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27 November 2017 Venue Checkatrade.com Stadium Attendance Referee Adrian Quelch

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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2
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Wolverhampton Wanderers PL2

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

Substitutes

  • 12
    Josh Kerr
    SUB
  • 13
    Bailey Vose
    SUB
  • 14
    Ales Mateju
    SUB
  • 15
    Jordan Davies
    SUB
  • 16
    James Tilley
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

4-4-2
  • 1
    Jack Ruddy
    GK
  • 2
    Oskar Buur
    DF
  • 3
    Anthony Breslin
    DF
  • 4
    Elliot Watt
    MF
  • 5
    Ben Goodliffe
    DF
  • 6
    Cameron John
    DF
  • 7
    Michael John
    MF
  • 8
    Pedro Goncalves (C)
    MF
  • 9
    Jose Xavier
    FW
  • 10
    Christian Herc
    FW
  • 11
    Aaron Collins
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Hakeem Odoffin
    SUB
  • 13
    Harry Beasley
    SUB
  • 14
    Ross Finnie
    SUB
  • 15
    Ming-Yang Yang
    SUB
  • 16
    Dan Armstrong
    SUB
  • 17
    Benny Ashley-Seal
    SUB

Manager

  • -

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: ALBION V WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

27 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion under-23 midfielder Max Sanders.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Checkatrade.com Stadium this evening, kick-off 7pm, as they look to record a hat-trick of victories in the Premier League 2 Division 2.

The Seagulls came back from two goals down to beat Stoke City 3-2 at the Bet365 Stadium last time out, with Max Sanders, Aaron Connolly and Jayson Molumby hitting the back of the net in the second half.

Prior to their comeback victory in Staffordshire, Albion sealed a narrow 1-0 win over Southampton on the road, as Connolly came off the bench to score the winning goal against the Saints.

Simon Rusk’s team currently occupy sixth position in the league table, and sit just three points behind Fulham who find themselves in the final play-off spot.

Wolves put an end to a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 home victory over Norwich City in their previous fixture, and the West Midlands club can move level on points with the Seagulls with a win in Sussex tonight.

Rusk’s side have yet to lose at the Checkatrade.com Stadium this season, as they beat Fulham 4-2 and drew 0-0 against Newcastle United.

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

Please note that tickets for tonight’s game cannot be booked in advance, and can only be purchased at the turnstiles.

Albion season-ticket holders can gain free access to the game by showing their season cards at the turnstiles.

Otherwise, prices are set at £5 for adults and £2 for over-65s and under-16s.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: ALBION 1 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 1

27 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Steven Alzate tussles for the ball against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
  • The Seagulls draw to extend unbeaten league run to five games
  • Will Collar breaks the deadlock for Albion
  • Pedro Goncalves levels for the visitors in the closing stages
  • Albion travel to Exeter City in the Premier League Cup next Monday


Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s were denied a third successive league victory as Wolverhampton Wanderers struck in the closing stages to make it 1-1 at the Checkatrade.com Stadium this evening.


After an hour of evenly-contested football between the sides, Will Collar struck from close range to put Albion ahead - but Pedro Goncalves’s fine finish ten minutes from time secured a share of the spoils for the visitors.

Aaron Connolly had Albion’s first change of the game after just four minutes, but the Irishman’s first-time shot from inside the penalty area was deflected behind off Ben Goodliffe.

The visitors then enjoyed a good spell of possession and created a handful of chances to take the lead, but Aaron Collins failed to test Christian Walton significantly, as he fired a low shot into the goalkeeper's hands.

Christian Herc tried his luck from 25 yards but the attacker’s powerful shot was blocked in front of goal, before Michael John sliced wide of the target after breaking forward and rounding Walton inside the penalty area.

Rusk’s team enjoyed their fair share of possession and came close to breaking the deadlock when George Cox delivered a teasing ball across the face of goal, but Henrik Bjordal’s first-time connection went just wide.

Collins continued to look lively for the West Midlanders as he surged through the spine of Albion’s team before the break, but his low-driven effort was easily claimed by Walton to his left-hand side.

The Seagulls made a positive start to the second half, with Soufyan Ahannach firing just over the crossbar from 25 yards, before Bjordal glanced a header narrowly wide of the target from close range.

Connolly then cut inside onto his right foot and drilled a low shot into the hands of Ruddy, and when Jose Xavier looked destined to score up the other end, the striker fired over from Burr’s dangerous cross into the six-yard box.

But Albion broke the deadlock through Will Collar in the 64th minute, as the 20-year-old, who played in central defence, lashed home from inside the penalty area, after Ahannach’s free-kick delivery wasn’t dealt with by Wolves.

Connolly almost doubled Albion’s lead soon afterwards, as he showed great strength to hold off his marker and race in behind, but the forward’s powerful effort was parried away from goal by Ruddy.

Xavier arrived late in Albion’s box and looked to be getting on the end of a inswinging cross, but Collar intercepted with a vital touch that enabled Walton to punch clear and cancel out the danger.

The visitors continued to press for an equaliser and they got their reward in the 80th minute, as Goncalves beat Walton with a smart, first-time finish from Herc’s brilliant lofted pass over Albion’s defensive line.

Ales Mateju fizzed a dangerous cross into the box in the dying stages but no Albion player was able to connect, and time ran out on both sides, meaning Rusk's team had to settle for a point in Sussex.

ALBION: Walton; Forbes, Collar, Hall, Cox; Sanders, Hutchinson; Alzate (Alzate 76), Bjordal (Tilley 65), Ahannach; Connolly.

SUBS NOT USED: Vose (GK), Kerr, J.Davies.

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