Date:Wednesday October 24 2012
King Power Stadium
7.45pm - 23/10/12
Albion drew yet another blank as they fell to a frustratingly familiar 1-0 scoreline at league leaders Leicester last night.
Andy King handed the Foxes an early lead, firing home from close range after his initial attempt had been blocked - whilst Albion were gifted the perfect chance to equalise in the second half, but Ashley Barnes was denied from the spot by Kasper Schmeichel.
Leicester pinned their visitors onto the back foot almost immediately by imposing a high-tempo, high-pressing game from the off - and the Seagulls' usually steady back-line were instantly rocked. Martyn Waghorn was the first to test Kuzczak, with a well-struck 20-yard free kick.
And the high-flying Foxes took just 10 minutes to find the opener. David Nugent carved his way into the box before shifting the ball to Andy King - the midfielder's first attempt on goal was blocked by Adam El-Abd, but the rebound fell kindly for King to fire home at the second time of asking.
The hosts came close to adding to their lead but Waghorn could only clear the target from close-range, before the lively Anthony Knockaert forced a smart stop from Kuszczak with a stinging effort from distance. Albion were able to calm the storm, however, as they eventually managed to string some passes together.
Clear-cut chances were still hard to come by for Poyet's men though, as Barnes scuffed an Andrew Crofts cross before Liam Bridcutt caused a slight scare when his looping cross from deep had to be carefully tipped over by Schmeichel in the Foxes' net.
The Seagulls started on the front-foot in the second half and were handed an ideal route back into the game on 55 minutes when Will Buckley was tripped in the box by Zak Whitbread. Barnes stepped up to take the spot-kick, but was denied by a fine Schmeichel save, low down to his left, before Barnes lashed over from the rebound.
This seemed to kill Albion's increasing momentum in the game, as Leicester looked the more likely to extend their lead - King coming close to his second with a low effort. The confidence-shot Seagulls did have a late, late chance to salvage a draw, but Barnes fired wide after good work from Buckley.
The result sees Albion drop to 9th in the division, having failed to win any of their last 5 matches - however they remain just 2 points off the play-off places, as the division continues to be as jam-tight as ever.
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Date:Wednesday October 24 2012
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