Brighton 2-1 Leicester: Seagulls up to second thanks to goals from Neal Maupay and Danny Welbeck

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The question used to nose on what Brighton might achieve if they ever finished what they started. Now they have acquired that useful knack of converting their chances, it is morphing into one of where it might end.

Not so much in terms of football's grander prizes, but more in regard to big climbs on lucrative ladders. That goes as much for the club as it does their brilliant manager, Graham Potter.

Any more of this carry on, any more time spent in the domain of the bigger beasts, and the poachers will come to town. Thing is, it wouldn't be a surprise to see a club take a punt on Potter anymore. Not in the slightest.

Danny Welbeck scored a second half header as Brighton beat Leicester at the Amex

The Seagulls took their fourth victory in five games with a dramatic victory against the Foxes

Neal Maupay (front) scored a first-half penalty that gave Brighton the lead on home soil

Jamie Vardy scored from close range after the hour mark to give the Foxes some hope

MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS

Brighton (3-4-3): Sanchez 7.5, Veltman 6.5, Duffy 7, Dunk 7; March 6.5 (Mwepu 62, 6), Lallana 6.5, Bissouma 6.5 (Moder 79), Cucurella 7; Trossard 7, Maupay 7, Welbeck 7 (Burn 70, 6).

Subs not used: Steele, Lamptey, Richards, Alzate, Mac Allister, Connolly

Goals: Maupay pen 35, Welbeck 50 

Booked: Veltman, Sanchez

Manager: Graham Potter 8

Leicester (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel 6; Pereira 6, Soyuncu 6, Vestergaard 7, Bertrand 6 (Castagne 68, 6); Tielemans 7, Ndidi 6; Maddison 5.5 (Lookman 46, 7), Soumare 7 (Iheanacho 74, 6), Barnes 6.5; Vardy 6.5

Subs not used: Ward, Dewsbury-Hall, Amartey, Choudhury, Daka

Goal: Vardy 61 

Booked: Ndidi

Manager: Brendan Rodgers 6

Referee: Stuart Attwell

He was that good when his side made a lot and scored very little in finishing 16th last season, and he is demonstrably riding a wave now that far less in being wasted.


They were third in the immediate aftermath of this result, incredibly, and propped by one of the best defences across a calendar year. 

With four wins in five, it is looking very rosy indeed, even if this one was supported rather contentiously by the VAR and its vagaries.

There were three major calls across the game and all went in Brighton's favour – first in the origins of the penalty scored by Neal Maupay, and then in two decisions to rule out Leicester equaliser's at 2-1, both for offsides against Harvey Barnes. 

On a different day, it might have been a different result, but that's just how it is going for Leicester at the moment.

This was their third defeat in five and another of those days when Jamie Vardy was too often isolated, even if he did scramble his 150th goal for the club.

Plainly the struggles of James Maddison – he was withdrawn at half-time here – are a key area of concern for Brendan Rodgers, but so too must be the manner in which his side slowed so dramatically after a fast start.

For 10 minutes, they were excellent. Fluent, creative, solid – a bit of everything, and helped immensely by Boubakary Soumare on his first Premier League start.

He has the touch and vision ought to bring some sparkle into a midfield that has seemed jaded over the past month or more, and in the initial phases of this match his work with Harvey Barnes was excellent. But Leicester let their grip ease and with it Brighton took control.

Marc Cucurella, their new signing from Spain, was again lively in his roaming from left-back – his demolition of Ricardo Pereira made an excellent chance for Maupay on the quarter-hour – and there was a second opportunity of note for Solly March.

The goal came from a penalty, awarded after Shane Duffy's header from a set-piece had cannoned off Jannik Vestergaard's hand barely a metre away. 

Brighton were awarded a penalty after Shane Duffy's header hit Jannik Vestergaard's arm

Brighton players called for the penalty and the referee agreed as he pointed to the spot

VAR agreed with the on-field decision that the ball hit the defender's arm for a penalty

Maupay made no mistake from the spot sending Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way

The VAR gave the penalty and Maupay converted, with Leicester's irritation compounded somewhat by replays that indicated the scorer had fouled Vestergaard in the build-up.

James Maddison was hooked for Ademola Lookman at the break – Maddison has now gone 17 games without a goal or an assist – but Leicester were quickly 2-0 down to Welbeck's header. 

Leandro Trossard created it with a free-kick and Welbeck was left free by a gathering of Leicester's defenders, which allowed him to creep behind Vardy and glance across Kasper Schmeichel. An excellent finish from poor defending.

Vardy dragged it back to 2-1, poking over the line for his 150th Leicester goal after a fast exchange between Lookman, Pereira and Tielemans, before Lookman had an equaliser disallowed for offside. 

Five minutes before the end, it happened again, this time to Wilfred Ndidi. Both times it was Barnes who was off.

Leandro Trossard's free-kick was met by Welbeck who nodded the ball low into the net

Leicester thought they had an equaliser though Harvey Barnes was offside in the build-up

Barnes was again offside in the build-up as Wilfred Ndidi thought he'd bagged an equaliser

Graham Potter celebrates after the match as Brighton moved inside the top four of the league

It was more frustration for Leicester who have had a tough start to their new campaign

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