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25 August 2017 Venue Amex Stadium Attendance Referee Christopher O'Donnell

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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2
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Reading PL2

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4-2-3-1
  • 1
    Billy Collings
    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
    Aaron Connolly
    SUB
  • 13
    Tom McGill
    SUB
  • 14
    James Tilley
    SUB
  • 15
    David Ajiboye
    SUB
  • 16
    Owen Moore
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

4-4-2
  • 1
    George Legg
    GK
  • 2
    Tom Holmes
    DF
  • 3
    Gabriel Osho (C)
    DF
  • 4
    Andre Burley
    MF
  • 5
    Ramarni Medford-Smith
    DF
  • 6
    Ryan East
    DF
  • 7
    Tyler Frost
    MF
  • 8
    Jordan Holsgrove
    MF
  • 9
    Ben House
    FW
  • 10
    Danny Loader
    FW
  • 11
    Josh Barrett
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Joel Rollinson
    SUB
  • 13
    Liam Driscoll
    SUB
  • 14
    Ade Shokunbi
    SUB
  • 15
    Teddy Howe
    SUB
  • 16
    Olutoyosi Olusanya
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Michael Gilkes

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: ALBION V READING

25 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Ben Hall in action for Albion's under-23s.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s will be looking to continue their fine start to the season against Reading at the Amex this evening, as they search for their third consecutive victory, kick-off 7pm.

The Seagulls are fourth in the Premier League 2 Division 2 after back-to-back wins, however the Royals are yet to record a point this season, after losing 4-0 and 5-3 in their opening couple of games.

Simon Rusk’s team began with a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Norwich City, before getting the better of Fulham at the Checkatrade.com Stadium, when Albion ran out 4-2 winners in an entertaining game.

Five different players have found the back of the net for the Seagulls, with the other being an own goal, and Rusk will be hoping for a continued showing of creativity in front of goal this evening.

Tonight’s match will be Albion’s first meeting with one of the teams that were relegated from the Premier League 2 Division 1 last season, with them also coming up against Southampton at the end of October.

After featuring for the first team in midweek, James Tilley, who scored his first senior goal, Jayson Molumby and Aaron Connolly could all come back into contention for Rusk’s under-23 team.

Albion supporters can still secure their tickets for tonight’s game, with the game priced at £5 for adults, £2 for under-16s/over-65s and free for season-ticket holders.

All supporters should select the print-at-home option when buying their ticket online at seagullstickets.com, and there is also free parking at Bennett’s Field car park.

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

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: ALBION 1 READING 2

25 August 2017

Bennett Dean
Albion's under-23s were beaten by Reading at the Amex.
  • Albion’s unbeaten start ended by Reading
  • Steven Alzate cancels out Josh Barrett’s opener
  • Jordan Holsgrove scores from 25 yards in the final minute
  • The Seagulls travel to MK Dons in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s fell to their first defeat of the season, after Reading scored in the dying stages to snatch a 2-1 win at the Amex this evening.

The Seagulls had drawn level through Steven Alzate after Josh Barrett gave the Royals a first-half lead, but Jordan Holsgrove struck from long distance in the 90th minute to secure maximum points.

Albion coach Simon Rusk made just one change to the starting line-up that beat Fulham 4-2 on Monday evening, as Billy Collings replaced Robert Sanchez between the sticks.

Barrett created the first opportunity of the game, as the Reading winger cut inside and pulled the trigger from just outside the box, but his curling effort fell the wrong side the top corner.

George Cox then tried his luck after surging towards the penalty area, however the lively full-back’s low-driven effort skimmed across the surface and narrowly missed the target.

The visitors took the lead in the 14th minute when Barrett cut inside off the left flank again, before picking out the bottom corner with a powerful right-footed strike.

Just like their opening two games of the season, Albion would have to come from behind to get a result, and Max Sanders looked for an instant response, but his 20-yard strike sailed straight into the hands of Reading goalkeeper George Legg.

Collings was then called into action at the other end, as he saved from Andre Burley’s close-range effort, before Jordan Davies tested Legg with a low effort after a swift break from the Seagulls.

The winger left the field with an injury moments later, after he landed awkwardly after heading wide of the target from Will Collar’s delivery from the right wing, meaning James Tilley was introduced to the action.

Albion knew an improved second-half performance was needed to overturn Reading’s narrow lead, and Rusk’s team managed just that as they drew level on 56 minutes, when Alzate poked home from Collar’s excellent cross into the penalty area.

Collar then went in search of a second goal, as the momentum swung in Albion’s direction, but Legg was equal to the full-back’s right-footed effort, which lacked the power and precision needed to beat the Royals shot-stopper.

Rusk’s side survived a scare with just ten minutes remaining, when Danny Loader beat Collings to the ball from just a matter of yards, however the striker’s shot rolled across the face of goal.

Connolly had a shot deflected just wide of the target in the closing stages, before Josh Kerr’s back-post header was cleared off the line and Collings made a fine one-handed save to deny Loader’s stinging effort.

But just as four minutes of stoppage time went up, Reading delivered a late sucker punch, as Holsgrove found the top corner with a swerving strike from 25 yards, to snatch all three points and end Albion’s unbeaten start.

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Ticket News

U23 READING MATCH TICKETS ON SALE

16 August 2017

Tickets for Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s’ match against Reading at the American Express Community Stadium, are on sale now.

The match takes place on Friday 25th August, kick-off 7pm, and tickets are now available on seagullstickets.com.

The prices are as follows:
£5 for adults
£2 for under-16s/over-65s
Free for Albion season-ticket holders

Please note that tickets will only be available online, and not via the Albion Booking Line or in person at the ticket office.

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