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11 March 2019 Venue Leyland County Ground Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Blackburn Rovers PL2
2 - 2
FT
Brighton and Hove Albion PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Charlie Albinson
    GK
  • 2
    Joe Rankin-Costello
    DF
  • 3
    Lewis Thompson
    DF
  • 4
    Jacob Davenport
    MF
  • 5
    Charley Doyle (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Hayden Carter
    DF
  • 7
    Stefan Mols
    MF
  • 8
    John Buckley
    MF
  • 9
    Jack Vale
    FW
  • 10
    Daniel Butterworth
    FW
  • 11
    Harry Chapman
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Louie Annesley
    SUB
  • 13
    Jordan Eastham
    SUB
  • 14
    Isaac Whitehall
    SUB
  • 15
    Jalil Saadi
    SUB
  • 16
    Daniel Pike
    SUB

Manager

  • -

4-4-2
  • 1
    Robert Sanchez
    GK
  • 2
    Archie Davies
    DF
  • 3
    Alex Cochrane
    DF
  • 4
    Haydon Roberts
    MF
  • 5
    Leo Ostigard
    DF
  • 6
    Warren O'Hora
    DF
  • 7
    Max Sanders (C)
    MF
  • 8
    Jayson Molumby
    MF
  • 9
    Bojan Radulovic
    FW
  • 10
    Viktor Gyokeres
    FW
  • 11
    Soufyan Ahannach
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Owen Moore
    SUB
  • 13
    Billy Collings
    SUB
  • 14
    Will Collar
    SUB
  • 15
    Jordan Davies
    SUB
  • 16
    Ryan Longman
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: ALBION MAKE ROVERS RETURN

11 March 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Warren O'Hora in action for Albion's under-23s.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s take on Blackburn Rovers at the Leyland County Ground this evening, kick-off 7pm, and Simon Rusk’s team will be keen to maintain the pressure on league leaders Everton.

The Seagulls find themselves four points behind the Toffees with just four games remaining, and Rusk’s side meet the Merseyside club in their penultimate game of the Premier League 2 Division 1 season.

Albion have taken 14 points from a possible 18 to leave themselves hot on the heels of Everton, and another three points against Rovers will apply further pressure on the Toffees tonight, who play host to Arsenal.

Rovers visited the Amex Stadium back in October and took the lead after just three minutes, but Aaron Connolly drew the Seagulls level before Ben Barclay headed the winning goal in the 89th minute.

The Lancashire club find themselves just five points above the relegation zone, but Rovers secured an important 3-1 victory over West Ham United last time out to pull themselves clear of the Hammers.

Albion’s visit to the Leyland County Ground last season was a successful one — goals from Viktor Gyokeres and James Tilley sealed a 2-0 win, but Rovers managed to finish in top spot to win promotion to the PL2 alongside the Seagulls.

Supporters can follow a live text blog from the game on the Match Centre this evening.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: BLACKBURN ROVERS 2 ALBION 2

11 March 2019

Blackburn Rovers
Bojan Radulovic contests an aerial ball against Blackburn Rovers.
  • Albion draw 2-2 with Blackburn Rovers
  • Max Sanders scores twice to put Albion 2-0 ahead
  • Jack Vale and Harry Chapman hit back for the hosts
  • The Seagulls trail Everton by four points with three games remaining

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s remain four points behind league leaders Everton, after Blackburn Rovers came back from 2-0 down to claim a point against the Seagulls at the Leyland County Ground.

Max Sanders scored a brace on his return to the starting line-up to put Albion ahead at the break, but Jack Vale and Harry Chapman hit back for the hosts to prevent Simon Rusk’s side from closing the gap on Everton.

Despite letting go of maximum points, the draw extended Albion’s unbeaten run in the Premier League 2 Division 1 to seven matches, ahead of their final three matches of the season — Swansea City, Everton and Chelsea.

Albion almost found themselves behind inside the opening minute of the contest when Daniel Butterworth latched onto a ball inside the box, but thankfully the Rovers forward dragged his shot wide of the target.

Viktor Gyokeres then weaved his way inside off the left wing and looked to test Charlie Albinson in the Rovers goal, however the Swede’s rising effort sailed over the crossbar from a tight angle.

But it wasn’t long before the Seagulls got their noses in front — Gyokeres delivered a teasing cross towards the back post and Sanders arrived just in time to chest the ball home to break the deadlock.

A feisty period of play followed, which involved yellow cards for both number eights, as Jayson Molumby and John Buckley were both penalised for strong challenges in the middle of the park.

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However, Albion were able to keep their cool and double their advantage on 28 minutes, and it was Sanders again who showed brilliant composure to guide his curling effort past Albinson into the far corner.

Rovers went straight up the other end and should have halved the deficit, but Joe Rankin-Costello somehow pulled his shot wide of Robert Sanchez’s left-hand upright when it looked tougher to miss.

Albion got to the break with their 2-0 lead intact, but inside one minute of the second half, Rovers pulled a goal back — Vale’s powerful volley deflected off Leo Ostigard and flew into the back of the net.

The momentum swung in Blackburn’s favour and they almost drew level on the hour mark, but Albion had Sanchez to thank after the Spaniard produced a smart save to deny Butterworth’s low-driven effort.

Five minutes later, the Seagulls had the ball in the back of the net for a third time, after Ahannach and Gyokeres combined to find Radulovic, but the forward’s composed finish past Albinson was ruled out for offside.

The hosts continued to press for an equaliser and managed to break down Albion’s resolve in the 71st minute — Chapman surged forward and drilled a powerful shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area.

Neither side looked content with just a point heading into the closing stages, with Gyokeres seeing a fierce shot deflected behind for a corner, but the referee soon blew the final whistle and the spoils were shared.

ALBION: Sanchez; A.Davies, Ostigard, O’Hora (Collar 80), Cochrane; Sanders, Molumby (Longman 85), Roberts, Ahannach; Gyokeres, Radulovic (J.Davies 69).

Subs not used: Collings (GK), Moore.

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