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Albion v Leicester - from The Amex
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- ALBION 3 LEICESTER 1
- Albion beat the leaders
- David Lopez tees up Barnes (9)
- Then Conway finishes David's through ball (29)
- King heads in for City (64)
- Barnes converts penalty (77)
- Kuszczak withdraws injured just before kick-off
- Greer off injured
- Six pages of coverage in The Argus on Monday
With the game into a minimum of five added minutes, LuaLua was booked for a foul on Knockaert, who responded angrily to the challenge.
Vardy wasted a great chance to re-ignite the contest when he mis-kicked in front of goal.
Then Knockaert tried a curler which the assured Brezovan again held.
Barnes, named man-of-the-match by the sponsors, hooked a very ambitious volley into the North Stand as the end drew near.
Final: Albion 3 Leicester 1
Crofts barged over Vardy five yards outside the box to give Leicester a great chance to cut the deficit again. King’s curler went past the wall but Brezovan held it.
King was booked for bringing down LuaLua as the Albion sub ran the ball out of his own half.
Tomasz Kuszczak confirms he injured a stomach muscle in the pre match warm up @BHAFC— @BBCSussexSport 07 December 2013
Penalty looked a shade soft but #bhafc won't care. Breathing space once more.— @AndyNaylorArgus 07 December 2013
City were still a threat and Brezovan was down very sharply to his right to hold a blast from King.
Albion though managed to get a grip on possession - and then extended their lead. Bruno chipped a glorious ball to release Conway down the right and, as Barnes challenged for his cross, he was pushed in the back by Morgan.
BARNES, who had a spot kick saved by Schmeichel last season, thrashed the penalty down the middle and it went in despite the keeper getting a touch.
The impish energy of Knockaert has made a big difference to Leicester. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 07 December 2013
Albion were under the cosh now and twice in quick succession Brezovan kept them in front, first by tipping over a Taylor-Fletcher header and then by holding King's close-range shot.
Leicester got back into the game in the 64th minute when poor defending at a free-kick left KING unmarked to head home at the far post.
Before play restarted, they sent on Taylor-Fletcher and Wood for Dyer and Nugent.
Crofts almost embarrassed Schmeichel with a volley from 35 yards which took everyone by surprise.
It was not clear whether the ball was bouncing just inside the post but the keeper took no chances as he dived to scramble it away.
Albion were convinced Upson was shoved in the back by Morgan as they contested the resulting corner but play was waved on.
Barnes was next in the book for a foul on Morgan in midfield.
Conway was still lively but his angled shot from outside the box was always rising as it sailed high over Schmeichel’s crossbar.
Albion’s graft was summed up by Barnes as he won the ball off Drinkwater in the centre circle and was then dragged back by the midfielder, who was booked.
Schemichel’s long goal kick cleared the Albion defence and looked to have put in Nugent until Brezovan came out quickly to snatch the ball away from him.
Knockaert went off for treatment to a blood injury and returned with a numberless shirt.
Miquel received a lecture, but no booking, after scything through Bridcutt as the Albion man shielded the ball.
Leicester and their fans behind Brezovan’s goal sought a way back into the game through their left-sided flyer Dyer.
He got to the byline and forced a corner which Albion just about managed to clear.
Then Wasilewski, already booked, received a lecture from the ref in the company of City skipper Morgan after bringing down Conway.
Then Bridcutt burst from midfield and got a return pass from Barnes before dragging his shot across the face of goal.
Upson was the wars in the opening seconds of the half as Knockaert and Drinkwater attacked down the right and the cross struck the defender in the face.
He resumed after treatment.
Knockaert’s introduction was a positive move by Leicester boss Nigel Pearson.
But Albion asked questions at the other end as Schmeichel had to punch clear under a lot of pressure from Barnes when Conway crossed.
Dean Hammond was replaced by Anthony Knockaert at the interval.
Mikeygit - I have no idea.
We were told he was getting close so I suppose there was an outside chance of him being on the bench.
But that's all.
3:44pm Sat 7 Dec 13
Great scoreline so far!!! Argus---any idea why BBC reports that Ulloa is set to return today??
Albion were passing the ball about with a huge amount of confidence now and another fine move ended with David’s shot from the edge of the box deflecting into the hands of Schmeichel for a simple catch.
Half: Albion 2 Leicester 0
Terrific inter-passing by Barnes, Bruno, David and Bridcutt in a tight area won a free-kick which David Lopez whipped on to the head of Upson beyond the far post. Upson’s header seemed to be blocked by a team mate and the ball eventually dropped towards Ince, whose miscued volley floated gently to Schmeichel.
The tempo and pressing from #bhafc today is such a contrast to Tuesday.— @AndyNaylorArgus 07 December 2013
Upson produced another great piece of defending to head away a Konchesky cross after the full-back had been released by Drinkwater’s pass.
