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CHECKATRADE PREVIEW: ALBION LOOK TO SEAL PROGRESS

13 November 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Mathias Normann celebrates after Albion's penalty shootout win at Peterborough.

A Brighton & Hove Albion under-23 side travel to MK Dons in the Checkatrade Trophy this evening, and Simon Rusk’s side will be looking to seal their place in the knockout stages.

The Seagulls sit level on points with tonight’s opponents and Peterborough United, however they find themselves just outside the qualification spots in third place on goal difference.

Rusk’s team need to better the result of Peterborough, who play group leaders Luton Town, or match them for a draw and win the resulting penalty shootout for an extra point, while hoping the Hatters win on spot kicks.

If Peterborough lose to Luton, Albion will need to either beat MK Dons or draw the match and win the penalty shootout for an extra points to finish above Paul Tisdale's side.

Albion came back from 2-0 down in their previous group fixture at the ABAX Stadium, before winning the penalty shootout against Peterborough to keep their chances of qualification alive.

Tonight’s opponents also defeated the Posh from 12 yards after sharing the spoils in normal time, while Luton claimed victory in both of their matches to reach the knockout stages.

On their most recent outing, Albion tasted only their second league defeat of the season against Everton, while MK Dons lost 3-1 to Grimsby Town in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Albion supporters can purchase tickets using cash only at the away ticket booth at Stadium MK this evening — which is located located next to the away entrance at gate three — or at the club’s box office.

Adults £5
Seniors £5
Under-18s £1

Alternatively, supporters can follow a live text blog on the Match Centre tonight, with a report and gallery to be uploaded after the full-time whistle.

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Match Reports

REPORT: MK DONS 2 ALBION 3

13 November 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Aaron Connolly fires a hat-trick against MK Dons.
  • Albion seal impressive 3-2 victory at MK Dons
  • Aaron Connolly fires a hat-trick for the Seagulls
  • Kieran Agard and Mitch Hancox score for the hosts
  • The Seagulls just miss out on Checkatrade Trophy qualification

Despite an inspiring performance from a Brighton & Hove Albion under-21 side at Stadium MK this evening, which saw Aaron Connolly fire a hat-trick to seal a 3-2 win, the Seagulls fell just short of Checkatrade Trophy qualification.

Connolly found the back of the net in-between strikes from MK Dons duo Kieran Agard and Mitch Hancox, but the Irishman fired further goals in the second half to extend his goal tally to 15 for the season and secure three points for Simon Rusk’s team.

But it wasn’t enough to see Albion reach the knockout stages, as Peterborough United’s 2-1 win against Luton Town ensured their one-goal advantage on goal difference would take them through.

The hosts began the game positively and went close through striker Hancox, as the forward glanced a header just over the crossbar from a Conor McGrandles cross.

Just three minutes later and the home side found the back of the net — Agard received the ball on the edge of Albion’s penalty area and drilled a low shot into the bottom corner to break the deadlock.

After Hugo Keto tipped over a dipping effort from Ousseynou Cisse, Albion created their first chance of the game up the other end, as Warren O’Hora’s header across goal was fired over from close range by Connolly.

The Irishman was no doubt frustrated by his miss, but made up for it in perfect fashion after 23 minutes, as he raced down the side of his marker and picked out the bottom corner from a tight angle to level the scores.

Viktor Gyokeres then forced Stuart Moore into a fine save at full stretch, as the Swede chested the ball down and powered a shot towards the bottom corner from 20 yards, which the Dons keeper tipped around the post.

But just four minutes short of the break the hosts found themselves back in front — Hancox ghosted in at the back post and found the back of the net with a simple finish to restore their advantage.

Albion returned for the second period and almost got themselves on level terms again when James Tilley pulled the trigger from 20 yards, but the winger’s curling effort dropped just wide of the target.

Jordan Davies then struck the woodwork at the back post when he connected with Mathias Normann’s excellent cross, and Albion's pressure finally took its toll and Rusk’s team got their reward soon after with an equaliser. 

Gyokeres delivered a low cross into the penalty area and Connolly was there to confidently convert his 14th goal of the season and give Albion’s hopes of qualification a fighting chance.

Rusk’s team knew they needed another goal - that’s exactly what Connolly was able to deliver again soon after, as he volleyed home at the back post from another Gyokeres cross to turn the scoreline on its head.

Albion pressed for a fourth goal, which could have sealed a place in the knockout stages, but Ben Barclay’s header dropped just wide and the final whistle blew, meaning Albion’s impressive attempt to reach the knockout stages of the competition fell just short.

ALBION: Keto; White, Barclay, O’Hora (Ljubicic 88), Cox; Sanders; Tilley (A.Davies 77), Normann, J.Davies, Gyokeres; Connolly.

Subs not used: Collings (GK), Kerr, Cochrane, Spong, Cashman.

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Ticket News

MK DONS TICKETS ON SALE NOW

5 November 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Stadium:MK
Tickets are available now for Brighton & Hove Albion’s Checkatrade Trophy match against MK Dons at Stadium:MK on Tuesday 13th November, kick-off 7.45pm.
 
It is the third and final group stage match for Simon Rusk’s side, following a 2-1 defeat to Luton Town and a penalty shootout victory over Peterborough United, with the scores level at 2-2 after 90 minutes.
 
Prices for the match are set as follows:

Adults - £5
Seniors - £5
Under-18s - £1
 
Albion fans can book their tickets in advance now via MK Dons over the phone, on 0333 2005 343.
 
Alternatively, fans can purchase their tickets on the day using cash only at the away ticket booth, located next to the away entrance at gate three, or at the club’s box office. 

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