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Live Commentary: Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 Leicester City - as it happened

Read how Brighton & Hove Albion inflicted a second straight defeat on Leicester City, who relinquish top spot in the Championship.

Two sides coming off disappointing midweek losses to the Championship's bottom two clubs met at the Amex this afternoon as league leaders Leicester City travelled to Brighton & Hove Albion.

It was Brighton who claimed three points thanks to a pair of goals from Ashley Barnes and fine finish from Craig Conway, with Andy King scoring Leicester's only goal.

Read how it all unfolded on the South Coast in our minute-by-minute updates below.

Afternoon folks! Our 3pm feature match in the Championship takes place on the South Coast as Brighton welcome Leicester to the Amex. Team news coming right up...

BRIGHTON XI: Kuszczak; Ward, Greer, Upson, Bruno; Bridcutt, Ince, Crofts; Conway, David, Barnes

BRIGHTON SUBS: Brezovan, El-Abd, Calderon, Lita, Agustien, Andrews, LuaLua


Right, that's two changes for Leicester as Dean Hammond and Andy King return in place of Matty James and Anthony Knockaert.

Oscar Garcia, who was yesterday named Manager of the Month for November, makes one change to his side from the defeat at Barnsley as Rohan Ince comes in for Jake Forster-Caskey in midfield.

There was talk that Brighton's main striker Leonardo Ulloa might be fit today but he hasn't quite made it into the squad. Ashley Barnes continues to lead the line for the Seagulls.

REFEREE WATCH! The man in charge today is Robert Madley.

Going into this game Leicester are level on points with QPR at the top of the table. Brighton are 11th, six points shy of the top six.

PREDICTION TIME! Just five minutes until the off on the South Coast. I fancy Leicester to nick it today. 2-1 to the visitors.

A late change for Brighton as Peter Brezovan replaces Tomasz Kuszczak in goal for the hosts because Kuszczak suffered an injury in the warm-up.

We've just had a minute's silence to celebrate the life of recently deceased former South African leader Nelson Mandela. Kickoff imminent.

KICKOFF! Off we go! Brighton, in their blue-and-white home colours get us underway. Leicester are in their questionable grey away strip.

We're covering plenty of games being this afternoon. Find links to all our commentaries as well as all the scores by opening this link in a new tab.

SAVE! Brezovan only found out he would be playing about 10 minutes ago and he's already called into action as Drinkwater drives forward and shoots low. Good stop.

YELLOW! Wasilewski is the first man in the book as he brings down Conway on the left.

Lopez with a teasing cross from the left that Miquel hacks clear with Barnes lurking.


Leicester started well but it's been all Brighton in the last five minutes and their pressure tells. Lopez with a fabulous low cross to the back post that Barnes lifts over the despairing dive of Schmeichel. I said beforehand how Ulloa was close to returning but at this rate he won't get back in the team!

CHANCE! Brighton are rocking at the moment and look like they might score every time they go forward. Conway whips over a cross from the left that Ince can't get on top of and heads over.

End-to-end stuff! Leicester come forward now as King wins a big header in the area that drops for Vardy. The striker is about to shoot when Upson comes across and makes a big challenge.

Next to have a go for the visitors is Dyer. He whacks at goal but hits it too centrally and Brezovan holds on.

BRIGHTON SUB: Greer has been hobbling for the last few minutes and isn't OK to continue so Adam El-Abd is on for the Seagulls' skipper.

Lovely stuff from Leicester as Nugent releases Drinkwater down the left. His cross is touched off by King for Dyer but the winger can't get his shot through the Brighton bodies rushing out to block.

As things stand, Brighton will be climbing to eighth while Leicester will be relinquishing top spot to QPR.


Leicester have seen plenty of the ball but some slack defending sees them fall two behind. Lopez again the provider as he picked out Conway on the break. The Scot took the ball down and half-volleyed low into the corner. Nothing Schmeichel could do to stop that fine finish.

Although Brighton look rampant at the moment, it's far too early to count Leicester out of this. They are the league leaders, don't forget, and have loads of quality in their ranks.

Half-chance for Brighton as Bruno cuts back for Crofts. The ball is a little behind the midfielder and his dug-out shot is blocked.

Konchesky whips over a dangerous cross from the left that Upson dives low to excellently head away.

A loose ball from a Lopez free kick falls to Ince but he can't connect well and Schmeichel collects easily.

Two minutes of time added on at the end of the first half. Brighton fully deserve their lead.

Brighton continue to come forward and Lopez is the next to have a go. His shot has all the pace taken off it by Wasilewski and Schmeichel claims.


The Seagulls well on top against the Foxes at the interval. The goals came from Ashley Barnes and Craig Conway.

Oddly, none of the 11 Championship games that kicked off at 3pm have had both teams score. Click here for the half-time scores and scorers.

Brighton edged the possession with 51% of the ball in the first half while the hosts had nine shots to Leicester's three.

Leicester's official Twitter says: "Looks like Anthony Knockaert could be introduced early in the second half. Warming up throughout the break."

LEICESTER SUB: Indeed the Frenchman is sent on by Pearson, with Hammond the man making way.

KICKOFF! The hosts get us back underway at the Amex.

Stuttering start to the second half as Upson stays down after a heavy challenge. Looks like he will be all right to continue though.

Lung-busting run from Bridcutt down the right after playing a one-two with Barnes. He was about to be tackled by Konchesky so had to shoot and dragged his shot wide.

Today's attendance at the Amex is 27,497, with 1547 visiting Foxes.

Wasilewski was booked inside the first five minutes and he will consider himself lucky not be taking an early bath as he strongly challenges Conway.

YELLOW! Drinkwater is booked though for bringing down Barnes.

SHOT! Outrageous effort from Crofts as he lets fly from at least 30 yards. The ball bounced in front of Schmeichel who played it safe by tipping wide instead of trying to catch.

YELLOW! Moments later Crofts becomes the first Brighton player to go into the book.


It's the first real chance of the second half and Leicester take it as King is left unmarked at the back post to head in Knockaert's free kick. Game on!

LEICESTER SUBS: Pearson makes a double change straight away as Chris Wood and Gary Taylor-Fletcher come on for Dyer and Nugent.

SAVES! That goal has seen a huge swing in momentum as Leicester lay siege to the Brighton penalty area. Taylor-Fletcher and King have both just come very close, forcing Brezovan into smart saves.

BRIGHTON SUB: Lopez has been excellent but has his afternoon cut short as Kazenga LuaLua comes on.



Barnes scores his second of the game by sending his penalty down the middle. He was adjudged to have been shoved in the area by Morgan and that's why Madley pointed to the spot. Bit soft.

Drinkwater with a firm low shot from the edge of the area that forces a good save from Bresovan.

Here's a picture from Brighton's Twitter showing the challenge that led to the hosts' penalty:

YELLOW! King has his name taken for taking out LuaLua on the break.

The fourth official indicates that there will be five minutes added on.

YELLOW! LuaLua gets himself booked for a needless foul on Knockaert.


Great result for Brighton as they recover from Tuesday's disappointing home defeat to Barnsley by beating the league leaders. For Leicester, it's a second consecutive defeat and they relinquish top spot to QPR and Burnley.

Burnley go back to the summit thanks to today's narrow victory over Barnsley while QPR are also on 39 points after a 0-0 draw at home to Blackburn.

Anyway, thanks for joining Sports Mole this afternoon. I recommend that you now head here to follow our live text coverage of the evening game in the Premier League between Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur.

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