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08 December 2017 Venue Motspur Park Attendance Referee Carl Brook

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Fulham PL2
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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Luca Ashby-Hammond
    GK
  • 2
    Moritz Jenz
    GK
  • 3
    Rafael Soares
    GK
  • 4
    Jayden Harris
    GK
  • 5
    Aron Davies (C)
    GK
  • 6
    Robert Atkinson
    GK
  • 7
    Mikolaj Kwietniewski
    GK
  • 8
    Mattias Kait
    GK
  • 9
    Elijah Adebayo
    GK
  • 10
    Michael Elstone
    GK
  • 11
    Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson
    GK

Substitutes

  • 12
    Julian Schwarzer
    SUB
  • 14
    Sean Kavanagh
    SUB
  • 15
    Atli Andreson
    SUB
  • 16
    Foday Nabay
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Peter Grant

4-2-3-1
  • 1
    Robert Sanchez
    GK
  • 2
    Tyler Forbes
    DF
  • 3
    George Cox
    DF
  • 4
    Will Collar
    MF
  • 5
    Connor Goldson
    DF
  • 6
    Ben Hall (C)
    DF
  • 7
    James Tilley
    MF
  • 8
    Max Sanders
    MF
  • 9
    Steven Alzate
    FW
  • 10
    Jamie Murphy
    MF
  • 11
    Jiri Skalak
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Henrik Bjordal
    SUB
  • 13
    Bailey Vose
    SUB
  • 14
    Ales Mateju
    SUB
  • 15
    Jordan Davies
    SUB
  • 16
    Soufyan Ahannach
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: FULHAM V ALBION

8 December 2017

Phil Greig
Dessie Hutchinson in action at the Bet365 Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s return to Premier League 2 Division 2 action against Fulham at Motspur Park this evening, kick-off 7pm.

Albion coach Simon Rusk will be hoping to see a reaction from his team after their 4-1 defeat to Exeter City in the Premier League Cup on Monday night.

In the Premier League 2 Division 2, however, the Seagulls are unbeaten in their last five matches, including back-to-back away victories against Southampton and Stoke City.

A 1-1 home draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers came in their last league outing, with consecutive 2-2 draws against Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough making up the remainder of their unbeaten streak.

The Cottagers claimed a 4-0 win at Motspur Park last season, while the Seagulls sealed all three points with a narrow 1-0 victory in the meeting at the Amex Stadium.

Rusk’s team can leapfrog tonight’s opponents with victory in London, as they currently sit two points and just one place behind Fulham in the league table.

Peter Grant’s team boast an impressive recent record in the league, winning their last five matches - scoring 15 goals along the way.

Albion supporters can follow a live text blog from tonight’s match on the Match Centre, with a match report published after the game.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: FULHAM 1 ALBION 1

8 December 2017

Sylvester George
Albion's under-23s in action against Fulham at Motspur Park.
  • Albion draw 1-1 with Fulham at Motspur Park
  • Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson gives the hosts the lead
  • Max Sanders levels for Albion in the second half
  • The Seagulls are now six games unbeaten in the league

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s came from behind to extend their unbeaten streak in the Premier League 2 Division 2 to six games, as they drew 1-1 with Fulham at Motspur Park this evening.

A wonderful strike from Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson just before half-time put the hosts in front, but after a positive second-half display from the Seagulls, Max Sanders found the bottom corner with a cool finish to secure another point away from home.

Simon Rusk called upon first-team players Connor Goldson, Jamie Murphy and Jiri Skalak at Fulham’s training ground, while Robert Sanchez made a return from injury between the sticks.

There was little in terms of goalmouth action inside the opening ten minutes of the game, with a George Cox cross cleared at the back post before Tyler Forbes intervened to prevent Fulham getting a shot away up the other end.

Goldson was needed when a Rafael Soares cross caused trouble inside Albion’s penalty area, as the Albion defender got to a loose ball and swept up after Sanchez was unable to gather.

Michael Elstone came close to giving his side the lead when his hanging cross worked its way towards goal, but Sanchez was pleased to see the striker’s misplaced cross clip the crossbar and go behind.
 
Albion’s Spanish goalkeeper then made a remarkable fingertip save from Thorsteinsson’s effort which looked destined for the top corner, before Alzate almost got on the end of Cox’s low cross for the Seagulls.

But on the stroke of half-time Sanchez could do nothing to stop Thorsteinsson’s next effort, as the Fulham winger picked out the top corner with a sublime effort to give the Cottagers a 1-0 lead at the break.

Elijah Adebayo tried adding another for Fulham soon after the re-start but Sanchez comfortably claimed, before Skalak fired a powerful effort into the hands of Luca Ashby-Hammond from 25 yards.

The Czech then curled a free-kick just wide of the Fulham shot-stopper’s right-hand post, as the Seagulls enjoyed a dominant spell in the second half as they continued to look for an equaliser.

Their pressure told in the 79th minute when the ball found its way to Sanders on the edge of Fulham’s penalty area, and the midfielder picked out the bottom corner to deservedly pull Albion level.

A Thorsteinsson cross caused chaos inside Albion’s six-yard box in the closing stages, but Sanchez managed to claw the winger’s looping delivery away from goal, and that proved the final piece of action at Motspur Park.

ALBION: Sanchez; Forbes (Mateju 46), Goldson, Hall, Cox; Sanders, Collar; Tilley (Bjordal 64), Murphy, Skalak (Ahannach 75); Alzate.

Subs not used: Vose (GK), J.Davies

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