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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.

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."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Brezovan
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Ward
  • 38Ince
  • 3GreerSubstituted forEl-Abdat 18'minutes
  • 20Upson
  • 21López MorenoSubstituted 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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Marcin Wasilewski (Leicester City).

  6. Post update

    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.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Booking

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Booking

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Andy King (Leicester City).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ignasi Miquel (Leicester City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley19116230131739
2QPR19116222101239
3Leicester19122531211038
4Derby19104540261434
5Nottm Forest198742922731
6Reading198742822631
7Blackpool198742321231
8Leeds199372923630
9Ipswich198563024629
10Brighton197752418628
11Huddersfield197572523226
12Watford196763027325
13Blackburn196672222024
14Wigan186481920-122
15Bolton195772023-322
16Bournemouth196492436-1222
17Millwall195682337-1421
18Middlesbrough194873030020
19Birmingham195592426-220
20Doncaster195591731-1420
21Charlton194691623-718
22Yeovil1944111626-1016
23Sheff Wed182882029-914
24Barnsley1935111837-1914
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