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23 April 2018 Venue Molineux Stadium Attendance

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Wolverhampton Wanderers PL2
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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Andreas Sondergaard
    GK
  • 2
    Diego Lattie
    DF
  • 3
    Conor Levingston
    DF
  • 4
    Elliot Watt
    MF
  • 5
    Ben Goodliffe (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Ryan Leak
    DF
  • 7
    Carlos Heredia
    MF
  • 8
    Pedro Goncalves
    MF
  • 9
    Niall Ennis
    FW
  • 10
    Jose Xavier
    FW
  • 11
    Sherwin Seedorf
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Dion Sanderson
    SUB
  • 14
    Adam Osbourne
    SUB
  • 15
    Ming-Yang Yang
    SUB
  • 16
    Boubacar Hanne
    SUB
  • 17
    Benny Ashley-Seal
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Scott Sellars

4-4-1-1
  • 1
    Robert Sanchez
    GK
  • 2
    Ales Mateju
    DF
  • 3
    George Cox
    DF
  • 4
    Max Sanders (C)
    MF
  • 5
    Warren O'Hora
    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
    Josh Kerr
    SUB
  • 15
    Dessie Hutchinson
    SUB
  • 16
    Alex Cochrane
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS V ALBION

23 April 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Max Sanders in action against West Bromwich Albion.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s will look to secure a home tie in the Premier League 2 Division 2 play-off semi-finals this evening, when they play Wolverhampton Wanderers in their final regular season match at Molineux, kick-off 7pm.

The Seagulls have already sealed their place in the play-offs and know they’ll be facing Middlesbrough, but Simon Rusk’s side can guarantee a home fixture with victory over the West Midlands club tonight.

Albion must match or better the result that Boro record in their final league game of the season at Southampton, which also takes place this evening.

Rusk’s side extended their unbeaten league run to seven matches with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Stoke City at the Checkatrade.com Stadium last Monday - Aaron Connolly (2), Danny Mandroiu, Henrik Bjordal and Viktor Gyokeres scored the goals.

Another 5-1 success came beforehand, against West Bromwich Albion at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre - and the Seagulls will be keen to carry their stunning form into the play-off semi-finals.

Albion have also recorded three successive away victories in the league, whilst not conceding a single goal in that period - as they picked up impressive wins over Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough.

Wolves lost their previous match 2-1 against Norwich City, but depending on results elswhere, their chances of reaching the play-off could remain intact come 7pm this evening.

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.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 0 ALBION 5

23 April 2018

Wolverhampton Wanderers
Steven Alzate in action against Wolves at Molineux.
  • Albion secure 5-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • Aaron Connolly hits hat-trick at Molineux
  • Viktor Gyokeres and Danny Mandroiu extend lead
  • The Seagulls will now play Middlesbrough at home in the play-offs

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s scored five goals for a third successive game to beat Wolverhampton Wanders 5-0 at Molineux this evening, as they sealed an emphatic win before the Premier League 2 Division 2 play-offs get underway.

Aaron Connolly fired a hat-trick to put the Seagulls 3-0 ahead, before goals from Viktor Gyokeres and Danny Mandroiu extended the lead, as Simon Rusk’s team produced another eye-catching performance.

Albion had a great opportunity to open the scoring when Connolly was sent racing through on goal after just nine minutes, but with just Andreas Sondergaard to beat, the Irishman’s low effort was saved by the Wolves goalkeeper.

Tom Dallison then made a crucial intervention to cancel out the hosts’ first meaningful attack on Albion’s goal - the defender slid to cut out Sherwin Seedorf’s square pass for Niall Ennis, who was waiting for a simple finish at the back post.

Neither side managed to take hold of the game as possession switched hands throughout the first half, but Albion remained patient and continued to look for balls over the home side’s defence, as Connolly showed his pace in-behind.

The Seagulls were forced into making a change shortly before the break, as Alex Cochrane replaced the injured George Cox - but with the game looking set to be goalless at half-time, the deadlock was soon broken.

Henrik Bjordal whipped a wonderful cross into the penalty area from the right wing and Connolly connected with a firm volley to send the ball into the bottom corner, which gave Albion a narrow lead at the break.

Mandroiu and Connolly then had glorious chances to extend Albion’s advantage when play got back underway, but the former fired straight at Sondergaard before his compatriot lifted his shot over the crossbar from another Bjordal cross.

But the Irishman sealed his brace and made it 2-0 in the 49th minute - Connolly controlled Mandroiu’s free-kick into the penalty area, before composing himself in front of goal and finishing into the bottom corner.

Ten minutes later, the forward had his hat-trick and extended Albion’s lead to 3-0. Connolly raced onto a through-ball from Max Sanders before opening his body to curl his effort into the bottom corner, beyond the reach of Sondergaard.

The hosts then had their best chance of the game, but the Seagulls were let off the hook when Seedorf’s right-footed effort took a deflection, rolled across the face of goal and hit the outside of Robert Sanchez’s left-hand upright.

Wolves fell further behind in the 69th minute and Gyokeres got his name on the scoresheet for the Seagulls, as he lashed home from close range, following a fine run and cross from Ales Mateju down the right wing.

Bjordal almost made it 5-0 with ten minutes left on the clock, but the winger’s ferocious drive from 25 yards cannoned back off the post before the hosts scrambled the ball clear.

But the Seagulls secured their third successive five-goal haul in the 86th minute and it was a spectacular 25-yard free-kick from Mandroiu that found the top corner, similar to his effort against Stoke last Monday.

Rusk’s team saw out the remaining minutes of the match, and made sure their breathtaking form continued into the play-offs, where they’ll meet Middlesbrough for a place in the final.

ALBION: Sanchez; Mateju, O’Hora (Kerr 66), Dallison, Cox (Cochrane 40); Bjordal, Sanders, Alzate, Gyokeres; Mandroiu; Connolly (Tilley 70).

Subs not used: Collings (GK), Hutchinson.

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