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18 December 2017 Venue Checkatrade.com Stadium Attendance Referee Adam Penwell

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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2
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Norwich City PL2

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4-2-3-1
  • 1
    Robert Sanchez
    GK
  • 2
    Ales Mateju
    DF
  • 3
    George Cox
    DF
  • 4
    Dessie Hutchinson (C)
    MF
  • 5
    Will Collar
    DF
  • 6
    Ben Hall
    DF
  • 7
    Henrik Bjordal
    MF
  • 8
    Max Sanders
    MF
  • 9
    Aaron Connolly
    FW
  • 10
    Steven Alzate
    MF
  • 11
    Soufyan Ahannach
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Owen Moore
    SUB
  • 13
    Bailey Vose
    SUB
  • 14
    Josh Kerr
    SUB
  • 15
    Archie Davies
    SUB
  • 16
    David Ajiboye
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

4-4-2
  • 1
    Aston Oxborough
    GK
  • 2
    Max Aarons
    DF
  • 3
    Bilal Kamal
    DF
  • 4
    Louis Lomas
    MF
  • 5
    Owen Wallis
    DF
  • 6
    Adam Phillips (C)
    DF
  • 7
    Pierre Fonkeu
    MF
  • 8
    Devonte Aransibia
    MF
  • 9
    Tristan Abrahams
    FW
  • 10
    Adam Idah
    FW
  • 11
    Todd Cantwell
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Emersson Mututala-Sambu
    SUB
  • 13
    Ryan Dickerson
    SUB
  • 14
    Kieran Higgs
    SUB
  • 15
    Alfie Payne
    SUB
  • 16
    Alan Fleming
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Mathew Gill

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: ALBION V NORWICH CITY

18 December 2017

Kieran Cleeves
Albion defender Ben Hall.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s welcome Norwich City to the Checkatrade.com Stadium this evening, kick-off 7pm - as they look to record a Premier League 2 Division 2 double over the Canaries.

The Seagulls are six games unbeaten in the league, most recently drawing 1-1 against Fulham on the road - before their Parafix Sussex Senior Cup game versus Haywards Heath Town was postponed last week.

Albion beat Norwich on the first day of the season, winning 2-1 at their Colney Training Ground, as second-half goals from Dessie Hutchinson and James Tilley overturned a 1-0 deficit.

Simon Rusk’s team currently occupy sixth position in the league table, but a victory over the Canaries would lift them into the play-off spots over the Christmas period.

Norwich head to Sussex on the back of an impressive 1-0 win over leaders Middlesbrough, but Mathew Gill’s team, who sit tenth in the league, lost their previous three games and are yet to win on the road this season.

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

Season-ticket holders can gain free entry to the Checkatrade.com Stadium this evening on presentation of their season card, and prices for non-season ticket holders are as follows:

Adults £5
Under-16 £2
65+ £2

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

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: ALBION 1 NORWICH CITY 1

18 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Will Collar tussles for the ball against Norwich City.
  • Albion claim a point at home to Norwich City
  • Owen Wallis heads the Canaries in front
  • Steven Alzate replies for the Seagulls
  • Simon Rusk’s team are seven league games unbeaten

Brighton & Hove & Hove Albion’s under-23s extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League 2 Division 2 to seven games, as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with Norwich City at the Checkatrade.com Stadium this evening.

Owen Wallis headed the visitors in front after the break, and after creating numerous chances in front of goal, the Seagulls hit back through Steven Alzate to claim a share of the spoils in Sussex.

It was a fairly uneventful start to the game, as both teams searched for more quality inside the final third of the pitch, with the majority of play switching between halves without causing any danger.

The visitors had a claim for a penalty after 15 minutes when Adam Phillips attempted a square pass across Albion’s 18-yard box, and despite Norwich’s calls for a penalty after the ball struck Will Collar, the referee waved on play.

Soufyan Ahannach ran onto the ball and drilled a low shot towards goal for Albion, but the Dutchman’s tame, goal-bound effort was blocked on the edge of Norwich’s penalty area.

Ben Hall then made an important block from Todd Cantwell’s close-range strike, before Robert Sanchez made a comfortable save to deny Adam Idah after the striker found himself one-on-one with Albion’s Spanish shot-stopper.

Alzate and Henrik Bjordal both had efforts shortly before the break, with the former drilling a shot straight at Canaries goalkeeper Aston Oxborough, before Albion’s Norwegian winger fired over the crossbar from a tight angle.

Just five minutes after the teams came back out for the second half, the Seagulls found themselves behind when Wallis powerfully headed home from Cantwell’s corner.

Soon after the hour mark, Aaron Connolly had two great chances to level the game, but Oxborough made a smart save low down before the Irishman’s second attempt crashed back off the post from close range.

But the Seagulls found their equalising goal inside the next minute, as Ahannach rolled the ball back for Alzate in the penalty, and the forward showed composure to pick out the bottom corner and make it 1-1.

George Cox almost put his team in front as he surged down the wing and unleashed a left-footed shot, but the full-back’s powerful effort came back off the crossbar from an acute angle.

Max Sanders then saw a long-range effort drop just wide of the post, before Ahannach curled a free-kick inches wide of the target, as Albion pushed for a late winner.

But Simon Rusk’s side ran out of time and had to settle for a point, as they continued to show how tough they are to beat in the Premier League 2 Division 2, going into the Christmas break.

ALBION: Sanchez; Mateju, Collar, Hall, Cox; Sanders, Hutchinson; Bjordal (A.Davies 74), Alzate, Ahannach; Connolly.

Subs not used: Vose (GK), Kerr, Moore, Ajiboye.

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