Chris Hughton

Brighton & Hove Albion head coach, Chris Hughton, says he has no problem with the penalty kick awarded against his side in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw against Leicester City following a bad challenge on Nigeria forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, inside the box.

Isreali midfielder Beram Kayal tripped substitute Iheanacho in the 79th minute (pictured above) with fellow substitute Jamie Vardy converting the resultant penalty kick.

Leicester City who went behind in the first half following a strike by top scorer, Glen Murray played majority of the game with a man down following James Maddison sending off.

The hosts however failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage by conceding late in the game.

“We had a good start and were good in that first-half period against 11 men. I thought we had ample opportunities to increase our lead and got into some really good areas, Hughton told reporters after the game.

“The longer the game goes on against a team of their quality with the pace they’ve got — despite being down to ten men — they were going to be a threat on the counter attack.”

Hughton added: “We had some really good opportunities in the final third to increase our lead, which would have made life easier for ourselves. When you’re playing against ten men, you’ve got to make it count.

“It’s a poor penalty that we conceded and it’s a really good opportunity missed. You’ve got to be able to kill the game off, but we weren’t able to do that.”

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