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Report: Albion 1 Leicester City 1

By James Hilsum • 24 November 2018

  • Albion draw 1-1 with Leicester City at the Amex
  • Glenn Murray scores on his 100th Premier League appearance
  • The Seagulls move seven points clear of the bottom three
  • Albion travel to Huddersfield Town next Saturday
Brighton & Hove Albion were forced to settle for a share of the spoils following a frustrating 1-1 draw with Leicester City at the Amex Stadium.
 
Glenn Murray scored on his 100th Premier League appearance to give Albion the lead, but substitute Jamie Vardy levelled the scoreline with a second-half penalty to earn a point for the Foxes after a resurgent second-half display.
 
Chris Hughton made four changes to the side that lost to Cardiff City before the international break, with Bruno, Bernardo, Davy Propper and Pascal Gross all coming into the side.
 
Albion created their first chance when Beram Kayal intercepted Vicente Iborra, and after playing a one-two with Gross, the Israeli saw his shot pushed away by Kasper Schmeichel.
 
Another opportunity came moments later when Knockaert was fouled on the edge of the box, but the Frenchman’s resulting strike was blocked by the Leicester wall.
 
But the deadlock was broken courtesy of Murray, as his superb glancing header from Knockaert’s corner flew past Schmeichel to mark a century of Premier League appearances with a goal.
 
The goal also ended Murray’s Leicester hoodoo, as the Seagulls frontman had failed to score in any of his last seven matches against the Foxes.
 
Gross had the ball in the back of the net for Albion just shy of the half-hour mark, but the German’s strike was ruled out for offside despite replays appearing to show otherwise.
 
Moments later the Seagulls had a one-man advantage too, when James Maddison was shown a second yellow card for diving inside the area - referee Christopher Kavanagh showed no hesitation in giving the Leicester number ten his marching orders.
 
Albion worked another opening following some brilliant link-up play between Bruno and Propper, which allowed Izquierdo to play in Murray, but the frontman was flagged offside.
 
After a quiet opening ten minutes to the second half, Gross played in Izquierdo, and the Colombian found Shane Duffy inside the box, and he swivelled to see his scissor-kick saved by Schmeichel.
 
The visitors freshened up their attack with the introduction of Vardy just shy of the hour mark, and the former England forward immediately applied pressure on the Albion defence as he clashed with Maty Ryan in an attempt to chase down the ball.
 
Play was paused as the shot-stopper received treatment, but the Australian was able to continue.
 
Izquierdo was one of Albion’s liveliest players going forward, and after linking up with Bernardo, he cut inside off the left flank and shot just wide of the right post.
 
The Foxes arguably had the better of the play in the second half though, and Kayal was penalised for a challenge on Kelechi Iheanacho inside the box and Kavanagh pointed to the spot.
 
Vardy made no mistake from the resulting penalty and sent Ryan the wrong way to level the scores in the 79th minute.
 
Albion broke forward in a bid to re-establish their lead, as March saw his shot trickle wide, before he turned provider for Duffy, whose faintest of headers went narrowly wide.
 
The visitors could've claimed three points late on, but Iheanacho dragged his left-footed strike wide and the points were shared.
 
ALBION: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Knockaert (March 72), Propper, Kayal, Izquierdo; Gross (Andone 81); Murray (Locadia 89).
 
SUBS NOT USED: Steele (GK), Bong, Balogun, Bissouma.

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