Kazenga LuaLua's late goal secured Brighton a draw with Leicester that keeps the Seagulls in the Championship play-off places.

Matty James's powerful shot looked to have given Leicester a win that would have seen them leapfrog their hosts.

The visitors could have scored a second, but Liam Bridcutt blocked a fierce strike from Chris Wood.

But LuaLua, an early substitute for the injured Will Buckley, cut in from the left to equalise with two minutes left.

Leicester have now won only one of their last 12 games, a run that has seen them slip from second to seventh.

Despite their poor form, the Foxes started strongly with Andy King heading wide and Michael Keane volleying over the bar.

But on the half-hour Brighton almost went ahead with their first real chance as Danny Drinkwater's goal-line clearance denied Inigo Calderon.

Home goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak made several fine saves, denying King and David Nugent before Keane headed wide from a corner.

Leicester's pressure finally told after 73 minutes when Brighton failed to deal with Paul Konchesky's long throw and the ball fell to James, who switched feet before drilling it into the net.

But LuaLua's late intervention ensured the points were shared.

Brighton manager Gus Poyet:

"We definitely deserved to take a point from the game. No doubt.

"LuaLua's goal could be a very important one for us. We've drawn our last three games and I would say we need to win three of our last five matches.

"It'll be a good number as teams behind us will need to win four. It's in our hands. We can't blame anyone if we don't do it."

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:

"We've played well and got some good results for the vast majority of the season. As a manager you have to take some criticism.

"But we've got five games to do enough ourselves. We've still got to play teams around us.

"One win in 12 games is not promotion form, but we've got a great opportunity to do it. We've got five games left and it's all in our hands."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Brighton

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 03 Greer
  • 14 Calderon Booked
  • 20 Upson
  • 28 Bridge
  • 04 Hammond
  • 11 Orlandi (Barker - 79' )
  • 21 David Lopez (Vicente - 55' )
  • 26 Bridcutt
  • 30 Buckley (LuaLua - 11' )
  • 19 Ulloa

Substitutes

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 06 El-Abd
  • 22 Painter
  • 08 Crofts
  • 15 Vicente
  • 25 LuaLua
  • 33 Barker

Leicester

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 05 Morgan
  • 15 M Keane
  • 22 Moore Booked
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 07 Marshall (De Laet - 62' )
  • 10 King
  • 16 James
  • 18 Schlupp (Wood - 73' )
  • 35 Nugent Booked (Kane - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Logan
  • 02 De Laet
  • 11 Dyer
  • 19 Wellens
  • 24 Knockaert
  • 37 Kane
  • 39 Wood
Ref: Moss
Att: 28,493

Match Stats

Shots

12 19

On target

7 10

Corners

7 6

Fouls

5 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:18 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +4:01

Rodriguez Vicente sends in a cross, clearance by Wes Morgan.

90:00 +2:20

Paul Konchesky takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +2:20 Booking

Booking Inigo Calderon receives a yellow card.

90:00 +2:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Inigo Calderon on Chris Wood.

90:00 +1:42

The ball is sent over by Kazenga LuaLua, blocked by Liam Moore. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Rodriguez Vicente from the left by-line, Wes Morgan manages to make a clearance.

89:34

Ritchie De Laet crosses the ball, Wayne Bridge gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Paul Konchesky, Andy King gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Inigo Calderon. Free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.

88:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Drinkwater by Rodriguez Vicente. Matty James takes the free kick.

87:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Kazenga LuaLua - Brighton 1 - 1 Leicester Kazenga LuaLua fires in a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Brighton 1-1 Leicester.

86:24

Shot by Andy King from outside the box goes over the net.

85:39

Liam Moore sends in a cross.

83:33

Foul by Gordon Greer on Chris Wood, free kick awarded. Harry Kane shoots direct from the free kick. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Harry Kane from the left by-line to the near post, save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

82:51

Shot by Harry Kane from 20 yards. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak. Drilled right-footed shot by Chris Wood. Liam Bridcutt gets a block in.

80:37

Chris Wood challenges Wayne Bridge unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Upson.

79:12

The ball is swung over by Kazenga LuaLua, Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.

77:28

Tomasz Kuszczak takes the free kick.

77:28 Substitution

Substitution George Barker is brought on as a substitute for Andrea Orlandi.

77:28

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Matty James from the right by-line, Foul by Wes Morgan on Matthew Upson, free kick awarded.

75:24

Unfair challenge on Inigo Calderon by Harry Kane results in a free kick. Gordon Greer takes the free kick.

75:09

Drilled right-footed shot by Kazenga LuaLua. Blocked by Jose Ulloa.

74:22

Short corner taken by Andrea Orlandi from the right by-line.

72:06 Substitution

Substitution David Nugent goes off and Harry Kane comes on.

72:06 Substitution

Substitution Chris Wood comes on in place of Jeff Schlupp.

72:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Matty James - Brighton 0 - 1 Leicester Matty James fires in a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Brighton 0-1 Leicester.

70:11

Kazenga LuaLua crosses the ball, Jose Ulloa produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

68:45

A cross is delivered by Ritchie De Laet, Wayne Bridge gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Matty James, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Michael Keane misses to the left of the goal.

66:14

The offside flag is raised against Andrea Orlandi. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.

64:40

Rodriguez Vicente takes the free kick.

64:40 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Liam Moore for unsporting behaviour.

64:35

Liam Moore concedes a free kick for a foul on Kazenga LuaLua.

61:20

Wayne Bridge takes the free kick.

61:20 Substitution

Substitution Ritchie De Laet on for Ben Marshall.

61:20

Kazenga LuaLua fouled by Wes Morgan, the ref awards a free kick.

59:36

Jose Ulloa takes a shot. Blocked by Wes Morgan. Corner taken short by Andrea Orlandi.

57:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Nugent on Inigo Calderon. Direct free kick taken by Gordon Greer.

56:41

Rodriguez Vicente produces a cross, Inigo Calderon takes a shot. Blocked by Wes Morgan.

55:07

Kazenga LuaLua sends in a cross.

54:25 Substitution

Substitution Rodriguez Vicente replaces Moreno David Lopez.

53:47

Danny Drinkwater crosses the ball, clearance by Inigo Calderon.

52:45

Shot by Ben Marshall from a long way out goes over the net.

52:21

Jeff Schlupp takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

50:50

Jeff Schlupp produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

50:33

Andy King takes a shot. Save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

49:34

The ball is crossed by Wayne Bridge.

48:48

The ball is delivered by Kazenga LuaLua.

47:41

Paul Konchesky produces a cross, Liam Moore produces a right-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

46:05

The ball is delivered by Liam Moore, clearance made by Gordon Greer.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

43:53

Jeff Schlupp takes a shot. Tomasz Kuszczak makes a save.

41:55

Shot by Matty James. Blocked by Matthew Upson. Andy King has a curled shot. Tomasz Kuszczak makes a comfortable save.

41:04

Shot by Kazenga LuaLua. Kasper Schmeichel makes a comfortable save.

40:38

Jose Ulloa takes a shot. Michael Keane gets a block in.

39:17

The ball is delivered by Ben Marshall, clearance by Gordon Greer.

38:33

Dean Hammond challenges Matty James unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Keane takes the direct free kick.

37:08

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Andrea Orlandi, Header from deep inside the area by Matthew Upson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

34:16

Andy King takes a shot. Save made by Tomasz Kuszczak. Corner taken by Ben Marshall, clearance by Jose Ulloa.

33:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gordon Greer by Jeff Schlupp. Direct free kick taken by Gordon Greer.

32:29

Corner taken short by Andrea Orlandi. Moreno David Lopez crosses the ball, Header on goal by Jose Ulloa from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

31:42

Jose Ulloa fouled by Danny Drinkwater, the ref awards a free kick. Inigo Calderon takes the direct free kick.

30:17

Moreno David Lopez takes a shot from 18 yards. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save. Outswinging corner taken by Andrea Orlandi from the left by-line.

29:25

Outswinging corner taken by Andrea Orlandi from the left by-line, Inigo Calderon takes a shot. Danny Drinkwater makes a clearance.

29:02

The ball is swung over by Kazenga LuaLua, blocked by Michael Keane.

25:00

Shot by David Nugent. Comfortable save by Tomasz Kuszczak.

23:11

The ball is crossed by David Nugent, clearance by Gordon Greer.

22:54

A cross is delivered by Ben Marshall, clearance made by Gordon Greer.

22:30

The ball is delivered by Paul Konchesky, Matthew Upson manages to make a clearance.

21:06

Shot by Liam Bridcutt. Blocked by Danny Drinkwater.

18:44

Effort from inside the area by Andy King misses to the left of the goal.

13:29

Wes Morgan concedes a free kick for a foul on Jose Ulloa. Direct free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.

12:58

Kazenga LuaLua crosses the ball.

12:45

Kazenga LuaLua delivers the ball, clearance made by Michael Keane.

11:57

Effort on goal by Michael Keane from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

11:28

Inswinging corner taken by Ben Marshall, clearance by Jose Ulloa.

10:32 Substitution

Substitution Kazenga LuaLua is brought on as a substitute for Will Buckley.

10:32

Centre by Andrea Orlandi.

8:03

Liam Moore crosses the ball, Header from close in by Andy King misses to the right of the goal.

5:03

The ball is crossed by Andy King.

2:08

The ball is delivered by David Nugent.

1:37

Tomasz Kuszczak gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Nugent. Direct free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.

0:44 Booking

Booking David Nugent receives a yellow card.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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