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Match verdict: Leicester City 1 Brighton 0 - Foxes march on at top of table


Andy King's 10th minute strike saw Leicester City cement their lead at the top of the Championship table with a 1-0 win against Brighton at the King Power Stadium last night.

City boss Nigel Pearson went with the same side that grabbed the point that took them to the top of the division at Birmingham on Saturday, which meant there was no recall for Ben Marshall, who scored the equaliser at St Andrew's.

7 mins: A Martyn Waghorn free-kick from 25 yards is tipped around the post by Tomasz Kuszczak. The Seagulls keeper seemed to see it late. City have started brightly and force four consecutive corners.

10 mins: GOAL 1-0 David Nugent does superbly to hold the ball up and pick out the trademark run of Andy King, whose first shot is blocked but tucks away the rebound for his fourth goal of the season. It did not take long to breach the tightest defence in the league, which is now reeling under the City onslaught.

13 mins: Ritchie De Laet embarks on a powerful surging run from full-back and crosses low for Waghorn, but he sidefoots his effort over the bar. It was a great chance for the second.

23 mins: Anthony Knockaert jinks to the by-line and hooks a cross over which Lloyd Dyer is inches away from connecting with. It is all City so far.

27 mins: Waghorn chests the ball down to Knockaert who runs at the Brighton defence and tests Kuszczak with a strike from the edge of the area. The former Manchester United keeper had to palm it away as the ball moved in the air.

41 mins: A let-off for City as De Laet gifts Craig Mackail-Smith the ball 30 yards out with a sloppy pass, but he does not take advantage with a tame effort. City have allowed Brighton back into the game in the last 15 minutes. The visitors are having much more possession now, but are not doing too much with it to really worry City.

h-t: City 1 Brighton 0

50 mins: Nugent forces a good save from Kuszczak with a curling effort from an acute angle. Brighton had started the second half brightly but City create the first real opportunity.

53 mins: Penalty to Brighton. Will Buckley skips past Paul Konchesky and races into the box. He takes on Zak Whitbread, who blocks his run. The referee did not seem to give the penalty until the linesman flags. The ref is closer but he takes the linesman's advice.

54 mins: BOOKING De Laet for encroaching inside the penalty box.

55 mins: Ashley Barnes takes the kick and sends it to Kasper Schmeichel's left but the City keeper guesses the right way and produces a great stop. Barnes fires the rebound over the bar. Kasper's dad, Peter, who was watching from the stands, would have appreciated that save.

56 mins: SUBSTITUTION Liam Moore on for De Laet, who limps off. City now down to their last four fit defenders.

57 mins: Waghorn picks out Lloyd Dyer's run with a pinpoint cross but Dyer can only head wide. The game has sprung to life.

67 mins: BOOKING Liam Bridcutt for cynical foul on Waghorn to stop City on a promising break.

68 mins: SUBSTITUTION Jamie Vardy on for Nugent.

71 mins: SUBSTITUTION Ben Marshall on for Waghorn.

74 mins: City look likely to get a second and King drags a shot just wide of the far post.

79 mins: Marshall forces Kuszczak into a smart stop with a low cross from an acute angle, with Vardy waiting to pounce.

84 mins: A let-off for City as Barnes heads over from a corner. City need to stay alert to protect their lead.

86 mins: Marshall again forces the Seagulls keeper into action with a low drive at the near post.

90+4 mins: The final whistle blows and the biggest crowd of the season salutes a sixth consecutive City home victory during this campaign.

f-t: City 1 Brighton 0

Match verdict: Leicester City 1 Brighton 0 - Foxes march on at top of table

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