaertSubstituted forDyerat 45'minutes
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 28PhillipsSubstituted forWoodat 45'minutes
  • 35NugentBooked at 45mins
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forTaylor-Fletcherat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Hammond
  • 8James
  • 11Dyer
  • 22Taylor-Fletcher
  • 23Miquel
  • 25Logan
  • 39Wood

Brighton

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 14Calderón
  • 17Ward
  • 4Andrews
  • 3GreerBooked at 85mins
  • 20Upson
  • 6Stephens
  • 35LingardSubstituted forMackail-Smithat 88'minutes
  • 19Ulloa
  • 27MarchSubstituted forForster-Caskeyat 82'minutes
  • 25Lua LuaSubstituted forLópez Morenoat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Dunk
  • 12Mackail-Smith
  • 15Chicksen
  • 16Ankergren
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 21López Moreno
  • 38Ince
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
29,722

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leicester City 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 4.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Leicester City 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 4. Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer with a cross following a fast break.

  5. Substitution

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

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Craig Mackail-Smith replaces Jesse Lingard.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andy King (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  8. Booking

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

  9. Post update

    Lloyd Dyer (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Íñigo Calderón.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Matthew Upson tries a through ball, but Jesse Lingard is caught offside.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jake Forster-Caskey replaces Solly March.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Matthew Upson.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Leicester City 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 4. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dale Stephens with a cross following a set piece situation.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

  17. Post update

    Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Liam Moore (Leicester City).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Liam Moore (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester41278677423589
2Burnley412314466343283
3Derby412191172472572
4QPR4120101149371270
5Wigan4119101254401467
6Reading4117121262491363
7Brighton411613124637961
8Ipswich411613125346761
9Bournemouth411710145857161
10Nottm Forest411417106053759
11Blackburn411514125653359
12Watford4014141264481656
13Middlesbrough411316125344955
14Bolton411215145356-351
15Sheff Wed411213165252049
16Leeds41138205263-1147
17Huddersfield411210195057-746
18Birmingham411110205363-1043
19Doncaster411110203762-2543
20Blackpool411012193559-2442
21Charlton391011183050-2041
22Millwall41912204070-3039
23Barnsley40812203866-2836
24Yeovil41811224166-2535
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