February 26, 2019 / 10:03 PM / 7 months ago

Soccer-Leicester beat Brighton as Rodgers watches on

* Leicester end poor run with 2-1 win over Brighton

* Demarai Gray’s early goal put Leicester ahead

* Brighton’s Glenn Murray wasted a great chance to level

* Jamie Vardy’s 63rd-minute goal doubled the lead

* Davy Propper halved the deficit but Leicester hung on

* Leicester at Watford next, Brighton host Huddersfield

LEICESTER CITY 2 BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION 1

Feb 26 (Reuters) - Newly-appointed Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers watched from the stands as the Foxes returned to form with a 2-1 defeat of Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday.

Leicester needed only 10 minutes to take the lead as Demarai Gray was played in by Youri Tielemans and finished in style past Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan.

Gray was denied a second by Ryan as Leicester, who sacked manager Claude Puel at the weekend after a run of five defeats and a draw, began at a fast tempo but the visitors reached halftime with no further damage.

Glenn Murray wasted a great chance to equalise before Jamie Vardy made it 2-0. An assist from James Maddison found Vardy and the England striker lashed a low shot past Ryan to double Leicester’s lead just past the hour.

Brighton responded quickly though and reduced the deficit three minutes later as Davy Propper rifled a shot past Kasper Schmeichel after wrong-footing Tielemans.

Leicester hung on to claim the win to leave Brighton peering anxiously over their shoulders near the bottom. (Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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