Brighton 3 Leicester 1: Barnes bags double as Foxes slip up again

By Tom Roddy


A brace from Ashley Barnes was enough to knock Leicester City off the top of the Championship table and lift the Seagulls up to tenth. 

Oscar Garcia had to rearrange his line-up prior to kick-off and again early on in the match due to injuries. Tomasz Kuszczak was injured in the warm-up with a strain on the abductor muscle in his thigh so Peter Brezovan was called up to the starting eleven.

Double time: Brighton's Craig Conway celebrates scoring their second goal against Leicester

Double time: Brighton's Craig Conway celebrates scoring their second goal against Leicester

Match facts

Brighton: Brighton: Brezovan 6, Bruno 7, Upson 7, Ward 6, Greer (El-Abd 7), Bridcutt 7, Ince 8, Crofts 6, Lopez 7 (LuaLua 6), Conway 8, Barnes 8. Subs not used: Walton, Andrews, Agustien, Calderon, Lita

Booked: Crofts, LuaLua.

Goals: Barnes 9, Conway 28, Barnes 77 pen.

Manager: Oscar Garcia 8

Leicester: Schmiechel 6, Wasilewski 5, Morgan 6, Drinkwater 6, Konchesky 5, Miquel 6, Hammond 5 (Knockaert 7), King 6, Dyer 5 (Taylor-Fletcher 6), Vardy 5, Nugent 5 (Wood 6) Subs not used: Logan, James, Schlupp, Moore

Booked: Wasilewski, Drinkwater, Morgan, King.

Goals: King 64.

Manager: Nigel Pearson 6

Att: 27,497

Ref: Referee: Robert Madley 6

Man of the Match: Ashley Barnes

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Then Albion captain Gordon Greer limped off early on and was replaced by Adam El-Abd. Despite Garcia's hand being forced, both Brezovan and the Egyptian centre-back were solid in the Brighton defence and the changes didn't affect their performance.

Barnes broke the deadlock in the 9th minute with his first goal of the game.

A poor kick out from Schmeichel fell straight to the feet of Bruno. The right-back found David Lopez down the right and the Spaniard crossed for Barnes to tap in at the back post unmarked.

Brighton's lead was doubled in the 27th minute by winger Craig Conway. The Scot caused the Leicester defence all kinds of problems throughout the game with his movement and electrifying pace. 

David Lopez was also in fine form, producing his best performance for Brighton so far this season as the 31-year-old was involved in Brighton's second. 

The Spaniard sent a diagonal ball to Conway, who took the ball down on the chest, cut inside and sent the ball flying past Schmeichel to his left. The Scottish winger has been a gift to Garcia since his return from injury. 

The Brighton manager reunited Liam Bridcutt and Rohan Ince in the centre of midfield. The pair have both been sidelined with injuries in recent weeks and had a significant impact with a much greater presence. 

Nigel Pearson watched the game from the stands and wouldn't have been too pleased with his team's performance in the first half.

The Foxes' manager tried to impact the game by bringing on Anthony Knockaert for Dean Hammond at half-time. The Frenchman scored the only goal in Leicester's 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the midweek fixture.

Strike: Ashley Barnes scores Brighton's first goal against Leicester

Strike: Ashley Barnes scores Brighton's first goal against Leicester

Leicester have scored in every away fixture they have had this season bar one in the Championship and so a comeback of some sort was expected.

And it came just after the hour mark.

Substitute, Anthony Knockaert, whipped in a free-kick which found Andy King unmarked at the back post who bulged the net with a powerful header. 

Pearson threw Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Chris Wood on as he looked to complete the comeback but it wasn't to be as Brighton increased their lead in the 77th minute from the penalty spot.

Referee Madley adjudged Ashley Barnes to have been unfairly felled by Wes Morgan and the striker despatched the resulting penalty for his second of the game. 

The striker has now scored five goals in five games for the Seasiders. 

The third goal knocked the wind out of the Foxes and Brighton eased to the final whistle to take all three points.

Clinical: Barnes scores third goal from the penalty spot

Clinical: Barnes scores third goal from the penalty spot

On the attack: Danny Drinkwater of Leicester

On the attack: Danny Drinkwater of Leicester


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I'm sure I'll get red arrowed again by all the BAMs and PSIs but it's the same as last season , we've been sussed out by opposing teams. Pearson is not the man to get us up and if the Thais had got any sense should have been sacked in the summer. Pearson out!

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