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11 September 2017 Venue The Hawthorns Attendance Referee Ryan Johnson

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West Bromwich Albion PL2
5 - 1
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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Alex Palmer
    GK
  • 2
    Nathan Ferguson
    DF
  • 3
    Robbie McCourt
    DF
  • 4
    Claudio Yacob
    MF
  • 5
    Kyle Jameson
    DF
  • 6
    Gareth McAuley (C)
    DF
  • 7
    Oliver Burke
    MF
  • 8
    Sam Field
    MF
  • 9
    Evan Pierce
    FW
  • 10
    Rayhaan Tulloch
    FW
  • 11
    Harrison Edge
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Aram Soleman
    SUB
  • 13
    Bradley House
    SUB
  • 14
    Alex Bradley
    SUB
  • 15
    Morgan Rogers
    SUB
  • 16
    Finn Azaz
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    James Shan

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

Substitutes

  • 12
    Max Sanders
    SUB
  • 13
    Tom McGill
    SUB
  • 14
    Danny Barker
    SUB
  • 15
    David Ajiboye
    SUB
  • 16
    Owen Moore
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: WEST BROMWICH ALBION V ALBION

11 September 2017

Bennett Dean
Josh Kerr in action for Albion's under-23s.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s return to Premier League 2 Division 2 action this evening, when they take on West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns, kick-off 7pm.

Just two days after Chris Hughton’s first team overcame the Baggies 3-1 at the Amex, Simon Rusk’s under-23 side travel to the West Midlands in search of their third league victory of the season.

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

The Seagulls occupy fifth position in the league, after collecting six points from their opening three games, while the Baggies sit bottom after losing all three of their opening fixtures.

Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers have all secured victories over James Shan’s team, who will be looking to bounce back against the Seagulls on home soil.

West Brom sealed a narrow 1-0 win against Albion at the Hawthorns last season, but Rusk’s team returned the favour in the reverse fixture, as James Tilley and Tom Dallison scored in a 2-1 triumph.

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

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

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: WEST BROMWICH ALBION 5 ALBION 1

11 September 2017

Ben Hall rises to win a header at the Hawthorns.
  • Albion are beaten 5-1 at West Bromwich Albion
  • Evan Pierce gives the hosts a 1-0 lead at half-time
  • Robbie McCourt, Alex Bradley, Rayhaan Tulloch and Finn Azaz add further goals
  • Henrik Bjordal finds the back of the net to make it 2-1

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s were unable to complete a double over West Bromwich Albion in the space of three days, as the Baggies sealed a convincing 5-1 victory at the Hawthorns this evening.

Henrik Bjordal pulled a goal back for the Seagulls at 2-0 down, but the Baggies finished strongly to take all three points, as they found the back of the net five times on a disappointing night for the Seagulls.

Simon Rusk gave an Albion  debut to Dutch winger Soufyan Ahannach, while Henrik Bjordal led the line against an experienced West Brom team.

The Seagulls showed promising signs inside the opening ten minutes, with Ahannach and George Cox linking up well down the left-hand side, before James Tilley curled an effort just wide of the target.

But slightly against the run of play, the Baggies took the lead through Evan Pierce, after the striker dived to meet Claudio Yacob’s inviting cross from the right, to glance a brilliant header past Billy Collings on 12 minutes.

The experience in West Brom’s team shone through as Albion struggled to break them down, however Rusk’s team enjoyed plenty of possession, just without the end product that was needed.

Tilley latched onto Danny Mandroiu’s brilliant diagonal pass, but after cutting inside and shaping to shoot, the winger’s low-driven effort was comfortably saved.

Baggies substitute Finn Azaz created the first opportunity after the break, but the striker’s shot was deflected just wide of goal, as he looked to stamp his mark on the contest.

Ales Mateju sliced a shot wide of the target after playing a neat one-two with Bjordal, and despite Albion’s best efforts to restore parity, the task increased in difficulty on the hour mark, as the Baggies extended their lead.

Sam Field showed good feet on the edge of the box before slipping a pass into the path of Robbie McCourt, and the full-back confidently struck the ball past Collings at his near post.

But just seven minutes later, Albion halved the deficit through Bjordal, as the Norwegian striker stretched to meet a searching pass over West Brom’s defence and prodded the ball past Alex Palmer into the bottom corner.

Albion’s foothold in the game slipped away in the final 15 minutes, starting with Alex Bradley’s simple finish in the 76th minute, after Rayhaan Tulloch’s shot came back off the post and sat up nicely for the midfielder.

Will Collar was then penalised for a foul on Tulloch inside the box, and the energetic winger stepped up to confidently pick out the bottom corner from 12 yards to make it 4-1.

The hosts found time for a fifth goal, as Azaz drilled a low shot past Collings to complete the scoring and round off a disappointing evening for Rusk’s team.

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