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18 November 2017 Venue bet365 Stadium Attendance Referee Adrian Arndt

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Stoke City PL2
2 - 3
FT
Brighton and Hove Albion PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Josef Bursik
    GK
  • 2
    Lewis Banks
    DF
  • 3
    Cameron McJannet
    DF
  • 4
    Lasse Sorensen
    MF
  • 5
    Harry Souttar (C)
    DF
  • 6
    James Butler
    DF
  • 7
    Thibaud Verlinden
    MF
  • 8
    Oliver Shenton
    MF
  • 9
    Tyrese Campbell
    FW
  • 10
    Daniel Jarvis
    FW
  • 11
    Ryan Hill
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Tre Pemberton
    SUB
  • 13
    Daniel Gyollai
    SUB
  • 14
    Shola Ayoola
    SUB
  • 15
    Jack Devlin
    SUB
  • 16
    Luis Da Silva
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Glyn Hodges

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

Substitutes

  • 12
    Owen Moore
    SUB
  • 13
    Bailey Vose
    SUB
  • 14
    Josh Kerr
    SUB
  • 15
    David Ajiboye
    SUB
  • 16
    Jordan Davies
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: STOKE CITY V ALBION

18 November 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion under-23 striker Aaron Connolly.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s come up against Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium this afternoon, kick-off 2pm, before the first-team’s clash with the Potters at the Amex on Monday night.

Simon Rusk’s team occupy seventh spot in the Premier League 2 Division 2, equal on points with Fulham in the final play-off berth, following their 1-0 victory over Southampton last time out.

Aaron Connolly scored the winning goal after coming off the bench against the Saints, which ended a run of seven league games without victory, despite a positive 5-0 win over Sunderland in the Premier League Cup.

Stoke sit two places behind the Albion in ninth position, but have lost four of their previous five matches in the league, with their only victory in that time coming against West Bromwich Albion.

The Seagulls drew 1-1 against the Potters in Staffordshire last season, with Solly March equalising in the second half, before Albion won the reverse fixture 2-0 at the Amex in the penultimate league game of the season.

A young Albion side came back from two goals behind in the Sussex Senior Cup on Tuesday evening to win 3-2 against East Preston, but they were on the wrong side of the same scoreline previously in the Premier League Cup against Hull City.

Following the game against the Potters, Rusk’s side have a nine-day wait until their next fixture, when they welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Checkatrade.com Stadium.

Albion supporters can follow a live text commentary from the Bet 365 on the Match Centre, with a match report being published after the game.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: STOKE CITY 2 ALBION 3

18 November 2017

Phil Greig
Jayson Molumby and Max Sanders in action at the Bet365 Stadium.
  • Albion come from behind to win 3-2 against Stoke City
  • Ryan Hill and Tre Pemberton put the hosts 2-0 ahead
  • Max Sanders and Aaron Connolly hit back to make it 2-2
  • Jayson Molumby fires the winning goal for the Seagulls


An outstanding five-minute turnaround from Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s sealed all three points against Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium, as they came back from two goals down to win 3-2 this afternoon.

Goals either side of half-time from Ryan Hill and Tre Pemberton put the Potters 2-0 up, but quick-fire strikes from Max Sanders, Aaron Connolly and Jayson Molumby swung the game on its head, as Albion secured back-to-back league victories.

Simon Rusk handed Christian Walton a return to action, after the goalkeeper returned to the club from Wigan Athletic due to injury, while there was also a place in the starting line-up for Accrington Stanley loanee Tyler Forbes.

The Seagulls found themselves trailing after just three minutes, as Stoke won possession and Hill was allowed the the time and space to arrive inside the penalty area and slot home from 12 yards.

Albion reacted positively after going a goal behind, with some good link-up play between George Cox and Soufyan Ahannach leading to a free-kick, but the Dutchman fired his effort straight into the wall.

Connolly then forced Stoke goalkeeper Josef Bursik into a smart save low down, and with the ball rebounding to James Tilley inside the box, the winger could only lash into the side-netting.

Rusk’s team produced some fluid spells of possession, stringing together 20-plus passes on occasions, but Molumby’s deflected effort from 25 yards was parried away from goal.

The ball dropped to Dessie Hutchinson after a sequence of Albion corners, but Connolly’s back-post header from his compatriot’s cross was blocked in front of goal.

Molumby then had two chances to put the Seagulls in front, firstly shooting narrowly over from 25 yards, before the midfielder benefited from some brilliant play involving Ahannach, Cox and Connolly, but his low-driven attempt stung the hands of Bursik.

The Potters’ shot-stopper continued to be the busier goalkeeper, as he tipped over from Max Sanders, before holding onto Connolly’s low shot, as the Irishman swivelled to shoot from 12 yards.

Walton was called into action shortly before the break, as he saved well with his feet at the front post from Tyrese Campbell’s low shot from a narrow angle.

The Seagulls made a confident start to the second half but fell further behind against the run of play, as Ahannach’s pass was intercepted in the middle of the park, before Pemberton cut inside and drilled a low shot into the bottom corner on 62 minutes.

But seven minutes later, Sanders dealt the first blow in a brilliant comeback from Rusk’s team, as the midfielder showed great composure to twice fool his marker and bend a wonderful effort beyond Bursik to make it 2-1.

The hosts were stunned inside the next minute as Albion drew level. A searching pass from Cox found Ahannach at the back post, and the Dutchman laid the ball across the box for Connolly to prod home from a couple of yards.

The incredible comeback was complete in the 74th minute when Molumby showed confidence on the ball, broke forward from midfield and bent a fine effort past Bursik from the edge of the penalty area.

Stoke struggled to muster any clear-cut chances in the closing stages, and Rusk’s team comfortably held on to their narrow lead to seal an impressive away victory and strong show of character.

ALBION: Walton; Forbes (Moore 60), Collar, Hutchinson, Cox; Molumby, Sanders; Tilley, Alzate, Ahannach; Connolly (Ajiboye 89).

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

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