But Potter’s side is not made to crumble. Little by little, they returned to conflict. Shane Duffy sent a clean header into the arms of Danny Ward, Pascal Gross just failed to connect with Joel Veltman’s urgent cross, then, in a checkered period of added time late in the first half -time, Alexis MacAllister had a deflected shot brilliantly reversed by the keeper.
From the resulting corner, the ball landed at the feet of Webster, who grabbed redemption from his previous mistake by sweeping the house. The parity did not last long, however. Barely a minute in fact, before a horribly under-touched back pass from Jeremy Sarmiento was grabbed by Ademola Lookman who scored with ease.
Inevitably, however, Brighton started the second half creating chances. Caglar Soyuncu edged out Jurgen Locadia and substitute Enock Mwepu saw a deflected shot behind. Rodgers had seen enough. He sent James Maddison to ensure progress.
Potter also decided to go for the top pick, bringing Lewis Dunk, Neal Maupay and Yves Bissouma into the fray, every touch of the latter booed down to the rafters, a reflection of dismay at his recent personal activities. But it was Marc Cucurella who really made the difference. His first excursion after entering the pitch ended with a characteristic precision cross from which the excellent Mwepu equalized with a header.
Both sides tried to avoid the shooting. Leicester almost did when Daka’s shot was scrambled by Duffy. But it went to penalties. And, after all, their strikes have found their way to the net and Danny Ward saved Iwepu’s tame effort, the Leicester League Cup collection remains on track to grow.
“Now we’re three games away from winning a trophy,” said Rodgers, “you’d like to do that. “
Leicester (3-4-3): Ward 6; Vestergaard 5, Soyuncu 7, Bertrand 6 (Mendy 58); Daley-Campbell 6 (Pereira 72), Choudhury 7 (Soumare 65), Dewsbury-Hall 6 (Maddison 58), Thomas 6; Barnes 7, Daka 7, Lookman 6 (Iheanacho 72)
Unused subtitles: Amartey, Castagne, Jakupovic, Marcal-Madivadua
Brighton and Hove Albion (4-4-2): Steele; Burn 5 (Mwepu 46), Webster 6 (Bissouma 62), Duffy, Veltman 6 (Dunk 62); Gross 6, MacAllister 7, Roberts 6 (Cucurella), Sarmiento 5 (Maupay); Locadia 6, Connolly 5
Unused subtitles: Scherpen, Léonard, Tsoungui, Offiah
Arbitrator: J Gillet