Leicester 2-2 Brighton: 3 things FoL learned

Harvey Barnes of Leicester City celebrates with teammates (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Leicester City were lucky to get a point

Teams down the bottom scrabbling around for positives tend to bemoan their luck and significant lack of it. It was a staple of Nigel Pearson’s one rollercoaster Premier League season, but there was truth to it. The fear with this Leicester team is that there are no poor luck stories just a lot of poor players.

But Leicester might want to thank the footballing gods as goals and incidents seemed to go their way in this match. Early on Jan Paul Van Hecke somehow headed over from the goal-line before deservedly taking the lead their possession dominance deserved. Harvey Barnes again had one of his odd performances, moving into dangerous areas and getting the crowd on their feet by racing into wide areas, but predictably cutting inside to leave you wanting. Then LCFC got slightly lucky after Barnes and Youri Tielemans both had shots consecutively blocked before the ball fell kindly to Marc Albrighton to equalise and slot in his first goal of the season.

In the second half, Danny Welbeck had a decent shout for a penalty ignored by the officials as he appeared to be clipped by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall. This was followed by a glaring miss from Solly March who skied the ball into the family stand from 10 yards with the goal at his mercy. Not long later March was cursing his luck again after a decent corner flicked off his shoulder towards the unmarked Barnes, who powered his first Premier League goal in since November.

Brighton’s goals were well-worked with Kaoru Mitoma a threat throughout producing a lovely first-half finish and a well-placed cross for Evan Ferguson’s late equaliser. Ferguson was eager to get the ball back and restarted, sensing City’s fragile underbelly, but the winning goal never came. Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi bemoaned his team’s lack of a victory given their dominance and on this evidence, he had a point

Relegation is now a real possibility