Leicester 2-0 Brighton: Foxes ease past Seagulls

Doug Mendoza
August 20, 2017

His English Premiership side, Leicester City was forced to make a late decision him yesterday, as he was doubtful with toe problem while Drinkwater and Iborra remain sidelined for today's clash with Brighton.

But it was Mahrez who starred at the King Power Stadium as he picked Brighton apart in one of his best performances of 2017.

He said: "He made the statement and everyone knows the speculation about the bid we had and it wasn't accepted".

But Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare says the Nigeria striker is unlikely to start against Brighton on Saturday.

"Credit to him, he's done that".

"And while he's in that frame of mind, he'll always be considered for selection".

Albion lost their first Premier League away match after conceding a Shinji Okazaki goal after just 42 seconds.

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But although Brighton showed plenty of endeavour in the closing stages, they rarely threatened to claw their way back into the contest and the only worry for Leicester was that Vardy limped off with a foot injury shortly before the final whistle.

"The important thing for me is that we defended well. Knowing Jamie he'll be fine".

Stretching back to last season, recently-promoted Brighton have now failed to score in four of their last five league outings.

They never looked like recovering from Okazaki's early goal and managed just two shots on target, neither of which troubled Kasper Schmeichel.

"I think the team is confident and in both matches winning 1-0 at halftime, we didn't start the second half looking like we had to keep a clean sheet to win the match", he said.

"Chris Hughton has broken the club's transfer record three times this summer, most recently adding Colombian Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge - a spectacular scorer against Leicester in last season's Champions League".

The Japan international's tap-in owed much to Australia keeper Ryan's fumble and the lead suited a well-versed Leicester game plan as they encouraged the visitors to attack and found them incapable of troubling a sturdy defence.

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