Bottom-placed Leicester failed to ease the mounting pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers after their winless start was prolonged by a resounding 5-2 loss to Brighton.
Leandro Trossard’s goal in the second half and Alexis Mac Allister’s brace – a penalty followed by a splendid free-kick in the final – sentenced the struggling Foxes to their fifth consecutive Premier League defeat.
The visitors equalized at half-time at Amex Stadium thanks to Patson Daka after an own goal from Luke Thomas and a goal from Moises Caicedo overturned Kelechi Iheanacho’s lead in the first minute.
But they were outclassed for the duration of the second period and have now only taken one point on a possible 18, leading to a “Rodgers Out” banner deployed in the disgruntled full-time away game.
City would also have lost by a larger margin had Mac Allister not ruled out an extraordinary long-range shot against Enock Mwepu following a long VAR control for offside.
Brighton’s well-deserved victory strengthens their hold on fourth as they responded with emphasis to their first defeat of the season at Fulham midweek.
Leicester boss Rodgers admitted this week that his club’s main goal was to avoid relegation after a difficult start to the season and a difficult transfer window.
Deadline day signing Wout Faes was unable to show up in Sussex having not received a visa in time as Rodgers responded to Thursday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United by bringing back attacking duo Iheanacho and Daka .
The visiting team, which has never come below 12th since the 2016 shock title, kicked off a dream in just 51 seconds.
Youri Tielemans dispossessed Solly March on the left wing and, after the ball was helped by Harvey Barnes, Daka placed the ball on the goal to give Iheanacho a simple tap-in.
Traveling Leicester fans responded to the quick opening by wryly chanting “stay awake” but were quickly silenced when the Seagulls turned the game around.
March atoned for his early mistake in the 10th minute, forcing Foxes defender Thomas to deflect the ball into his own headed net on a floated cross from fellow Albion defender Trossard back into goal.
Another Leicester mistake put the Seagulls ahead just five minutes later.
James Maddison carelessly conceded possession near the half way line, allowing Mwepu to advance and thread Caicedo, who finished with emphasis in the lower left corner.
Brighton fans taunted Rodgers with chants of “you will be fired in the morning” but, having apparently been in control, the home side then inexplicably gave Leicester a draw in the 33rd minute.
Adam Webster’s long sloppy pass was easily cut by Barnes, and after Lewis Dunk was caught backwards by Tielemans’ perfectly weighted ball over the top, Daka ran free to confidently overrun Robert Sanchez.
Brighton started the day with the division’s meanest defense but nearly fell behind for the second time when Barnes’s powerful dash was rejected by Sanchez just before half-time.
But from there it was all downhill for the Foxes.
The Seagulls thought they had regained the lead two minutes after the second half thanks to a thunderbolt from Mac Allister.
However, after referee Tony Harrington reviewed the footage on the sideline monitor, the stunning 25-yard drive in the upper left corner was ruled out.
Support for Brighton used colorful language to vent their frustration but was not denied in the 64th minute.
The sustained pressure culminated with Pascal Gross sliding into the lively Trossard and keeping his cool to find the bottom right corner.
The seagulls quickly doubled the advantage. Mac Allister made up for his previous disappointment by coldly turning in the center from the spot after Trossard overtook Wilfred Ndidi with outrageous skill before being knocked down.
Leicester have never threatened a comeback and their misery was compounded in the recovery when Mac Allister folded a delicious free-kick into the top left corner from distance.