High-flying Brighton earn 2-1 victory over Leicester
FOOTBALL By Reuters | September 20th 2021
Brighton & Hove Albion secured a 2-1 home win over Leicester City on Sunday thanks to a controversial penalty and a Danny Welbeck header that put them third in the Premier League despite Jamie Vardy's 150th goal in his 250th game for the Foxes.
The visitors will feel hard done by after a number of key decisions went against them, including the one to award Brighton the penalty that saw them open the scoring in the 35th minute.
A Brighton corner resulted in the ball being headed onto the arm of Leicester defender Jannik Vestergaard and the spot kick was confirmed by a VAR review despite the replay showing he was being fouled by Neal Maupay.
Maupay blasted home the penalty as irate Leicester players continued to remonstrate with referee Stuart Attwell.
Welbeck made it two five minutes after the break, stealing in behind Vardy to score with a glancing header from a free kick, but Vardy was not ready to let the game go.
The striker pulled one back for Leicester in the 61st with a close-range finish after a delightful ball from Youri Tielemans and the visitors surged forward looking for an equaliser.
The Foxes had the ball in the net twice more before the final whistle but both times Harvey Barnes was judged to be in an offside position as the home side hung on to win.
Foxes boss Brendan Rogers was left fuming about some of the officiating as his side continued their struggle to get their league campaign firing on all cylinders.
"It was not a penalty, and we were really surprised when that went against us. I think it’s clear and I’m just disappointed with it,” he told the BBC.
The victory lifts Brighton to provisional third spot on 12 points, one behind leaders Liverpool and Manchester United, though they could be overtaken if Chelsea win at Tottenham Hotspur later on Sunday. Leicester are 12th on six points.
“We’ve won two and lost three so it’s not a great start and by no way have we hit top gear that’s for sure," Rogers added.
"But I feel that some things have gone against us in terms of injuries... but I also feel it’s our responsibility and, in particular, mine - I need to find the balance in the team.”
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