Leicester scored three first-half goals to ease past a Brighton side that offered very little throughout the game.
Brighton started the game well and had the chance to take the lead. Welbeck ran onto Jahanbakhsh’s perfectly timed pass, but fired the shot straight at Foxes keeper Schmeichel.
27 minutes in Maddison put the hosts ahead after the ball fell to him just inside the box, Ryan managed to get a hand to the ball but not enough to keep the shot out.
Brighton struggled to threaten at all after the first goal. Leicester killed the game at the end of the first half after scoring two goals in as many minutes. Vardy was involved in both of the goals, first scoring a tap-in after a brilliant James cross, then teeing up Maddison who curled a fantastic effort into the top left hand corner.
The game was done by the second half and Leicester comfortably saw out the game. Speaking to the BBC after the game, Potter admitted his side were second best:
“We have no complaints with the result. There were some big moments for us before they scored and we were playing quite well but the goal affected us.
“Pretty quickly you go from being fine to suffering. The response in the second half was very good but overall it wasn’t good enough to get the three points. The score is painful for us – there’s not many times that’s happened to us this season. We have to recover and go again.”
The absence of Lamptey and Lallana was clear. Dan Burn struggled as a full back and James ran him ragged all game. There was also no real creativity from midfield, getting those players back fit must be a top priority.
Brighton remain 16th but are now just two points above the relegation zone following Fulham’s draw against reigning champions Liverpool.
Brighton’s two wins from 12 this term represents their joint-fewest at this stage in the club’s top-flight history, and defeat sees the Seagulls pulled into trouble following positive results for Burnley and Fulham.
The Seagulls now need to regroup and prepare for two massive games this week against Fulham and Sheffield United, who are both currently below them in the table.