The clearance floated out to David Lopez, who delighted the crowd and eased all the pressure with a back-heel on the half volley to find Bruno.
Konchesky’s next cross was lofted beyond the far post and Ward defended strongly to head away under pressure.
Every clearance, tackle and defensive header was being cheered by home fans.
Already David's most influential game of the season by some distance. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 07 December 2013
(I have no idea why this report is appearing three times on our website. But I dare not delete anything in case they all go!!!)
Albion were defending strongly – and were deadly on the counter as they doubled their lead in the 29th minute.
David Lopez was again the creator. With fans demanding he send Barnes or Conway away early from his own half, he bided his time, kept the ball, then picked his moment to chip a pass into the path of the latter. CONWAY chested it down on to his right foot and thrashed a drive low past the advancing Schmeichel.
RT @OfficialBHAFC: Brezovan makes an early stop after his late call up to the side. #BHAFC v #LCFC http://t.co/QXHuBN6w3c— @AdiJohannesson 07 December 2013
Understand Kuszczak has a groin injury sustained in the warm up— @BBCSussexSport 07 December 2013
Drinkwater and Nugent produced a terrific move down the left and the ball was crossed low for Dyer, on the edge of the box. But he delayed too long over his shot, which was eventually blocked by Ince.
Leicester were growing in confidence but Albion’s fans were giving their side good backing as they got stuck into what looked like being a challenging afternoon.
Brez gowing in confidence all the time - leaps to catch a Leicester corner - comfortably #BHAFC— @BHAFerret 07 December 2013
Albion suffered another blow on 18 minutes as Greer went off injured. El-Abd took his place with Bridcutt donning the armband.
Fantastic defending Upson there, denied Vardy a certain goal. Lovely ball from Dyer and a quality touch from Vardy as well to set it up.— @JagerMouse 07 December 2013
Assist should do David a power of good. He has not been at his best since re-signing but it was a perfect pass for Barnes. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 07 December 2013
The start almost got even better. After some crisp midfield passing, Crofts drilled a glorious crossfield ball out to Conway who, tight to the left touchline, checked back on to his right foot and delivered a cross which Ince headed just off target on the run.
As City responded, Upson was alert to make a potentially goal-saving challenge just as Vardy looked set to pull the trigger right in front of goal.
Then Brezovan held a Dyer snapshot as Leicester came back into the game.
It was a lively start by Albion, though, and they went ahead with a beautifully crafted goal down their right on nine minutes.
Bruno slid the ball into the path of David Lopez, who made ground and angled a superb ball along the turf, across the defence and into the path of BARNES, who converted beyond the far post.
A sterner test for Brezovan was not long in coming. Drinkwater forced his way past a couple of lightweight tackles and hit a low shot which the big keeper did well to parry low to his right.
As Albion responded Conway got away from Wasilewski, who brought him down and was booked.
Conway whipped a dangerous free-kick into the heart of the City area but it was headed away.
Bruno and David Lopez combined neatly to win a corner which the latter struck straight at the first defender.
The clearance was met by a full-blooded volley from Crofts which struck Miquel in front of goal.
There were cheers as, almost straight from kick-off, Brezovan gathered an overhit ball forward by Leicester in front of the North Stand.
Albion name under-21 keeper Christian Walton on the bench.
Still awaiting word on what has happened to Kuszczak
We have just had a minute's applause in honour of Nelson Mandela.
A quick recap on the one outfield change per team. Rohan Ince into Albion’s midfield in place of Jake Forster-Caskey for Albion, Dean Hammond making only his second start for Leicester in place of Anthony Knockaert.
What that mean tactically for the Foxes is more of a 4-3-3 look with one of David Nugent or Jamie Vardy (I’d imagine Nugent) pulling wide to the right. Lloyd Dyer is their flying machine down the left.
Although Knockaert scored the opener at Wednesday, from what I saw of the their last away win, at Ipswich, the 4-3-3 worked quite well in bringing them from 1-0 down to 2-1 up.
We wondered whether Will Buckley would start for Albion having come off the bench in midweek.
Instead he does not feature, one imagines due to injury but we await confirmation. But Kazenga LuaLua is back among the subs.
Tomasz Kuszczak has pulled out of the match.
Peter Brezovan starts
Clear skies above the AmEx pitch looks immaculate all the build up Brighton v Leicester from 2 @BHAFC— @BBCSussexSport 07 December 2013
Looks as if Leicester will match the midfield set-up of #bhafc, Hammond sitting deep, with King and Drinkwater either side.— @AndyNaylorArgus 07 December 2013
They lost to the bottom side. Now they take on the leaders.
It’s a tall order for Albion today as Leicester – top of the table on goals scored – come to The Amex.
But the Foxes lost to a struggling side on Tuesday too, beaten 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday.
Both sides make one change to their starting XIs – and hope for a big change in performance levels.
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