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09 April 2018 Venue The Amex Elite Football Performance Centre Attendance

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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2
5 - 1
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West Bromwich Albion PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Niki Maenpaa
    GK
  • 2
    Owen Moore
    DF
  • 3
    George Cox
    DF
  • 4
    Uwe Huenemeier
    DF
  • 5
    Tom Dallison
    DF
  • 6
    Max Sanders (C)
    MF
  • 7
    Steven Alzate
    MF
  • 8
    Jiri Skalak
    MF
  • 9
    Sam Baldock
    FW
  • 10
    Danny Mandroiu
    MF
  • 11
    Viktor Gyokeres
    FW

Substitutes

  • 12
    Ben Barclay
    SUB
  • 13
    Robert Sanchez
    SUB
  • 14
    Aaron Connolly
    SUB
  • 15
    James Tilley
    SUB
  • 16
    Henrik Bjordal
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

4-4-2
  • 1
    Alex Palmer (C)
    GK
  • 2
    Nathan Ferguson
    DF
  • 3
    George Harmon
    DF
  • 4
    Sam Field
    MF
  • 5
    Ali Gabr
    DF
  • 6
    Kyle Jameson
    DF
  • 7
    Oliver Burke
    MF
  • 8
    Rekeem Harper
    MF
  • 9
    Callum Morton
    FW
  • 10
    Nacer Chadli
    FW
  • 11
    Jonathan Leko
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Evan Pierce
    SUB
  • 13
    Brad House
    SUB
  • 14
    Alex Bradley
    SUB
  • 15
    Robbie McCourt
    SUB
  • 16
    Dan Meredith
    SUB

Manager

  • -

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: ALBION V WEST BROMWICH ALBION

9 April 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Max Sanders in action for Albion's under-23s.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s return to Premier League 2 Division 2 action this evening, when they come up against West Bromwich Albion at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, kick-off 7pm.

Albion’s 11-match unbeaten run came to an end via a penalty shootout defeat to Swansea City in the Premier League Cup on Friday evening, but Simon Rusk’s team remain five matches unbeaten in the league.

The Seagulls occupy fourth position in the league table with three matches left to play, and victory over the Baggies would move them to within touching distance of securing one of the four play-off spots up for grabs.

Rusk’s side sealed an impressive 3-0 victory over third-placed Middlesbrough last time out, when goals from Henrik Bjordal, Viktor Gyokeres and Ben Barclay ensured all three points would be taken from the north east.

Tonight’s opponents find themselves bottom of the league table after 19 matches, and the Baggies are without a win in five matches - as they most recently lost 2-1 against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

West Brom secured one of only two victories this season, when the Seagulls travelled to the Hawthorns back in September - in what was an off night for Rusk’s side, as the Baggies won 5-1.

But Albion’s form rapidly improved over the following months and they now find themselves fighting for promotion to the Premier League 2 Division 1.

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

Click here to view ticket information for tonight's under-23 match in Lancing.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: ALBION 5 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1

9 April 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Max Sanders wheels away in celebration after putting Albion 5-0 up.
  • Albion seal an emphatic 5-1 victory over the Baggies
  • Viktor Gyokeres and Uwe Huenemeier score before half-time
  • Henrik Bjordal, Alex Palmer (OG) and Max Sanders make it 5-0
  • Robbie McCourt fires late consolation for the visitors

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s moved into third position in the Premier League 2 Division 2, following a stunning display against West Bromwich Albion, as they secured a 5-1 victory at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.

The Seagulls showed attacking prowess from the off and goals from Viktor Gyokeres, Uwe Huenemeier, Henrik Bjordal and Max Sanders led Simon Rusk’s team to an emphatic win.

Alex Palmer’s own goal added to Albion’s lead, before the Baggies scored a late consolation on the south coast - as the Seagulls stretched their unbeaten league record to six matches.

Rusk introduced four first-team players to the starting line-up in Lancing, as Niki Maenpaa, Jiri Skalak, Sam Baldock and Huenemeier all contributed towards an encouraging performance.

Albion’s first opportunity of the game fell to Baldock inside the opening ten minutes, but the striker’s low-driven effort lacked the accuracy needed to beat Baggies goalkeeper Alex Palmer, who made a routine stop.

Baldock continued to cause problems, as his energy in the final third kept the visitors’ defence busy at all times - but the striker’s right-footed effort from Steve Alzate’s lay-off dropped just wide of the target.

The Baggies continued to ride their luck when Nathan Ferguson came to his team’s rescue, clearing Baldock’s back-post header off the goal line - but Albion’s constant pressure reaped its reward in the 28th minute.

Gyokeres received the ball in space and took aim at goal from 25 yards - and the Swede couldn’t have struck the ball any sweeter, as he watched his curling effort find the top corner to break the deadlock.

Nacer Chadli went in search of a response for the visitors, but his dipping free-kick from 30 yards dropped just over the crossbar - and just four minutes later, in the 39th minute, Albion’s advantage was increased.

Danny Mandroiu floated a corner to the middle of the penalty area, and there was Huenemeier to connect with a powerful header which flew past Palmer to give the Seagulls a much-deserved 2-0 lead at the break.

Rusk’s team returned for the second half and Alzate found himself on the end of a slick passing move, but after Gyokeres squared inside for his team-mate, the midfielder’s fizzing effort ended up in the hands of Palmer.

The move of the match played out in the 69th minute, and this time the ball ended up in the back of the net, as Bjordal played a delightful one-two with Sanders, following a string of Albion passes, before cooly finishing from close range.

Nine minutes later it was 4-0 when Skalak’s fierce effort from inside the penalty area took a massive deflection into the air, and with Palmer backtracking, the goalkeeper could only palm the ball into his own goal.

The Baggies were clearly deflated and Albion’s fifth goal of the contest came within the next 60 seconds - Sanders arrived in time to meet Baldock’s perfectly-weighted cross with a bullet header to make it 5-0.

The goals continued to flow, but unfortunately for Rusk’s side, their clean sheet disappeared when substitute McCourt headed home at the back post to reduce the deficit to four goals.

The Seagulls pushed for another in the closing stages, but the referee called time on the contest and Albion moved up to third in the Premier League 2 Division 2 - five points clear of sixth-placed Fulham.

ALBION: Maenpaa; Moore, Dallison, Huenemeier, Cox; Alzate, Sanders (Tilley 82), Mandroiu (Connolly 74), Skalak; Gyokeres (Bjordal 61), Baldock.

Subs not used: Sanchez (GK), Barclay.

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Ticket News

WEST BROM U23 FIXTURE MOVED TO TRAINING GROUND TONIGHT

9 April 2018

Paul Hazlewood
The American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23 fixture against West Bromwich Albion this evening has been moved from the Checkatrade Stadium to the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.

The Baggies were due to visit the south coast midway through January, but the original fixture was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the Checkatrade Stadium.

The rearranged match this evening - which kicks off at 7pm, has now been moved from Crawley Town’s stadium to Albion’s training ground in Lancing - and Simon Rusk’s team will look to move closer to sealing a play-off spot in the Premier League 2 Division 2.

Albion supporters can secure their tickets for tonight's game at seagullstickets.com, and must select the print-at-home option and present their ticket on arrival at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.

Season-ticket holders are entitled to one free ticket per membership, but must still book their ticket online and bring along to the game.

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

Adults £5
Under-16s £2
65+ £2

Tickets for the fixture go off sale at 5pm today, there will be no sales on the gate this evening.

Under no circumstances should supporters arrive at the training ground if they haven’t pre-booked and printed their ticket.

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