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21 August 2017 Venue Checkatrade.com Stadium Attendance Referee Carl Brook

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Brighton and Hove Albion PL2
4 - 2
FT
Fulham PL2

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4-2-3-1
  • 1
    Robert Sanchez
    GK
  • 2
    Will Collar
    DF
  • 3
    George Cox
    DF
  • 4
    Dessie Hutchinson (C)
    MF
  • 5
    Ben Hall
    DF
  • 6
    Josh Kerr
    DF
  • 7
    Henrik Bjordal
    MF
  • 8
    Max Sanders
    MF
  • 9
    Steven Alzate
    FW
  • 10
    Danny Mandroiu
    MF
  • 11
    Jordan Davies
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Ryan Longman
    SUB
  • 13
    Billy Collings
    SUB
  • 14
    Owen Moore
    SUB
  • 15
    Rian O'Sullivan
    SUB
  • 16
    David Ajiboye
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

4-4-2
  • 1
    Magnus Norman
    GK
  • 2
    Joseph Felix
    DF
  • 3
    Sean Kavanagh
    DF
  • 4
    Foday Nabay
    MF
  • 5
    Aron Davies
    DF
  • 6
    Robert Atkinson (C)
    DF
  • 7
    Stephen Humphrys
    MF
  • 8
    Mattias Kait
    MF
  • 9
    Elijah Adebayo
    FW
  • 10
    George Williams
    FW
  • 11
    Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Taye Ashby-Hammond
    SUB
  • 14
    Atli Andrason
    SUB
  • 15
    Mikolaj Kwietniewski
    SUB
  • 16
    Isaac Pearce
    SUB
  • 17
    Michael Elstone
    SUB

Manager

  • -

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: ALBION V FULHAM

21 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion under-23 coach Simon Rusk.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s welcome Fulham to the Checkatrade.com Stadium this evening, as they play their opening home fixture in the Premier League 2 Division 2, kick-off 7pm.

The Seagulls began their league season with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Norwich City in Norfolk last week, with Dessie Hutchinson and James Tilley scoring the goals to overturn a first-half deficit.

The Cottagers opened their account with a 2-1 defeat at home to Middlesbrough, but will draw confidence from their 3-3 draw against League One side Portsmouth in the Checkatrade Trophy on Wednesday.

Both sides collected three points from the two meetings last season, as Albion recorded their first victory of the season at the Amex, thanks to Joe Ward’s late goal, before Simon Rusk’s team were undone 4-0 in the reverse fixture.

With two games in the space of five days [Reading visit the Amex on Friday], and the possibility of Chris Hughton calling upon some of Rusk’s players for tomorrow night’s Carabao Cup game versus Barnet, the Albion under-23 coach could look to rotate his squad.

Steven Alzate was an unused substitute against Norwich last week, and the striker will be hoping to make his league debut for the Seagulls this evening, after scoring twice against Shoreham in pre-season.

Albion supporters can follow a live text commentary on the Match Centre this evening, with a match report also being published after the game.

ALBION (squad from): Sanchez, Collings, O’Sullivan, Moore, Cox, Collar, Hall, Kerr, Longman, Molumby, Hutchinson, Sanders, Mandroiu, Ajiboye, Tilley, Davies, Bjordal, Alzate, Connolly.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: ALBION 4 FULHAM 2

21 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Steven Alzate in action against Fulham this evening.
  • Seagulls went behind after two minutes to George Williams' penalty
  • Sean Kavanagh own goal makes it 1-1 before Danny Mandriou’s sublime strike for 2-1
  • Stephen Humphreys levels on half-time for Fulham
  • Steven Alzate and Josh Kerr in second half seal 4-2 victory

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s showed their resilience once again as they came from behind to defeat Fulham 4-2 and maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.
 
Simon Rusk’s side had already shown their ability to turn a losing position into a winning one during the 2-1 opening-day victory away at Norwich City, and within two minutes the Seagulls knew they would have to repeat that feat against the Cottagers.
 
George Williams was felled by Will Collar inside the box, and Fulham’s number 10 dusted himself down to convert the resulting spot-kick.
 
Headed chances for Jordan Davies, Danny Mandriou and Josh Kerr came and went, while Dessie Hutchinson saw an effort cleared off the line as the Seagulls began to turn the screw.
 
The pressure soon took its toll though, as Fulham’s Sean Kavanagh could only divert George Cox’s superb cross into his own net, and Danny Mandriou fired Albion into a 2-1 lead with an unstoppable strike from 25-yards.
 
Stephen Humphreys claimed the last touch as Fulham managed to level matters on the stroke of half-time but it was Rusk’s men that took control after the break.
 
Steven Alzate brilliantly flicked another excellent Cox cross into the net to put the Seagulls ahead just nine minutes into the second half, before Josh Kerr put the result beyond doubt with a close-range header.

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