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18 September 2017 Venue Checkatrade.com Stadium Attendance Referee Alan Dale

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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2
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Newcastle United PL2

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4-2-3-1
  • 1
    Bailey Vose
    GK
  • 2
    Owen Moore
    DF
  • 3
    George Cox
    DF
  • 4
    Danny Barker
    MF
  • 5
    Ben Hall
    DF
  • 6
    Josh Kerr
    DF
  • 7
    David Ajiboye
    MF
  • 8
    Will Collar (C)
    MF
  • 9
    Henrik Bjordal
    FW
  • 10
    Max Sanders
    MF
  • 11
    Soufyan Ahannach
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Steven Alzate
    SUB
  • 13
    Billy Collings
    SUB
  • 14
    Danny Cashman
    SUB
  • 15
    Alex Cochrane
    SUB
  • 16
    Ryan Longman
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

4-4-2
  • 1
    Freddie Woodman
    GK
  • 2
    Ben Kitchen
    DF
  • 3
    Kyle Cameron
    DF
  • 4
    Stefan O'Connor
    MF
  • 5
    Josef Yarney
    DF
  • 6
    Macauley Gillesphey (C)
    DF
  • 7
    Callum Smith
    MF
  • 8
    Dan Barlaser
    MF
  • 9
    Luke Charman
    FW
  • 10
    Liam Smith
    FW
  • 11
    Victor Fernandez
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Owen Bailey
    SUB
  • 13
    Paul Woolston
    SUB
  • 14
    Mo Sangare
    SUB
  • 15
    Yasin Ben Elmahanni
    SUB
  • 16
    Owen Gallacher
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Peter Beardsley

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: ALBION V NEWCASTLE UNITED

18 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Ben Hall

Brighton & Hove Albion's under-23s are in Premier League 2 Division 2 action tonight when they host Newcastle United at the Checkatrade.com Stadium, kick-off 7pm.

After beginning the season with back-to-back league victories over Norwich City and Fulham, defeats to Reading, MK Dons in the Checkatrade Trophy, and West Bromwich Albion have followed.

The Seagulls occupy seventh position in the league after collecting six points from their opening four games, while Newcastle sit fourth after picking up seven points in the same number of games.

Albion season-ticket holders can gain free entry for tonight’s match at Crawley, otherwise admission is priced at £5 for adults and £1 for concessions.

Albion supporters can follow a live text commentary on the Match Centre this evening, and a match report will be published after the game.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: ALBION 0 NEWCASTLE 0

18 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Ben Hall in action against Newcastle United.
  • Albion draw 0-0 with Newcastle United at home
  • Max Sanders strikes the crossbar in the second half
  • Henrik Bjordal has a shot cleared off the line
  • The Seagulls play Aston Villa at Villa Park next Monday

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s were held to a goalless draw by Newcastle United at the Checkatrade.com Stadium this evening, in a game packed with chances for the Seagulls.

Henrik Bjordal went close for Albion on a number of occasions, including a shot that was cleared off the line, while Max Sanders struck the crossbar in the second half, as neither side could find a breakthrough.

Simon Rusk made five changes to the starting line-up that lost 5-1 at West Bromwich Albion last time out, with summer signing Soufyan Ahannach retaining his place on the left wing.

The visitors had the first chance to break the deadlock after just six minutes, but Stefan O’Connor pierced through the middle of the park, Albion goalkeeper Bailey Vose made a smart save with his feet.

Sanders then saw his powerful shot deflected over the crossbar, before the midfielder curled just wide of Freddie Woodman’s left-hand post after Ahannach played the ball inside.

David Ajiboye almost connected with Ahannach’s left-footed delivery, but couldn't quite leap high enough to meet the Dutchman’s cross, as the Seagulls pressed for an opening goal.

Albion’s best chance fell to Bjordal after Sanders chested the ball down for the striker in the penalty area, but the Norwegian’s half-volley flew narrowly wide of the post from eight yards.

Woodman pulled off a fine save to prevent Ajiboye’s powerful shot from giving Albion the lead, before Vose dived to his left-hand side to push Liam Smith’s curling effort away from goal.

Bjordal then found himself through on goal after latching onto Will Collar’s defence-splitting pass, but Woodman raced off his line to save well at the feet of the Norwegian.

Bjordal and Ahannach both had good chances shortly before the break, but Woodman continued his impressive display, as he pushed the latter’s curling shot away from the top corner to keep the scores level.

Albion started the second half in the same vein, with Ajiboye finding the side-netting from inside the box, before Ahannach saw his low shot from 30 yards deflected behind for a corner.

Sanders came close to finding the breakthrough shortly before the hour mark, but the midfielder’s controlled effort from the corner of the penalty area clipped the top of the crossbar and went behind.

After dancing his way past Newcastle’s defence and goalkeeper, it looks as if Bjordal would give Albion the lead from a tight angle, but a Magpies defender recovered to clear the Norwegian’s shot off the goal line.



O’Connor and Dan Barlaser had late chances to snatch all three points for the visitors, but neither could beat Vose in Albion’s goal, as both teams had to settle for a point in Crawley.

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