- Albion are beaten 2-1 by Leicester City
- Demarai Gray and Jamie Vardy on target for the hosts
- Davy Propper scores for the Seagulls
- Albion are next in action against Huddersfield Town on Saturday
Brighton & Hove Albion left the King Power Stadium empty-handed after a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City.
Despite arguably having the better of play for large periods of the game, a goal in each half from Demarai Gray and Jamie Vardy ultimately proved to be the difference against an Albion side that scored a consolation through Davy Propper’s first goal for the club.
Chris Hughton made one change from the last Premier League side that faced Burnley, as Anthony Knockaert replaced Jurgen Locadia for his first league start of 2019.
Leicester created the first chance of the game when James Maddison cut the ball back across to Vardy, and the latter’s close-range effort was blocked by Shane Duffy.
The deadlock was broken in the tenth minute when Youri Tielemans drove into space and played Gray through on the angle, and the latter fired past Maty Ryan.
Albion had Ryan to thank for keeping the deficit at just one when he made a fine right-handed stop to keep out Gray’s strike after being teed up inside the box by Ben Chilwell.
Duffy had the first real opening for the Seagulls, but headed over the bar from a Pascal Gross corner.
Gross had an opportunity himself with a long-range strike which took a nick off Harry Maguire and forced Kasper Schmeichel into a one-handed save.
Knockaert could’ve restored parity to the scoreline against his former club after being picked out by Gaetan Bong, but the Frenchman’s left-footed strike was pushed away by Schmeichel at his near post.
The winger then made a driving run down the right and played an enticing ball across the box, but Ricardo Pereira just beat the onrushing Glenn Murray to the ball.
Knockaert continued to be Albion’s main protagonist going forward and teed up Propper, whose first-time effort went wide.
Despite Albion ending the first half the better of the two sides, the hosts created the first opening after the break, as Vardy headed wide from Gray’s cross.
Murray had a golden chance to equalise for Albion moments later after being teed up by Gross, but he fired over from deep inside the area. Gross injured himself in the process and was replaced by Yves Bissouma.
The Malian almost had an immediate impact and saw his right-footed strike go just past the right post with Schmeichel at full stretch.
Albion were left to rue those missed chances as Vardy ended a free-flowing Leicester move with a clinical low finish from close range in the 63rd minute.
But Propper halved the deficit three minutes later, after Knockaert’s cut-back ricocheted into the path of the Dutchman, who took a touch and sent a fine right-footed finish beyond Schmeichel for his first Albion goal.
Leicester looked for a potentially decisive third goal and broke with pace on the counter-attack through Vardy, who picked out Harvey Barnes on the angle, but the latter hit the side netting.
There was still time for Murray to have one more chance late on, but he fired wide from Bong's cross, and the game finished 2-1 to the hosts.
ALBION: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Knockaert, Stephens (Izquierdo 81), Propper, March (Locadia 67); Gross (Bissouma 51); Murray.
SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Burn, Bernardo, Jakhanbakhsh.