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Amex Stadium (ATT 28,493) 6th April 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Moss

Brighton Brighton and Hove Albion vs Leicester City Leicester

Brighton 1

K LuaLua (88)

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Leicester 1

M James (73)

Brighton draw 1-1 with Leicester in Championship

Last Updated: 06/04/13 6:35pm

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Kazenga LuaLua: Late leveller

Kazenga LuaLua: Late leveller

Kazenga LuaLua kept Brighton clinging on to an npower Championship play-off spot as Leicester missed the chance to leapfrog them into the top six with a 1-1 draw.

Matty James' third goal of the season looked to have secured only Leicester's second win in 12, a rotten run which has seen them slump from second to seventh.

But LuaLua, on as an early substitute for the injured Will Buckley, rescued Brighton when he cancelled out James' strike with just two minutes remaining.

Despite their poor run, Leicester did not start like a side lacking in confidence with Andy King heading wide and Michael Keane volleying over the top.

King then fired wide from inside the area before David Nugent's long-range effort was held by Seagulls keeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

But Brighton almost went ahead with their first real chance on the half hour, Inigo Calderon denied by a goalline clearance from Danny Drinkwater before David Lopez's follow-up was palmed over by Kasper Schmeichel.

Moments later Leonardo Ulloa met a corner from Andrea Orlandi, but the Argentinian striker could not keep his header down.

Leicester went close in the 35th minute when Jeff Schlupp played in King, whose rising drive was tipped over by Kuszczak.

Schlupp then found himself one-on-one with Kuszczak but his shot hit the advancing keeper's heel and Gordon Greer was on hand to complete the clearance.

Schlupp was still making a nuisance of himself at the start of the second half, driving one effort wide before shooting straight at Kuszczak.

Former Manchester United keeper Kuszczak then made a fine save to deny King, Ben Marshall fired over from 20 yards and Keane headed James' corner wide.

Brighton almost took the lead in the 71st minute when LuaLua crossed into the area, but Ulloa poked his shot wide.

And the hosts were made to pay two minutes later when they failed to deal with Paul Konchesky's long throw and the ball fell to James, who cleverly switched feet before smashing it into the net.

They could have had a second, but Liam Bridcutt bravely blocked a fierce strike from Chris Wood.

But instead LuaLua grabbed what could prove a vital equaliser when he collected a pass from Dean Hammond, cut in off the left wing and rifled his shot inside the near post.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 14 26
2 Watford 14 26
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 26
4 Bournemouth 14 24
5 Middlesbrough 14 24
6 Norwich City 14 23
7 Nottingham Forest 14 22
8 Blackburn Rovers 14 22
9 Charlton Athletic 14 22
10 Ipswich Town 14 21
11 Cardiff City 14 19
12 Sheffield Wednesday 14 19
13 Brentford 14 19
14 Reading 14 18
15 Millwall 14 17
16 Rotherham United 14 17
17 Huddersfield Town 14 17
18 Leeds United 14 16
19 Wigan Athletic 14 15
20 Fulham 14 14
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 14 13
22 Bolton Wanderers 14 11
23 Birmingham City 14 11
24 Blackpool 14 6