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02 November 2018 Venue The Amex Elite Football Performance Centre Attendance

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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2
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Everton PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Hugo Keto
    GK
  • 2
    Ben White
    DF
  • 3
    Markus Suttner
    DF
  • 4
    Max Sanders
    MF
  • 5
    Ben Barclay (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Warren O'Hora
    DF
  • 7
    Anders Dreyer
    MF
  • 8
    Mathias Normann
    MF
  • 9
    Aaron Connolly
    FW
  • 10
    Viktor Gyokeres
    FW
  • 11
    George Cox
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Alex Cochrane
    SUB
  • 13
    Billy Collings
    SUB
  • 14
    Archie Davies
    SUB
  • 15
    Jordan Davies
    SUB
  • 16
    James Tilley
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

4-4-2
  • 1
    Joe Hilton
    GK
  • 2
    Kyle John
    DF
  • 3
    Harry Charsley
    DF
  • 4
    Ryan Astley
    MF
  • 5
    Tyias Browning
    DF
  • 6
    Morgan Feeney (C)
    DF
  • 7
    Josh Bowler
    MF
  • 8
    Nathangelo Markelo
    MF
  • 9
    Bassala Sambou
    FW
  • 10
    Dennis Adeniran
    FW
  • 11
    Nathan Broadhead
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Shayne Lavery
    SUB
  • 13
    Mateusz Hewelt
    SUB
  • 14
    Anthony Gordon
    SUB
  • 15
    Manasse Mampala
    SUB
  • 16
    Ellis Simms
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    David Unsworth

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: ALBION V EVERTON

2 November 2018

Linton Rogers
Albion's under-23s host Everton in the Premier League 2 Division 1.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s welcome top-of-the-table Everton to the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre this evening - kick-off 7pm - knowing that victory would move them above the Toffees to the summit.

Simon Rusk’s side momentarily topped the league table on Saturday afternoon, following their 3-2 victory against Chelsea, but wins for Everton and Derby County saw the Seagulls drop to third.

But with the Toffees visiting the south coast for the second time this season, after September’s 2-2 draw in the Premier League International Cup, Albion can reclaim top position with their fifth league win of the campaign.

Aaron Connolly notched his tenth and 11th goals of the season after Viktor Gyokeres dispatched from the penalty spot against Chelsea, and despite the Blues bringing the score back to 3-2, Albion held on for maximum points.

Everton sealed a narrow 1-0 victory over Manchester City on their last league outing, but tasted defeat in the Checkatrade Trophy as they lost 3-2 to Oldham Athletic on Tuesday evening.

Tonight’s meeting will be the third time the sides have played at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre in just under nine months and Albion maintain an unbeaten record.

Ben Barclay levelled the game with a front-post header in September, before James Tilley prodded Albion in front, but Ellis Simms struck for the Toffees to earn a share of the spoils on the south coast.

The Premier League Cup provided the competition back in March, and goals from Gyokeres, Connolly and former Albion man Jiri Skalak sealed a comfortable 3-0 victory to beat their top-tier opponents.

But after last season’s promotion to the Premier League 2 Division 1, Albion will come up against Everton for the first time in league competition and top spot is the prize up for grabs.

Albion supporters can follow a live text blog on the Match Centre, with a report and gallery to go online shortly after the full-time whistle.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: ALBION 1 EVERTON 2

2 November 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion's under-23s tussle with Everton inside the penalty area.
  • Albion’s under-23s are beaten 2-1 by Everton
  • Nathangelo Markelo and Josh Bowler strike for the Toffees
  • Aaron Connolly replies with his 12th goal of the season
  • The Seagulls remain third in the Premier League 2 Division 1

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s were denied top spot in the Premier League 2 Division 1 as they narrowly lost 2-1 against high-flying Everton at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.

Goals from Nathangelo Markelo and Josh Bowler gave the visitors a two-goal lead on the south coast, and despite Aaron Connolly’s 12th goal of the season, the Seagulls were unable to avoid defeat.

Albion made a composed start to the game as they enjoyed the majority of possession inside the opening ten minutes, stroking the ball around the pitch but with a lack of cutting edge in the final third.

Despite putting Everton on the back-foot, the visitors took the lead on 14 minutes in unusual fashion, as Markelo closed down Hugo Keto and blocked the goalkeeper’s clearance, which sent the ball trickling over the goal line.

Mathias Normann went in search of an equaliser up the other end, as he shifted the ball onto his left foot and drilled towards goal, but the Norwegian’s fierce effort was bravely blocked by an Everton defender.

Shortly after the hour mark a free-flowing Albion move ended with George Cox being taken down on the fringes of the penalty area — but despite a few appeals the referee awarded a free-kick instead of pointing to the spot.

The resulting set-piece was played short to Anders Dreyer on the edge of the 18-yard box, but the Dane’s powerful, goal-bound effort took a deflection and dropped just wide of the target.

Connolly’s prodded effort at the front post was then smothered by Toffees shot-stopper Joe Hilton, before Cox had another strong penalty appeal turned down after an opposing defender tugged his shirt.

The Seagulls returned for the second half and Gyokeres went closest to levelling the contest, but the Swede’s curling effort from Dreyer’s weighted pass into the box was tipped over.

An Albion corner then fell invitingly for Ben White at the back post, but the defender was unable to anticipate the ball travelling through a crowd of bodies and Hilton was there to sweep up.

Simon Rusk introduced the fresh legs of Jordan Davies midway through the second half, and Gyokeres soon followed up with another attempt for his team, but saw his angled drive gathered at the near post.

Normann came agonisingly close to gaining the reward for his team’s pressure, but after unleashing a fierce shot on goal from 20 yards, the ball cannoned back off the crossbar and the visitors managed to clear.

A moment of quality was required in the closing stages but unfortunately for the Seagulls it was their Merseyside opponents who produced it, as Bowler picked out the top corner with a curling effort on 86 minutes to extend the lead.

Albion flooded the penalty area in the final moments and Connolly benefited from Hilton spilling the ball to simply halve the deficit from a matter of yards, but it proved too late for the Seagulls, who tasted league defeat for only the second time this season.

ALBION: Keto; White, Barclay, O’Hora (A.Davies 76), Suttner; Dreyer (J.Davies 68), Normann, Sanders, Cox (Tilley 84); Connolly, Gyokeres.

Subs not used: Collings (GK), Cochrane.

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