Virgo strike stuns Leicester
By Andy Clarke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Adam Virgo struck late in the first half to earn Brighton a shock win at Leicester.Emergency striker Adam Virgo struck late in the first half to give Brighton & Hove Albion a 1-0 win over Leicester City at the Walkers Stadium.
Seagulls boss Mark McGhee opted to play the big defender up alongside Leon Knight after being frustrated in his attempts to sign a new target man.
And the move paid dividends as Virgo controlled a long ball from Danny Cullip and scored with a fine right-footed drive from outside the area, as Leicester appealed in vain for offside.
This victory in a drab encounter is Brighton's second over the Bank Holiday weekend and leaves The Foxes still searching for a first goal at home this season.
Micky Adams' side looked pedestrian as they set about trying to correct that dismal statistic and quickly ran out of ideas after Virgo's 41st minute goal, after which Brighton simply shut up shop.
Dion Dublin and David Connolly couldn't find a way past the resilient Guy Butters and Danny Cullip and once the influential Danny Tiatto limped off, the home side were barely able to get out of first gear.
A bright spell at the start of the second half failed to produce a goal, although Connolly was able to force Michel Kuipers into a save with a low angled shot and Dublin lobbed a shot wide from 50 yards after spotting the Brighton keeper off his line.
Leicester's final chance disappeared in stoppage time when Virgo appeared to handle in the area, but the incident was not seen by the referee and Brighton's luck held when Scowcroft headed a good opportunity wide moments later.