Jamie Vardy maintained his brilliant scoring streak as Leicester beat Brighton for their fifth successive Premier League win to strengthen their hold on second spot.
He then got his goal from the spot after his initial effort had to be retaken, the penalty award coming after Demarai Gray had been fouled by Adam Webster.
Vardy’s effort was saved by Mat Ryan before the ball was headed in by James Maddison, but the England midfielder’s celebrations were cut short when VAR informed referee Mike Dean of encroachment, gifting Vardy a reprieve.
Seagulls home run ends after below-par display
Brighton came into this game having won their previous three at the Amex, but it never looked like they would make it four.
They were on the back foot in the opening period and needed Ryan to produce a brilliant save to prevent Vardy’s header going in, shortly after Perez’s header hit the woodwork.
Graham Potter’s side gave the home support a little more to cheer about in the second half, Montoya and Neal Maupay denied by the brilliant defending of Ndidi and Caglar Soyuncu.
The Seagulls remain comfortably in mid-table but it is a trip to Anfield next.
Man of the match – Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
‘We could have scored more’ – reaction
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers speaking to Match of the Day: “We played very, very well considering we’ve come back from the international break. In the first 30 minutes we had control of the game and had chances to go in front.
“They started strongly in the second half, but the boys have got great resilience. You can be a good side by keeping the ball and creating chances from deep, but that’s what we have (good counter-attacking).
“It was to be expected that Brighton would come on strong. Brighton are a good side. They have good football ideas and pass the ball. With a better selection of passes we could have scored more though.”
Brighton boss Graham Potter speaking to Match of the Day: “I thought we started the second half really well. We looked like we might do something. With their goal they broke really well.
“We did a lot well but not enough. Leicester had opportunities and chances on the break.
“They started better than us. We hung in there and grew into the game. We were much better after the break.
“I saw their penalty – it didn’t look the strongest appeal. Sometimes they go for you and sometimes they don’t, but that’s not the reason we lost the game.”
Perez finding form – stats
- Leicester have equalled their Premier League-best run of five consecutive victories, with the Foxes winning these matches by an aggregate score of 17-1.
- Brighton lost their first home league match since August, ending a run of four without defeat at the Amex Stadium (W3 D1).
- Brighton failed to register a single shot on target in a Premier League home game for only the second time, also failing to do so against Liverpool in January.
- Leicester have conceded a league-low eight Premier League goals this season, with this their fourth consecutive clean sheet.
- Perez has scored four goals in his last four Premier League games for Leicester, having failed to find the net in his first eight for the Foxes.