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16 April 2018 Venue Checkatrade.com Stadium Attendance

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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2
5 - 1
FT
Stoke City PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Robert Sanchez
    GK
  • 2
    Ales Mateju
    DF
  • 3
    George Cox
    DF
  • 4
    Max Sanders (C)
    MF
  • 5
    Ben Barclay
    DF
  • 6
    Tom Dallison
    DF
  • 7
    Henrik Bjordal
    MF
  • 8
    Steven Alzate
    MF
  • 9
    Aaron Connolly
    FW
  • 10
    Danny Mandroiu
    FW
  • 11
    Viktor Gyokeres
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    James Tilley
    SUB
  • 13
    Billy Collings
    SUB
  • 14
    Owen Moore
    SUB
  • 15
    Bojan Radulovic
    SUB
  • 16
    Josh Kerr
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

4-4-2
  • 1
    Mitch Allen
    GK
  • 2
    Tom Edwards
    DF
  • 3
    Can McJannett (C)
    DF
  • 4
    Jake Twyford
    MF
  • 5
    Nathan Collings
    DF
  • 6
    Kevin Wimmer
    DF
  • 7
    Tre Pemberton
    MF
  • 8
    Olly Shenton
    MF
  • 9
    Jordan Greenidge
    FW
  • 10
    Saido Berahino
    FW
  • 11
    Danny Jarvis
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Sim Thanjit
    SUB
  • 13
    Nathan Broome
    SUB
  • 14
    Will Forrester
    SUB
  • 15
    Abdou Toure
    SUB
  • 16
    Shola Ayoola
    SUB

Manager

  • -

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: ALBION V STOKE CITY

16 April 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Henrik Bjordal in action for Albion's under-23s.

After securing their play-off spot in the Premier League 2 Division 2, Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s will look to secure a home fixture in the semi-finals - starting with tonight’s visit of Stoke City to the Checkatrade.com Stadium, kick-off 7pm.

The Seagulls head into the fixture on the back of a six-game unbeaten run in the league, and Simon Rusk’s team can put themselves in pole position for a home fixture, with victory over the Potters lifting them above Middlesbrough into third.

Albion will then finish their season against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, and another win for the Seagulls would guarantee third position at the very least, unless Boro force a huge turnaround in goal difference.

Rusk’s side came back from 2-0 down to beat Stoke 3-2 when the teams played at the bet365 Stadium in November - and the Potters now find themselves in tenth position with two games remaining.

The Potters were beaten 3-1 by Aston Villa last time out, while the Seagulls sealed an emphatic 5-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.

Albion supporters can follow a live text blog from tonight’s game on the Match Centre, with a report being uploaded to BrightonandHoveAlbion.com after the full-time whistle.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Season-tickets holders can gain free entry to the game at the checkatrade.com Stadium this evening, upon presentation of their season card at the turnstiles.

Prices for non-season-ticket holders are listed below:

Adults £5
Under-16s £2
65+ £2

Tickets are only available on the gate at the Checkatrade.com Stadium.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: ALBION 5 STOKE CITY 1

16 April 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Aaron Connolly wheels away in celebration after breaking the deadlock.
  • Albion seal impressive 5-1 win over Stoke City
  • Aaron Connolly fires brace for the Seagulls
  • Henrik Bjordal, Danny Mandroiu and Viktor Gyokeres add goals
  • Saido Berahino replies for the visitors

Brighton & Hove Albion secured back-to-back 5-1 victories in the Premier League 2 Division 2, as they confidently beat Stoke City at the Checkatrade.com Stadium this evening.

Aaron Connolly's brace and a goal each for Henrik Bjordal, Danny Mandroiu and Viktor Gyokeres stunned the visitors, who pulled a goal back through Saido Berahino, but lacked the quality needed to get the better of Simon Rusk’s in-form side.

Bjordal had Albion’s first chance of the game after Rusk’s team made a positive start, but the Norwegian’s powerful shot from inside the box was parried away from goal, following a delightful pass from Max Sanders into George Cox.

But just a minute later, Connolly handed his team the lead when he stretched to meet Cox’s inviting cross into the penalty area, and the Irishman picked out the bottom corner to break the deadlock.

Another three minutes passed and Albion’s lead was doubled. Bjordal received the ball outside the penalty area and shifted it onto his right foot, before the winger’s powerful effort deflected on its way into the bottom corner.

Gyokeres came close to adding a third for the Seagulls when he latched onto a perfectly-weighted pass over Stoke’s defence, but the Swede’s ferocious drive with the outside of his right foot cannoned back off the post.

However, in the 27th minute the lead was extended again. Albion won a free-kick just outside the penalty area and Mandroiu got the ball up and over Stoke’s wall to find the bottom corner, which made it 3-0.

Steven Alzate, Mandroiu and Sanders continued to pull the strings down the middle of the park for the Seagulls, while Connolly’s pace in-behind caused problems for the visitors, who struggled to find any rhythm in the game.

Mandroiu almost bagged his brace on the stroke of half-time, when Sanders picked out the Irishman inside the area, but Stoke goalkeeper Mitch Allen made a fantastic save at full stretch from the midfielder’s header.

The visitors made a confident start to the second half and managed to reduce Albion’s advantage just three minute after the re-start.. Berahino received the ball inside the penalty area and powered home into the top corner to make it 3-1.

Robert Sanchez was then forced into a fine stop from Jordan Greenidge’s low-driven effort, as the Potters began to feel their way back into the game and put the Seagulls under pressure.

But Albion’s three-goal advantage was restored when Connolly got on the end of Ales Mateju’s powerful cross to volley home his second goal of the evening from close range.

Rusk’s side comfortably saw out the remainder of the contest, with Sanchez making a couple of routine stops - and Albion leapfrogged Middlesbrough into third position in the league table.

ALBION: Sanchez; Mateju (Moore 75), Barclay, Dallison, Cox; Bjordal, Alzate, Sanders, Gyokeres; Mandroiu (Tilley 75), Connolly (Radulovic 85).

Subs not used: Collings (GK), Kerr.

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