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Jamie Redknapp warns stylish Brighton to find a way of ‘winning ugly’ or risk Premier League drop

Jamie Redknapp has warned struggling Brighton that their impressive style of play will only be rewarded with Premier League survival if they can ‘find a way of winning ugly’.

Albion endured a third successive single-goal defeat at home to Leicester on Saturday, stretching their winless league run to five matches and leaving the Seagulls three points above third-bottom Fulham, who play their game in hand at Liverpool on Sunday.

Ex-England midfielder Redknapp told Sky Sports: ‘They’re so lovely to watch, they’re a joy. But they’ve got to find a way of winning ugly right now, otherwise the likes of Fulham, hot on their tail and picking up good results, are going to catch them.

Toiling Brighton increased their relegation fears by losing 2-1 at home to Leicester on Saturday

Toiling Brighton increased their relegation fears by losing 2-1 at home to Leicester on Saturday

Toiling Brighton increased their relegation fears by losing 2-1 at home to Leicester on Saturday

Albion produced a predictably easy-on-the-eye display but again came away with no points

Albion produced a predictably easy-on-the-eye display but again came away with no points

Albion produced a predictably easy-on-the-eye display but again came away with no points

‘As a goal scorer, you’d love to play in this team. The chances they create through [Alexis] Mac Allister and [Leandro] Trossard, [Pascal] Gross – they create so many opportunities for the forwards.

‘They shouldn’t be in a position where they’re three points above the relegation zone. They beat Liverpool and Tottenham at home and you thought, “this is a team that’s going to get to midtable security, enjoy their football.”

‘But for some reason they’re still in this fight and they’ve got to find a way of getting results.’

Adam Lallana gave Graham Potter’s technically-gifted side a 10th-minute lead against the Foxes before Kelechi Iheanacho showed the ruthlessness that Brighton have often lacked this season with a classy second-half equaliser.

Brighton are slick to watch under Graham Potter but have won only one of their last 18 at home

Brighton are slick to watch under Graham Potter but have won only one of their last 18 at home

Brighton are slick to watch under Graham Potter but have won only one of their last 18 at home

Daniel Amartey then headed the winner three minutes from time to consign the hosts to another defeat in spite of a fine display.

The result made Albion’s six-match unbeaten run in the Premier League earlier this year, including those victories over Spurs and Liverpool and a win at Leeds, seem a distant memory ahead of two crucial fixtures. 

Redknapp said: ‘They play too good a style of football to go down but right now I do fear for them.’

Jamie Redknapp has been fulsome in his praise for Albion and wants them to win by any means

Jamie Redknapp has been fulsome in his praise for Albion and wants them to win by any means

Jamie Redknapp has been fulsome in his praise for Albion and wants them to win by any means

‘They’ve got some huge games coming up – a local derby against Southampton away, Newcastle at home feels like such a huge game for them as well.

‘Right now, the next two games are huge in the context of their season. They’ve got to find a way of getting something next week.

‘[Southampton top scorer] Danny Ings picked up an injury today, [there’s a question over] whether he’ll be fit. Newcastle at home is huge, not just for Steve Bruce but for Brighton.’

Source: Daily

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