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10 December 2018 Venue The Amex Elite Football Performance Centre Attendance Referee Sam Purkiss

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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2
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Leicester City PL2

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4-4-1-1
  • 1
    David Button
    GK
  • 2
    Archie Davies
    DF
  • 3
    George Cox
    DF
  • 4
    Max Sanders
    MF
  • 5
    Ben Barclay (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Leo Ostigard
    DF
  • 7
    Anders Dreyer
    MF
  • 8
    Mathias Normann
    MF
  • 9
    Aaron Connolly
    FW
  • 10
    Viktor Gyokeres
    FW
  • 11
    James Tilley
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Alex Cochrane
    SUB
  • 13
    Hugo Keto
    SUB
  • 14
    Peter Gwargis
    SUB
  • 15
    Warren O'Hora
    SUB
  • 16
    Stefan Ljubicic
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

4-4-2
  • 1
    Tobias Viktor Johansson
    GK
  • 2
    Darnell Johnson (C)
    DF
  • 3
    Calvin Ughelumba
    DF
  • 4
    Lamine Kaba Sherif
    MF
  • 5
    Josh Knight
    DF
  • 6
    Yohan Benalouane
    DF
  • 7
    Khanya Leshabela
    MF
  • 8
    Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
    MF
  • 9
    Adi Muskwe
    FW
  • 10
    Callum Wright
    FW
  • 11
    Tyrese Shade
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Louis Ramsey
    SUB
  • 13
    Rhys Davies
    SUB
  • 14
    Kaird John
    SUB
  • 15
    Connor Tee
    SUB
  • 16
    Ali Reghba
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Steve Beaglehole

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: ALBION GO IN SEARCH OF BACK-TO-BACK WINS

10 December 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion under-23 defender Leo Ostigard in action.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s hosts Leicester City at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre this evening, kick-off 7pm, and Simon Rusk’s team will be looking to make it back-to-back wins in the Premier League 2 Division 1.

The Seagulls came from behind on their last outing to beat Swansea City 3-2 in Wales, and victory for Albion tonight could lift them as high as second in the league table.

Rusk’s side have already played the Foxes in the league back in September, when Aaron Connolly’s stoppage-time strike rescued a point for Albion in a 2-2 draw.

Leicester head into the game on the back of a goalless draw against Manchester City on home soil, which followed a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on the road.

Albion sit three places ahead of tonight’s opponents in fifth position, taking 19 points from their opening 11 matches of the campaign.

Following tonight’s game, attention will then turn to the Sussex Senior Cup, when Albion travel to Hastings United in the third round of the competition tomorrow evening.

Albion supporters can follow a live text blog from tonight’s game on the south coast on the Match Centre, with a report, gallery and reaction to be uploaded after the full-time whistle.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: ALBION 0 LEICESTER CITY 1

10 December 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Ben Barclay in action against Leicester City's under-23s.
  • Albion are beaten by Leicester City at home
  • Josh Knight heads the winning goal for the Foxes
  • Leo Ostigard denied equaliser in stoppage time
  • The Seagulls travel to West Ham United on Saturday

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s missed out on the opportunity to climb the Premier League 2 Division 1 table this evening, as they lost 1-0 to Leicester City at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.

Josh Knight’s first-half header was enough to inflict a third league defeat on Simon Rusk’s team, who pressed in the closing stages for an equalising goal but ran out of time against the Foxes.

Albion began the match on the front foot and created their first chance after Viktor Gyokeres slipped a clever pass into Aaron Connolly, but the Irishman was denied by Viktor Johansson at the goalkeeper’s near post.

George Cox read the game well to intercept a short pass in Leicester’s defence before crossing for James Tilley, but the winger’s tame effort was comfortably gathered by Johansson.

The visitors enjoyed a free-flowing move down the left wing, which resulted in a cross for Tyrese Shade at the front post, but the winger’s prodded effort sailed narrowly wide of the target to Albion’s relief.

Another chance fell for Shade when the Leicester man received the ball inside Albion’s penalty area — and although the winger managed to hit the target this time, David Button saved well at his near post.



Leicester were gradually growing into the game and managed to break the deadlock on 34 minutes when Yohan Benalouane flicked on a corner for Josh Knight at the back post, and the defender simply headed home from close range.

There was almost an instant reply from the Seagulls when Anders Dreyer surged forward and squared for Gyokeres, but the Swede’s curling effort from inside the box sailed just over the crossbar.

Rusk’s side were denied an equaliser just before the break, as Cox drilled a powerful shot towards the far corner but saw Johansson leap across his goal to keep Leicester's narrow lead intact.

Albion had to wait until the hour mark for their first notable chance of the second half — it was Max Sanders who stepped up to fire a free kick towards the bottom corner, but Johansson parried the midfielder’s effort away from goal.



The Seagulls struggled to make their mark on the game throughout the second half but forced a handful of late chances, the first of which being Stefan Ljubicic’s tame header after coming off the bench.

Sanders then forced Johansson into a good stop from a free kick on the edge of the penalty area, but Albion’s best opportunity of the entire game fell for Leo Ostigard in the dying moments.

Normann chipped a delightful pass into the defender’s feet, but after controlling the ball and drilling an effort towards goal, Johansson pulled off another fine stop to secure victory for the Foxes on the south coast.

ALBION: Button; A.Davies, Barclay, Ostigard, Cox; Dreyer (Ljubicic 79), Sanders, Normann, Tilley (Gwargis 69); Gyokeres; Connolly.

Subs not used: Keto (GK), O’Hora, Cochrane.

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