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Brighton 0-2 Leicester: Jamie Vardy scores again as Foxes maintain winning run

Jamie Vardy heads towards the Brighton goal
Jamie Vardy has now scored 21 goals in 23 Premier League appearances under manager Brendan Rodgers

Jamie Vardy maintained his brilliant scoring streak as Leicester beat Brighton for their fifth successive Premier League win to strengthen their hold on second spot.

The Foxes remain eight points behind leaders Liverpool, but are now three clear of third-placed Chelsea and four points above Manchester City before those teams meet later on Saturday.

Vardy has been key to the Foxes' form and he once again was the shining light on a dark, rainy day on the south coast.

The striker set up Ayoze Perez for the 64th-minute opener after swift counter-attack and then added the second from the spot, after his initial spot-kick, saved and headed in by James Maddison, had to be retaken for encroachment.

Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel failed to be tested once by the home side, although Wilfred Ndidi made a brilliant block to deny Martin Montoya from hitting the target.

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Brendan Rodgers says Foxes showed "great resilience" in Brighton win

Vardy too good for England to ignore?

Jamie Vardy (left)
Jamie Vardy has scored in five consecutive Premier League games for Leicester, netting seven goals in total in that run - he has also scored more Premier League goals than any other player in 2019 (24)

Is it time for the England manager to drop Vardy a line?

The 32-year-old effectively called time on his international career after the World Cup in 2018, but Gareth Southgate said at the start of the month that he had been "monitoring" the striker's progress this season.

There was a suggestion that Southgate wanted to focus on younger players in that position, but can he continue to leave out a player who has now scored nine goals in seven league games?

Today, when his supply line failed to service him, Vardy turned provider for his team-mates and himself.

The first goal was about his searing pace as he flew down the right before setting up Perez, who had moments earlier missed a similar chance.

He then got his goal from the spot after his initial effort had to be retaken, the penalty award coming after Demarai Gray had been fouled by Adam Webster.

Vardy's effort was saved by Mat Ryan before the ball was headed in by James Maddison, but the England midfielder's celebrations were cut short when VAR informed referee Mike Dean of encroachment, gifting Vardy a reprieve.

Seagulls home run ends after below-par display

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Brighton boss Graham Potter says penalty decisions did not decide the game against Leicester

Brighton came into this game having won their previous three at the Amex, but it never looked like they would make it four.

They were on the back foot in the opening period and needed Ryan to produce a brilliant save to prevent Vardy's header going in, shortly after Perez's header hit the woodwork.

Graham Potter's side gave the home support a little more to cheer about in the second half, Montoya and Neal Maupay denied by the brilliant defending of Ndidi and Caglar Soyuncu.

The Seagulls remain comfortably in mid-table but it is a trip to Anfield next.

Man of the match - Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

Jamie Vardy
Yet another goal and assist from Leicester's hitman - if he's not already a Premier League player of the year contender then he should be

'We could have scored more' - reaction

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers speaking to Match of the Day: "We played very, very well considering we've come back from the international break. In the first 30 minutes we had control of the game and had chances to go in front.

"They started strongly in the second half, but the boys have got great resilience. You can be a good side by keeping the ball and creating chances from deep, but that's what we have (good counter-attacking).

"It was to be expected that Brighton would come on strong. Brighton are a good side. They have good football ideas and pass the ball. With a better selection of passes we could have scored more though."

Brighton boss Graham Potter speaking to Match of the Day: "I thought we started the second half really well. We looked like we might do something. With their goal they broke really well.

"We did a lot well but not enough. Leicester had opportunities and chances on the break.

"They started better than us. We hung in there and grew into the game. We were much better after the break.

"I saw their penalty - it didn't look the strongest appeal. Sometimes they go for you and sometimes they don't, but that's not the reason we lost the game."

Perez finding form - stats

  • Leicester have equalled their Premier League-best run of five consecutive victories, with the Foxes winning these matches by an aggregate score of 17-1.
  • Brighton lost their first home league match since August, ending a run of four without defeat at the Amex Stadium (W3 D1).
  • Brighton failed to register a single shot on target in a Premier League home game for only the second time, also failing to do so against Liverpool in January.
  • Leicester have conceded a league-low eight Premier League goals this season, with this their fourth consecutive clean sheet.
  • Perez has scored four goals in his last four Premier League games for Leicester, having failed to find the net in his first eight for the Foxes.

What's next?

Brighton are at Liverpool next Saturday (15:00 GMT) and Leicester are at home to Everton next Sunday (16:30).

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 4Duffy
  • 15WebsterBooked at 16mins
  • 33Burn
  • 22MontoyaSubstituted forSchelottoat 77'minutes
  • 24Pröpper
  • 6StephensBooked at 48minsSubstituted forBissoumaat 77'minutes
  • 20MarchSubstituted forMurrayat 83'minutes
  • 18Mooy
  • 11Trossard
  • 7Maupay

Substitutes

  • 8Bissouma
  • 13Groß
  • 14Balogun
  • 16Jahanbakhsh
  • 17Murray
  • 21Schelotto
  • 27Button

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 21Ricardo Pereira
  • 6EvansSubstituted forMorganat 62'minutes
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 3Chilwell
  • 25Ndidi
  • 17PérezSubstituted forPraetat 70'minutes
  • 8Tielemans
  • 10Maddison
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forGrayat 78'minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 2Justin
  • 5Morgan
  • 7Gray
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 26Praet
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
30,640

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home7
Away19
Shots on Target
Home0
Away9
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away1

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Leicester City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Leicester City 2.

Attempt missed. Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Leandro Trossard.

Attempt saved. Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Mat Ryan.

Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Maddison.

Attempt blocked. Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neal Maupay.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Glenn Murray replaces Solly March.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Leicester City 2. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

VAR Decision: No Goal Brighton and Hove Albion 0-1 Leicester City.

GOAL OVERTURNED BY VAR: James Maddison (Leicester City) scores but the goal is ruled out after a VAR review.

VAR Decision: Penalty Leicester City.

Penalty conceded by Adam Webster (Brighton and Hove Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Leicester City. Demarai Gray draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Demarai Gray replaces Harvey Barnes.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Ezequiel Schelotto replaces Martín Montoya.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Yves Bissouma replaces Dale Stephens.

Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Youri Tielemans following a fast break.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Çaglar Söyüncü.

Attempt blocked. Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Mooy.

Attempt saved. James Maddison (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Dennis Praet replaces Ayoze Pérez.

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dan Burn with a cross.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Wilfred Ndidi.

Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Chilwell.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Leicester City 1. Ayoze Pérez (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Vardy following a fast break.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Çaglar Söyüncü.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Wes Morgan replaces Jonny Evans because of an injury.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Wilfred Ndidi.

Attempt blocked. Martín Montoya (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Mooy.

Hand ball by Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Neal Maupay (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high. Assisted by Adam Webster.

Attempt saved. Ayoze Pérez (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Harvey Barnes.

Booking

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Second Half

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Leicester City 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Leicester City 0.

Attempt missed. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Maddison with a through ball.

Attempt blocked. James Maddison (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

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2Leicester139223182329
3Man City1391337142328
4Chelsea138232819926
5Wolves134721816219
6Burnley135352018218
7Arsenal134631819-118
8Sheff Utd12453139417
9Tottenham134542119217
10Man Utd124441612416
11Bournemouth134451617-116
12Brighton134361519-415
13Crystal Palace134361118-715
14Newcastle124351118-715
15Everton134271320-714
16West Ham133461623-713
17Aston Villa123271720-311
18Norwich133191328-1510
19Southampton132381331-189
20Watford13157826-188
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