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20 October 2017 Venue The Amex Elite Football Performance Centre Attendance

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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2
2 - 2
Middlesbrough PL2

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20 October 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s welcome Middlesbrough to the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre in the Premier League 2 Division 2 this afternoon, kick-off 1pm.

First-team players Sam Baldock, Beram Kayal and Jiri Skalak are all expected to feature for the Seagulls, as Simon Rusk returns from his Pro License course to the Albion dugout.

Despite a high-pressured second-half performance from Albion against Blackburn Rovers on Monday evening, they had to settle for a point after equalising either side of half-time in a 2-2 draw.

Kayal found the back of the net from 25 yards to cancel out Joe Nuttall’s opening goal, before James Tilley cancelled out the striker’s second after the break.

Middlesbrough are the early pacesetters in the Premier League 2 Division 2, as they occupy top spot with six wins from seven games, while Albion sit further down in eighth position.

However, Boro’s winning run of six games came to an end last time out, as Reading raced into a 3-0 lead before eventually winning the game 4-3 in the north east.

The Seagulls are without a victory in five league games, after opening the season with back-to-back wins, and Rusk’s team will be hoping to force a positive result before visiting Southampton at the end of the month.

Please note that tickets for the game are no longer available and anyone turning up without a ticket will be refused entry.

Albion supporters attending the game can get free parking at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.

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Match Reports


20 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Sam Baldock opens the scoring against Middlesbrough.
  • Sam Baldock opens the scoring with a fine finish
  • Jiri Skalak and Beram Kayal also feature
  • George Cox scores from the penalty spot
  • George Miller earns Middlesbrough a point with a late spot-kick

Brighton & Hove Albion under 23s drew their second game in five days, following a 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.
Manager Simon Rusk made three changes from the side that drew to Blackburn Rovers in the week with Robert Sanchez, Tom Dallison and Henrik Bjordal coming in for Tim Krul, Josh Kerr and Steven Alzate.
Albion started the game positively with their main threat being James Tilley; the young forward broke through in the first minute and hit a shot wide.
Tilley continued his good work a few minutes later, spinning a couple of Middlesbrough defenders before finding Beram Kayal in the box, but the Israeli saw his shot blocked.
Boro had their first chance of the match after a quarter of an hour with Nathan McGinley heading wide after an in-swinging free kick.

Tilley then broke away moments later, passing several players before having a shot saved from 20 yards by goalkeeper Zak Hemming.
The Seagulls broke the deadlock midway through the second half after more neat work by Tilley. The 19-year-old broke free once again in the middle of the park and passed the ball to Sam Baldock, whose brilliant finish found the top corner.
Albion were dealt a blow moments later, as Robert Sanchez went down hurt and was subsequently substituted ten minutes before half time for Billy Collings.
Rusk's side could've doubled their lead when Tom Dallison crossed for Tilley, but his outstretched leg couldn’t quite direct the ball towards goal.

Brighton then nearly made the windy conditions count as an advantage, as Jiri Skalak hit a free kick towards Henrik Bjordal, and his effort nearly looped over the goalkeeper.
The wind soon made its presence felt though, as Lewis Wing saw his corner loop into the goal and out of the reach of Collings, just as Albion were beginning to apply more pressure.
The hosts soon found themselves back on the front foot however, when Skalak was fouled in the box; left back George Cox stepped up and thundered his penalty into the top corner via the post.
Both teams then began to push for the all-important fourth goal in the match with Boro coming close through some direct crosses into the box but Albion defended well under pressure.
The Seagulls’ resolve eventually wilted, as Ales Mateju conceded a penalty in the 90th minute for striker George Miller to step up and score from the spot.

ALBION: Sanchez (Collings 34); Mateju, Hutchinson, Dallison, Cox; Kayal, Collar; Skalak, Tilley (Alzate 87), Bjordal; Baldock (Sanders 73).

SUBS NOT USED: Moore, Ahannach.

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