- Albion are beaten by Leicester City at home
- Josh Knight heads the winning goal for the Foxes
- Leo Ostigard denied equaliser in stoppage time
- The Seagulls travel to West Ham United on Saturday
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s missed out on the opportunity to climb the Premier League 2 Division 1 table this evening, as they lost 1-0 to Leicester City at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.
Josh Knight’s first-half header was enough to inflict a third league defeat on Simon Rusk’s team, who pressed in the closing stages for an equalising goal but ran out of time against the Foxes.
Albion began the match on the front foot and created their first chance after Viktor Gyokeres slipped a clever pass into Aaron Connolly, but the Irishman was denied by Viktor Johansson at the goalkeeper’s near post.
George Cox read the game well to intercept a short pass in Leicester’s defence before crossing for James Tilley, but the winger’s tame effort was comfortably gathered by Johansson.
The visitors enjoyed a free-flowing move down the left wing, which resulted in a cross for Tyrese Shade at the front post, but the winger’s prodded effort sailed narrowly wide of the target to Albion’s relief.
Another chance fell for Shade when the Leicester man received the ball inside Albion’s penalty area — and although the winger managed to hit the target this time, David Button saved well at his near post.
Leicester were gradually growing into the game and managed to break the deadlock on 34 minutes when Yohan Benalouane flicked on a corner for Josh Knight at the back post, and the defender simply headed home from close range.
There was almost an instant reply from the Seagulls when Anders Dreyer surged forward and squared for Gyokeres, but the Swede’s curling effort from inside the box sailed just over the crossbar.
Rusk’s side were denied an equaliser just before the break, as Cox drilled a powerful shot towards the far corner but saw Johansson leap across his goal to keep Leicester's narrow lead intact.
Albion had to wait until the hour mark for their first notable chance of the second half — it was Max Sanders who stepped up to fire a free kick towards the bottom corner, but Johansson parried the midfielder’s effort away from goal.
The Seagulls struggled to make their mark on the game throughout the second half but forced a handful of late chances, the first of which being Stefan Ljubicic’s tame header after coming off the bench.
Sanders then forced Johansson into a good stop from a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, but Albion’s best opportunity of the entire game fell for Leo Ostigard in the dying moments.
Normann chipped a delightful pass into the defender’s feet, but after controlling the ball and drilling an effort towards goal, Johansson pulled off another fine stop to secure victory for the Foxes on the south coast.
ALBION: Button; A.Davies, Barclay, Ostigard, Cox; Dreyer (Ljubicic 79), Sanders, Normann, Tilley (Gwargis 69); Gyokeres; Connolly.
Subs not used: Keto (GK), O’Hora, Cochrane.