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04 December 2017 Venue St James Park Attendance Referee Adam Bromley

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Exeter City U23
4 - 1
FT
Brighton and Hove Albion PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    James Hamon
    GK
  • 3
    Craig Woodman
    DF
  • 6
    Jordan Tillson
    MF
  • 20
    Matt Jay (C)
    FW
  • 24
    Alex Byrne
    MF
  • 27
    Archie Collins
    MF
  • 28
    Kyle Edwards
    MF
  • 31
    Jack Sparkes
    MF
  • 36
    Kyle Egan
    DF
  • 37
    Toby Down
    DF
  • 38
    Jordan Storey
    DF

Substitutes

  • 18
    Dan Seaborne
    SUB
  • 26
    Joel Randall
    SUB
  • 34
    Alex Hartridge
    SUB
  • 35
    Ben Seymour
    SUB
  • 41
    Will Dean
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Matt Taylor

4-2-3-1
  • 1
    Bailey Vose
    GK
  • 2
    Ales Mateju
    DF
  • 3
    Tyler Forbes
    DF
  • 4
    Dessie Hutchinson (C)
    MF
  • 5
    Ben Hall
    DF
  • 6
    Josh Kerr
    DF
  • 7
    James Tilley
    MF
  • 8
    Will Collar
    MF
  • 9
    Henrik Bjordal
    FW
  • 10
    Max Sanders
    MF
  • 11
    Jordan Davies
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    George Cox
    SUB
  • 13
    Billy Collings
    SUB
  • 14
    Archie Davies
    SUB
  • 15
    Steven Alzate
    SUB
  • 16
    Soufyan Ahannach
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: EXETER CITY V ALBION

4 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion full-back Tyler Forbes.

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s return to Premier League Cup action against Exeter City at St James Park this evening, kick-off 7pm.

The Seagulls sit second in Group H after an impressive 5-0 victory in their opening fixture at Sunderland, before losing 3-2 to Hull City in their second game.

The Grecians also have three points after two games, having won 2-0 against Hull before a 2-1 loss to Sunderland in the north east.

Simon Rusk’s team can return to the top of Group H on goal difference with victory in Devon, and the Seagulls are in fine form after going five games unbeaten in the Premier League 2 Division 2.

Albion drew 1-1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the league last time out, but an impressive 3-2 victory at Stoke City came beforehand, as they bounced back from two goals down to claim all three points.

Supporters can follow a live text blog from St James Park on the Match Centre this evening, with a match report to be published after the game.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: EXETER CITY 4 ALBION 1

4 December 2017

Henrik Bjordal in action at St James Park.
  • Albion are beaten for a second time in the Premier League Cup
  • Matt Jay gives Exeter City the lead
  • Henrik Bjordal replies for the Seagulls
  • Tyler Forbes (og), Kyle Egan and Jay secure victory in second half


Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s were beaten 4-1 by Exeter City this evening, as the Grecians claimed all three points to go top of Group H in the Premier League Cup.

Henrik Bjordal pulled a goal back for Simon Rusk’s team to make it 1-1, but a brace from Matt Jay, an unfortunate Tyler Forbes own goal and another from Kyle Egan made the difference at St James Park.

The hosts forced Bailey Vose into action after just six minutes, with Alex Byrne drilling a low shot on target from inside the penalty area, which the Albion shot-stopper saved well with his feet.

Grecians skipper Jay was next to try his luck as he swivelled and shot from just inside the penalty area, but the striker’s tame effort was comfortably gathered by Vose.

But Vose could do nothing about Jay’s next attempt, as the striker shifted the ball onto his right foot and drilled a low shot into the bottom corner to give Exeter the lead on 15 minutes.

The hosts continued to cause problems for Rusk’s team and Vose was called into action again when the number one made a fine save to tip Jay’s close-range header over the crossbar.

Jordan Davies came close to levelling with Albion’s first notable chance of the game, but the winger’s back-post header from Forbes’s cross was parried away from goal by James Hamon.

Davies and Max Sanders both went close with efforts, but neither could hit the target from inside the penalty area, but Albion’s pressure towards the end of the half told in the 40th minute.

Bjordal was sent racing through on goal after latching onto a searching pass, and the Norwegian slammed home on the half-volley to level the game shortly before the break.

Albion made a positive start to the second half and almost took the lead when James Tilley cut inside and fired the ball beyond Hamon - but Egan made an excellent goal line clearance to deny the Seagulls.

Exeter then went straight up the other end and had a shot of their own cleared off the goal line, with Forbes coming to Albion’s rescue as he blocked a ferocious strike from Jack Sparkes.

But Forbes’s fortune swung in the other direction minutes later when the full-back’s defensive header from a Sparkes free-kick looped into the top corner to put the hosts in front on 56 minutes.

George Cox and Soufyan Ahannach were brought on to freshen things up for the Seagulls, and the latter tested Hamon with a right-footed strike moments after Bjordal found himself through on goal but delayed his shot.

The Grecians extended their lead in the 78th minute when Egan lost his marker on the edge of Albion's penalty area and fired a composed effort into the bottom corner to make it 3-1.

Rusk’s team found themselves another goal down just four minutes later, and it was Jay who bagged his brace for the hosts, volleying home from close range to round off the scoring at St James Park.

ALBION: Vose; Mateju (Cox 61), Hall, Kerr, Forbes; Collar, Hutchinson; Tilley, Sanders, J.Davies (Ahannach 61); Bjordal (Alzate 79).

SUBS NOT USED: Collings (GK), A.Davies.

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