Leicester City 1:0 Brighton & Hove Albion
For the second home game running City defeated the league leaders from the south coast…
With Peltier, Abe and King brought into the side City looked well balanced against a Brighton team with a 100% record away from home and they should have gone a goal ahead in the 19th minute, but for some poor refereeing from Graham Scott. Vassell was tripped on the edge of the area and the loose ball rolled forward for Peltier to drill it past Ankergren. The ref, however, failed to apply the advantage and City were awarded the free-kick, which came to nought.
King was denied by an Ankergren save a couple of minutes later but both defences were on top for the rest of the half. Mackail-Smith was getting no change out of the magnificent Bamba, and the Ivorian also forced a good save from the Seagulls’ keeper.
If the first half reached deadlock that was swiftly amended after the break. Vassell’s well flighted cross from the left was met firmly by the head of an unmarked Abe, much to the delight of both player and fans.
Brighton then enjoyed their best spell of the game and should have levelled when Barnes set up Mackail-Smith with a gift of a chance that he somehow managed to spoon over the bar from three yeards out.
Harley was then denied by a great block from Peltier, before the league-leaders were reduced to ten men for the remaining 12 minutes. The previously cautioned Painter stuck out a hand to block a through ball from Abe to Beckford and the ref had no choice but to send him off. This took the sting out of Brighton’s search for an equaliser and City had a comfortable end to the game.
Sven, who had perhaps been beginning to feel the pressure of an indifferent start, sounded relieved:
“I’m very happy. We finally performed well for 90 minutes, and did so against the number one team.”
Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, Mills, Bamba, Peltier (Paintsil 72), King , Abe, Wellens, Fernandes, Vassell, Beckford ( Schlupp 89). Subs: Dyer, Weale, Danns.
Brighton: Ankergren, Painter, Calderon, Dunk, Greer, Harley (Navarro 68), Dicker (Lua Lua 68), Bridcutt, Noone (Buckley 60), Mackail-Smith, Barnes. Subs: Vincelot, Brezovan.
Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire). Attendance: 24,128.