Rodgers admits excitement about Leicester after defeat of Brighton

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers praised his side’s “brilliant win” as they strengthened their hold on second place in the Premier League table with a 2-0 victory over Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Jamie Vardy bagged his 12th Premier League goal of the season – at the second attempt from the penalty spot – as the Foxes continued their fine start to the campaign.

The forward also played a role in Ayoze Perez’s 64th-minute opener as the visitors secured their sixth successive victory in all competitions.

The game was not without its moments of VAR controversy, with referee Mike Dean awarding a Leicester penalty in the 80th minute, only for the spot-kick to be retaken.

Vardy’s initial effort was saved by Mat Ryan before James Maddison nodded in the rebound but Dean ordered a retake because of encroachment, which the 32-year-old fired into the net.

“[It was a] brilliant win,” said Rodgers, whose side are a point clear of third-placed Manchester City and three ahead of Chelsea following Saturday’s results.

“I knew before that this would be a real examination. They are very strong at home, and also have a really good football idea. I thought the performance was very, very good. We started really well and could have been a couple in front – Ayoze hit the bar and Jamie had a header saved.



“We defended well and in order to defend well you are hoping then it gives you opportunities to create. [Leicester] are an exciting team, work really hard and they suffer every day in training and then take that confidence into the games.”

The Foxes return to action next Sunday when they play Everton at the King Power Stadium.