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19 January 2018 Venue The Amex Elite Football Performance Centre Attendance Referee Sam Purkiss

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Brighton and Hove Albion PL2
3 - 1
FT
Sunderland PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Niki Maenpaa
    GK
  • 2
    Ales Mateju
    DF
  • 3
    George Cox
    DF
  • 4
    Dessie Hutchinson (C)
    MF
  • 5
    Ben Hall
    DF
  • 6
    Tom Dallison
    DF
  • 7
    Tyler Forbes
    MF
  • 8
    Jiri Skalak
    MF
  • 9
    Viktor Gyokeres
    FW
  • 10
    Aaron Connolly
    FW
  • 11
    Max Sanders
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Jordan Davies
    SUB
  • 13
    Billy Collings
    SUB
  • 14
    Archie Davies
    SUB
  • 15
    Henrik Bjordal
    SUB
  • 16
    Steven Alzate
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

4-4-2
  • 1
    Max Stryjek
    GK
  • 2
    Josh Robson
    DF
  • 3
    Denver Hume (C)
    DF
  • 4
    Owen Gamble
    MF
  • 5
    Brandon Taylor
    DF
  • 6
    Alex Storey
    DF
  • 7
    Jack Diamond
    MF
  • 8
    Elliot Embleton
    MF
  • 9
    Lee Connelly
    FW
  • 10
    Benji Kimpioka
    FW
  • 11
    Jake Hackett
    GK

Substitutes

  • 12
    Jacob Young
    SUB
  • 13
    Michael Woud
    SUB
  • 14
    Chris Allan
    SUB
  • 15
    Sam Brotherton
    SUB
  • 16
    Williams Kokolo
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Elliott Dickman

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: ALBION V SUNDERLAND

19 January 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Will Collar in action for Albion's under-23s.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s return to Premier League Cup action at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre this evening, as Sunderland visit the south coast, kick-off 7pm.

The Seagulls sit third in Group H after three games, but a win against the Black Cats this evening will move Simon Rusk’s team level on points with their north-east opponents, who currently occupy second spot on goal difference.

Albion recorded their only victory in the group stage against Sunderland when they visited the Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground in September, as they produced a dazzling display to win the game 5-0.

Braces from Steven Alzate and Max Sanders opened up a 4-0 lead for the Seagulls, before James Tilley rounded off the scoring to leave Albion top of Group H after the opening round of fixtures.

Defeats to Hull City and Exeter City have followed, and Albion now have three games to produce the points needed to seal their progression to the knockout stages of the competition.

In the Premier League 2 Division 2, Albion’s seven-game unbeaten run came to an end against Reading at the Madejski Stadium last time out, with a 95th-minute penalty denying Rusk’s men a share of the spoils.

Albion supporters can follow a live text commentary from the game on the Match Centre, with a match report also being published after the full-time whistle.

Tickets for the match have now gone off sale, meaning supporters will be unable to purchase tickets at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre this evening.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: ALBION 3 SUNDERLAND 1

19 January 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Albion's players celebrate after Jiri Skalak's opener.
  • Albion record their second victory in the Premier League Cup
  • Jiri Skalak and Viktor Gyokeres on target for the Seagulls
  • Josh Robson’s own goal makes it 3-0
  • Niki Maenpaa plays the full 90 minutes

Brighton & Hove Albion recorded their second victory in the Premier League Cup after a 3-1 win over Sunderland at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.

Goals from Jiri Skalak and Viktor Gyokeres, alongside Josh Robson’s own goal gave the Seagulls all three points.

Albion worked an opening inside the first two minutes, as Gyokeres cut inside from the left and saw his subsequent shot cannon off the crossbar.

Sunderland had a chance of their own just moments later, when Brandon Taylor forced Niki Maenpaa into a fine two-handed save.

Rusk’s side pressed forward again through Aaron Connolly, who forced Sunderland keeper Max Stryjek into a fine save, before Skalak fired wide from the resulting corner.

But Skalak broke the deadlock with 17 minutes played, after he was picked out by Gyokeres and clinically dispatched his strike beyond Stryjek in the Black Cats goal.

Albion continued their commanding first-half display, and Tyler Forbes showed good vision to pick Connolly at the near post, but Stryjek claimed the ball.

Sunderland struggled to make inroads into the match, but engineered a good chance themselves when Jake Hackett picked out Lee Connelley at the end of a slick move, only to be denied by Maenpaa’s fine save.

The Seagulls were dealt an injury blow shortly towards the interval though, as Dessie Hutchinson was replaced by Archie Davies.

But Albion ended the half on a high and made their dominance count with a second goal thanks to Gyokeres, who curled an unstoppable drive past Stryjek in first-half stoppage time.

Rusk’s side continued were they left off after the break, as Max Sanders played in an excellent through ball to Connolly, but Stryjek was on hand to thwart the latter.

Sanders was involved in the thick of the action again after he took advantage of some space inside the box, however his effort was deflected wide of the far post.

Albion added a third though just shy of the hour mark, as a cross from Gyokeres was diverted into his own net by Robson.

The Black Cats looked for a way back into the contest, and Denver Hume made a promising run down the left only to his see his wayward shot go wide.

The visitors did get themselves on the scoresheet from the penalty spot, when Tom Dallison was penalised for a handball inside the box and Embleton fired in the spot-kick, despite Maenpaa guessing the right way.

Connolly had yet another opportunity late on to get his name on the scoresheet, but his low drive was save by Stryjek and the game ended 3-1.

ALBION: Maenpaa; Mateju, Hall, Dallison, Cox; Forbes (Bjordal 60), Hutchinson (A Davies 43), Skalak, Sanders; Gyokeres (Alzate 87), Connolly.

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

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