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16 February 2018 Venue Leyland County Ground Attendance Referee Kai Man SO

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Blackburn Rovers PL2
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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Jayson Leutwiler
    GK
  • 2
    Charley Doyle
    DF
  • 3
    Jack Evans
    DF
  • 4
    Willem Tomlinson
    MF
  • 5
    Tyler Magloire
    DF
  • 6
    Joe Grayson
    DF
  • 7
    Lewis Travis
    MF
  • 8
    Lewis Hardcastle (C)
    MF
  • 9
    Joe Nuttall
    FW
  • 10
    Daniel Butterworth
    FW
  • 11
    John Buckley
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Hayden Carter
    SUB
  • 13
    Charlie Albinson
    SUB
  • 14
    Jack Vale
    SUB
  • 15
    Okera Simmonds
    SUB
  • 16
    Lewis Mansell
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    David Dunn

4-4-2
  • 1
    Robert Sanchez
    GK
  • 2
    Tyler Forbes
    DF
  • 3
    George Cox
    DF
  • 4
    Jordan Davies
    MF
  • 5
    Owen Moore
    DF
  • 6
    Tom Dallison (C)
    DF
  • 7
    James Tilley
    MF
  • 8
    Steven Alzate
    MF
  • 9
    Viktor Gyokeres
    FW
  • 10
    Aaron Connolly
    FW
  • 11
    Henrik Bjordal
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Josh Kerr
    SUB
  • 13
    Billy Collings
    SUB
  • 14
    Ales Mateju
    SUB
  • 15
    Alex Cochrane
    SUB
  • 16
    Danny Cashman
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: BLACKBURN ROVERS V ALBION

16 February 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Viktor Gyokeres in training for Albion's under-23s.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s will be looking to continue their fine form of late, when they play Blackburn Rovers at the Leyland County Ground in the Premier League 2 Division 2 this evening, kick-off 7pm.

The Seagulls have won five consecutive games in all competitions, including three successive clean sheets in their victories over Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Hull City.

The run began with a 3-1 victory against Sunderland in the Premier League Cup, before another 3-1 win against Whitehawk to secure a place in the semi-final of the Parafix Sussex Senior Cup.

Simon Rusk’s men returned to league action and took three points from Newcastle in a 2-0 success, before sealing back-to-back wins with a convincing 3-0 victory over Aston Villa at home.

Albion were awarded three penalties in their 3-0 win over Hull in the Premier League Cup, with George Cox and Aaron Connolly both finding the back of the net, either side of Steven Alzate’s follow-up from a saved spot-kick.

But for Rusk’s team to extend their winning run, they’ll have to become only the second team to beat Blackburn in the league this season, as the Lancashire club occupy top spot in the division.

Rovers are 11 league games without defeat, winning their previous three fixtures to maintain their position as league leaders after 15 matches played.

The reverse fixture between the clubs finished 2-2 at the Amex Stadium back in October, with Beram Kayal and James Tilley twice equalising for the Seagulls after two goals from Joe Nutall.

Albion sit just two points outside the play-off positions with a game in-hand over fifth-placed Fulham - meaning victory for Rusk’s side could push them into the top five as the season nears completion.

Supporters can follow a live text blog from this evening’s game at the Leyland County Ground on the Match Centre, with a match report being published after the full-time whistle.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: BLACKBURN ROVERS 0 ALBION 2

16 February 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Viktor Gyokeres in action for Albion's under-23s.
  • Albion seal impressive 2-0 away win over Blackburn Rovers
  • Viktor Gyokeres and James Tilley score the goals
  • The Seagulls make it six straight victories and four successive clean sheets
  • Simon Rusk’s team move into the play-off positions


Brighton & Hove Albion produced a stunning performance to record their sixth consecutive victory against the Premier League 2 Division 2 league leaders, as they ran out 2-0 winners at the Leyland County Ground.

An audacious strike from Viktor Gyokeres gave the Seagulls an early lead, before James Tilley doubled his team’s advantage from close range, which provided the platform for a commanding display in Lancashire.

Simon Rusk’s side also made it four consecutive clean sheets, a hat-trick of league victories and moved into the play-off positions on a positive evening against David Dunn’s high-flying team.

Rusk made two changes to the side that beat Aston Villa last time out, with Gyokeres and Aaron Connolly coming into the side for Alex Cochrane and Max Sanders.

Connolly almost found himself through on goal when Steven Alzate threaded a pass into the striker’s feet early on, but the Irishman’s first touch got away from him and Rovers goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler came to sweep up.

The hosts recorded their first effort of the game when Willem Tomlinson drilled towards goal from 25 yards - and with the midfielder’s strike heading towards the far corner, Robert Sanchez leaped across his goal to make a fine stop.

Then came the game’s first moment of real quality, and it was Gyokeres who took hold of the ball and whipped a majestic effort into the top corner from 25 yards to give Albion the lead on 15 minutes.

Things got even better for Rusk’s young side seven minutes later - Tilley found himself on the end of Henrik Bjordal’s excellent cross, and the Albion winger fired home from close range to double his team’s advantage.

Joe Nuttall attempted to halve the deficit soon afterwards, when the ball fell kindly for the striker inside Albion’s penalty area, but his ferocious strike was blocked by Tom Dallison, who dived in front of the shot.

Tomlinson and Daniel Butterworth then wasted opportunities for the Lancashire side, before Tilley’s dangerous ball across the face of goal went untouched on the stroke of half-time.

Rovers defender Joe Grayson tested Sanchez at the beginning of the second period, as he curled a free-kick at goal from 25 yards, before Nuttall fluffed his lines to roll just wide of the target from close range.

Tilley came agonisingly close to securing a brace just after the hour mark, but the 19-year-old’s powerful shot from Jordan Davies’s square pass was brilliantly diverted over the crossbar by Leutwiler.

Owen Moore swapped his defensive duties for a rare strike at goal from long distance, but Leutwiler pushed his effort wide of the target and then watched Tilley blaze wide after being played in by Gyokeres.

Play was then paused after Sanchez was involved in a collision inside the penalty area, and after receiving treatment, the Spaniard left the field of play and was replaced by Billy Collings for the final stages.

The Seagulls switched to five at the back for the remaining minutes, with Josh Kerr slotting in alongside Moore and Tom Dallison, as Rusk looked to sure things up and see out the game for a deserved victory.

The hosts pushed for a late consolation but were unable to break down Albion’s stubborn defence, and the referee blew the full-time whistle to make Rusk’s side only the second team to beat Rovers in the league this season.

ALBION: Sanchez (Collings 81); Forbes, Moore, Dallison, Cox; Tilley (Kerr 87), J.Davies, Alzate, Bjordal; Gyokeres, Connolly.

Subs not used: Mateju, Cochrane, Cashman.

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