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Brighton and Hove Albion deny Leicester City a promotion party

9 April 2014

By Tony Leighton

A 4-1 home defeat by Brighton and Hove Albion was hardly the way that Leicester City wanted to celebrate promotion to the Premier League.

The Foxes became The Football League's first club this season to clinch automatic promotion on Saturday, and they did so without kicking a ball as Queens Park Rangers and Derby County - the only teams below the top two who before the weekend could have surpassed their points total - both lost.

But Tuesday evening's King Power Stadium promotion party was pooped by the Seagulls, to the disappointment of the Leicester players.

Striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher, whose late goal was of very little consolation on the night, said: "The lads are very disappointed because that was not us.

"We defended badly and made mistakes we don't usually make. We have been clinical but we switched off tonight. We know that we've let ourselves down and the fans down because we didn't perform well.

"It wasn't good enough, we all know that, and we will be looking to improve. We have to pick ourselves up - we are on Sky TV next week, so we have to go and put on a show in front of the cameras."

Leicester's defeat was their first in 22 league outings and a set-back as they look to step up to the top flight as champions of the Sky Bet Championship.

Taylor-Fletcher made no excuses for Tuesday's low key display, but having clinched promotion to the Premier League with his previous club Blackpool via a Play-Off Final he would like to have achieved the feat with Leicester again while in match action.

"One of the things that probably didn't help us [against Brighton] was the way we got promoted," said the 32-year-old striker. "I would have liked to have done it playing in a game.

"It was a funny way to be promoted. We beat Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night and I was hoping that QPR and Derby would get points on Saturday so we could do it playing in a game, so we could have that feeling of being together after the game knowing we were promoted.

"It didn't work that way and I guess we'll take whatever way it happened, but we have to switch on now. We've five games to go - and we want a winner's medal."

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