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30 October 2017 Venue Staplewood Training Ground Attendance Referee Richard Hulme

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Southampton PL2
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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Alex McCarthy
    GK
  • 2
    Yan Valery
    DF
  • 3
    Matt Targett
    DF
  • 4
    Alfie Jones (C)
    MF
  • 5
    Jan Bednarek
    DF
  • 6
    Jack Stephens
    DF
  • 7
    Marcus Barnes
    MF
  • 8
    Pierre Hojbjerg
    MF
  • 9
    Jonathan Afolabi
    FW
  • 10
    Jake Hesketh
    FW
  • 11
    Sam McQueen
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Ollie Cook
    SUB
  • 13
    Jack Rose
    SUB
  • 14
    Callum Slattery
    SUB
  • 15
    Tyreke Johnson
    SUB
  • 16
    Nathan Tella
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Radhi Jaidi

4-4-2
  • 1
    Niki Maenpaa
    GK
  • 2
    Ales Mateju
    DF
  • 3
    George Cox
    DF
  • 4
    Uwe Huenemeier
    DF
  • 5
    Connor Goldson
    DF
  • 6
    Jayson Molumby (C)
    MF
  • 7
    Beram Kayal
    MF
  • 8
    Henrik Bjordal
    FW
  • 9
    Steven Alzate
    FW
  • 10
    James Tilley
    MF
  • 11
    Soufyan Ahannach
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Tom Dallison
    SUB
  • 13
    Billy Collings
    SUB
  • 14
    Max Sanders
    SUB
  • 15
    Will Collar
    SUB
  • 16
    Aaron Connolly
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: SOUTHAMPTON V ALBION

30 October 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Jayson Molumby in action for Albion's under-23s.

Following the first-team’s 1-1 draw against Southampton yesterday, Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s travel to the Staplewood Training Ground to play the Saints in the Premier League 2 Division 2 this evening, kick-off 7pm.

The Seagulls are without a league victory in their last six games, but three points against their south-coast neighbours would move them level on points with Radhi Jaidi’s team after nine matches.

Albion were denied victory at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre ten days ago, when a late penalty made it 2-2 against Middlesbrough, after Sam Baldock and George Cox had found the back of the net.

Southampton’s three-game winning streak came to an end last time out, as they were beaten 3-0 at Norwich City, which followed wins over Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United.

With a number of first-team players being left out of Chris Hughton’s 18-man matchday squad recently, under-23s coach Simon Rusk could utilise Albion’s strength in depth in Hampshire this evening.

Albion supporters can follow a live text blog from this evening’s game on the Match Centre, while a match report will be published after the game has concluded.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: SOUTHAMPTON 0 ALBION 1

30 October 2017

George Cox in action against Southampton at the Staplewood Training Ground.
  • Albion claim their third league win of the season
  • Aaron Connolly fires the winning goal after coming on
  • Jan Bednarek receives a red card early on
  • The Seagulls move level on points with Southampton

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s returned to winning ways in the Premier League 2 Division 2, as they overcame ten-man Southampton 1-0 at the Staplewood Training Ground tonight.

After a frustrating first half, which saw Saints defender Jan Bednarek sent off inside the opening quarter of an hour, substitute Aaron Connolly produced the goods with a fine finish to seal all three points for the Seagulls.

Simon Rusk included four first-team players in the line-up, with Niki Maenpaa, Uwe Huenemeier, Connor Goldson and Beram Kayal all featuring, while Jayson Molumby returned to captain the side.

It was a quiet start to the game from both sides, with neither able to break down their opponents, as Henrik Bjordal’s dangerous low delivery fizzed across the penalty area to no avail.

The game took a big swing in Albion’s favour after just 14 minutes, when referee Richard Hulme brandished a straight red card to Bednarek for a late challenge on Soufyan Ahannach.

Rusk’s team enjoyed plenty of possession after the surprising dismissal of Bednarek, with Bjordal having a shot deflected just wide, before Goldson scooped an effort over the crossbar.

The hosts struggled to keep hold of the ball after losing Bednarek early on, and it continued to be Albion that caused the problems, but Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy saved well from James Tilley’s well-struck free-kick.

Shortly before the half-time whistle, Maenpaa came to the rescue of his team-mate Goldson, after he lost possession out wide, but the Albion shot-stopper produced a fine save from Sam McQueen’s stinging effort.

Connolly was introduced for the second half, with Steven Alzate making way, and it didn't take the Irishman long to stamp his mark on the game, as he gave the Seagulls the lead after 56 minutes.

The ball dropped to Connolly inside the penalty area, and after composing himself for a shot on goal, his beautifully-struck half-volley sailed into the top corner, giving McCarthy no chance in the Southampton goal.

After also coming off the bench, Max Sanders went in search of a second goal for Albion, but the midfielder lifted his first-time effort over the crossbar after Ales Mateju’s cross was only half cleared.

The Czech full-back then went close to getting on the scoresheet himself, but after Ahannach’s corner was flicked on, Mateju’s connection from a matter of yards looped up and just over the crossbar.

With just a couple of minutes on the clock remaining, George Cox made a vital clearance from a Southampton cross, before McQueen’s follow-up effort sailed over the crossbar from close range.

The hosts piled on the pressure in stoppage time, but Albion defended well to keep a clean sheet and move level on points with Southampton in the Premier League 2 Division 2.

ALBION: Maenpaa; Mateju, Goldson, Huenemeier, Cox; Tilley, Molumby, Kayal, Ahannach; Bjordal (Sanders 61), Alzate (Connolly HT).

Subs not used: Collings (GK), Dallison, Collar.

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