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25 September 2017 Venue Villa Park Attendance Referee Neil Hair

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Aston Villa PL2
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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Matija Sarkic
    GK
  • 2
    James Bree
    DF
  • 3
    Oscar Borg
    DF
  • 4
    Jordan Lyden (C)
    MF
  • 5
    Easah Suliman
    DF
  • 6
    Jacob Bedeau
    DF
  • 7
    Jordan Cox
    MF
  • 8
    Jake Doyle-Hayes
    MF
  • 9
    Harvey Knibbs
    FW
  • 10
    Harry McKirdy
    FW
  • 11
    Corey Blackett-Taylor
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Kelsey Mooney
    SUB
  • 13
    Viktor Johansson
    SUB
  • 14
    Jack Clarke
    SUB
  • 15
    Alex Prosser
    SUB
  • 16
    Jozef Pastorek
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Kevin McDonald

4-2-3-1
  • 1
    Robert Sanchez
    GK
  • 2
    Ales Mateju
    DF
  • 3
    George Cox
    DF
  • 4
    Dessie Hutchinson (C)
    MF
  • 5
    Ben Hall
    DF
  • 6
    Josh Kerr
    DF
  • 7
    James Tilley
    MF
  • 8
    Will Collar
    MF
  • 9
    Henrik Bjordal
    FW
  • 10
    Steven Alzate
    MF
  • 11
    Soufyan Ahannach
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Owen Moore
    SUB
  • 13
    Billy Collings
    SUB
  • 14
    Max Sanders
    SUB
  • 15
    Danny Mandroiu
    SUB
  • 16
    David Ajiboye
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: ASTON VILLA V ALBION

25 September 2017

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Soufyan Ahannach in action for Albion's under-23s.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s come up against Aston Villa in the Premier League 2 Division 2 when they travel to Villa Park this evening, kick-off 7pm.

After taking seven points from their opening five games of the season, the Seagulls head to the West Midlands in search of their third victory of the campaign, following their 0-0 draw with Newcastle United last week.

The Seagulls can overtake the Villans, who currently occupy third position in the league, just two points ahead of Simon Rusk’s team.

Villa head into the game after losing 4-1 against Middlesbrough, but Kevin McDonald’s team had previously won back-to-back league fixtures, as they overcame Fulham and Southampton.



Tonight’s hosts recorded a 2-0 victory over the Seagulls at Villa Park towards the end of last season, while the sides shared a 1-1 draw at the Checkatrade.com Stadium earlier in the campaign.

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

ALBION squad: Sanchez (GK), Collings (GK), Mateju, Cox, Moore, Hall, Kerr, Hutchinson, Collar, Sanders, Mandroiu, Tilley, Ahannach, Ajiboye, Alzate, Bjordal.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: ASTON VILLA 1 ALBION 0

25 September 2017

Ales Mateju in action for Albion's under-23s at Villa Park.
  • Albion are narrowly beaten 1-0 at Villa Park
  • James Tilley and Max Sanders strike the crossbar
  • Jordan Lyden breaks the deadlock late on
  • The Seagulls travel to Sunderland on Friday in the Premier League Cup

Despite having plenty of the ball and creating a number of good opportunities, Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s were narrowly beaten 1-0 against Aston Villa at Villa Park this evening.

Jordan Lyden struck the winning goal in the closing stages for the Villans, after the Seagulls went close on numerous occasions, but couldn’t find their own breakthrough on a frustrating evening for Simon Rusk’s team.

Rusk welcomed back a number of players who were on first-team duty in the Carabao Cup last week, while goalkeeper Robert Sanchez returned from injury.

Henrik Bjordal went close for Albion inside the opening stages of the game, as the Norwegian stretched to meet James Tilley’s dangerous set-piece delivery, but his prodded effort rolled narrowly wide of the post.

George Cox then found Soufyan Ahannach with a defence-splitting pass, but the winger’s angled shot was well saved by Villa goalkeeper Matija Sarkic at his near post.

Albion continued to create the majority of the chances, with Bjordal’s scuffed shot finding the arms of Sarkic, before Steven Alzate tested the Villa shot-stopper from just outside the penalty area.

Corey Blackett-Taylor almost caught out Sanchez with a dangerous in-swinging cross from the left wing, but the Albion goalkeeper managed to keep hold of the ball, despite being under pressure from Villa's attackers.

Tilley came closest to breaking the deadlock in the opening half, as his curling left-footed effort crashed back off the crossbar after intelligent build-up play from Alzate and Will Collar.

Alzate then had a fine chance open the scoring, but after surging forward and beating his marker, the forward’s powerful shot rose over the crossbar from just inside the box.

The former Leyton Orient man replicated almost the same chance  shortly before the break, and there was still time for Soufyan Ahannach to bend a shot agonisingly wide of Sarkic’s left-hand post on the stroke of half-time.

Villa defender Easah Sulman rolled narrowly wide of Sanchez’s left-hand post at the start of the second half, before Dessie Hutchinson’s well-controlled half-volley sailed straight into the hands of Sarkic.

After being relatively untested inside the opening hour, Sanchez was called into action with a brilliant reaction save to push away Harry McKirdy’s powerful shot, moments before Blackett-Taylor fired inches wide.

The Seagulls found the crossbar for a second time moments after Max Sanders came off the bench, with the midfielder curling a delicate shot onto the woodwork from inside the box.

However, after being second best for most of the game, the hosts opened the scoring through Lyden in the 83rd minute, as the Villa captain poked the ball past Sanchez from close range.

Tilley glanced a header just wide of the post from Ahannach’s inswinging cross in the closing stages, but the West Midlands club managed to hold on for all three points.

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