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26 November 2018 Venue Landore Training Centre Attendance Referee Richard Hulme

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Swansea City PL2
2 - 3
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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Steven Benda
    GK
  • 2
    Tyler Reid
    DF
  • 3
    Aaron Lewis
    DF
  • 4
    Adnan Maric (C)
    MF
  • 5
    Brandon Cooper
    DF
  • 6
    Joe Lewis
    DF
  • 7
    Jordan Garrick
    MF
  • 8
    Adam King
    MF
  • 9
    Liam Cullen
    FW
  • 10
    Simon Paulet
    FW
  • 11
    Keiran Evans
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Oliver Cooper
    SUB
  • 13
    Gregor Zabret
    SUB
  • 14
    Jordi Govea
    SUB
  • 15
    Kees De Boer
    SUB
  • 16
    Ryan Blair
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Gary Richards & Cameron Toshack

4-2-3-1
  • 1
    Hugo Keto
    GK
  • 2
    Ben White
    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
    Jordan Davies
    MF
  • 11
    Viktor Gyokeres
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Alex Cochrane
    SUB
  • 13
    Billy Collings
    SUB
  • 14
    Archie Davies
    SUB
  • 15
    Warren O'Hora
    SUB
  • 16
    Stefan Ljubicic
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: ANOTHER TRIP TO SWANSEA

26 November 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion midfielder Max Sanders picks out a team-mate.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s return to Premier League 2 Division 1 action this evening, when they take on Swansea City at the Landore Training Ground, kick-off 7pm.

Simon Rusk’s team have visited Swansea’s training ground three times over the past two seasons — twice in the Premier League Cup and once in league competition.

Albion have ran the Swans close on all three occasions, but two 1-0 defeats came during the 2016/17 campaign, before last season’s penalty shootout loss after drawing 1-1 in normal time.

The Seagulls occupy fifth position in the league table ahead of tonight’s top-flight match, while the Welsh club sit one place off bottom spot, having taken seven points from their opening ten matches.

Rusk’s side recently sealed an impressive 3-2 victory over MK Dons in the Checkatrade Trophy  with top goalscorer Aaron Connolly firing a hat-trick — before edging past Lewes in the Sussex Senior Cup.

Swansea were also victorious in the Checkatrade Trophy — a 1-0 victory over Charlton Athletic at The Valley secured top spot in their group to qualify for the knockout stages.

Victory for the Seagulls this evening will move them above Manchester City and Chelsea into third position, as Rusk’s young side reach the halfway stage of their 2018/19 league campaign.

Albion supporters can follow live text updates on Twitter or a live text blog on the Match Centre this evening, with a report and reaction published online shortly after the full-time whistle.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: SWANSEA CITY 2 ALBION 3

26 November 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion under-23 forward Viktor Gyokeres in action.
  • Albion record stunning comeback victory
  • Liam Cullen and Keiran Evans put the hosts 2-0 ahead
  • Aaron Connolly nets twice for the Seagulls
  • Viktor Gyokeres hits late winner to clinch three points

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s produced an exceptional second-half performance to complete a remarkable comeback from two goals down to beat Swansea City 3-2 at the Landore Training Ground this evening.

After going behind to early goals from Liam Cullen and Keiran Evans, the Seagulls showed determination and character to turn the game around, thanks to a brace from Aaron Connolly and Viktor Gyokeres’s 90th-minute winner.

There were also three assists for Ben White, as the full-back showed pinpoint accuracy to find his team-mates, who showed their clinical nature in front of Swansea’s goal.

Simon Rusk welcomed back Leo Ostigard to the heart of Albion’s defence, while Jordan Davies lined up behind top goalscorer Connolly in the number ten position.

Albion made a positive start to the contest, creating two chances inside the opening minutes, but Connolly’s angled shot flew just wide, before Gyokeres powered a header past the far post.

Despite their early pressure, the Seagulls fell behind in the tenth minute from a long throw-in, as the ball dropped kindly for Cullen inside the penalty area, which allowed the striker to finish low past Hugo Keto.

It proved just the start of a disappointing period for Rusk’s team, because just six minutes later they found themselves 2-0 behind, when Evans picked out the bottom corner from long distance.

The Seagulls had done themselves no favours and quickly went in search of halving the deficit, but Anders Dreyer’s firm effort at the back post was blocked after George Cox picked out the Danish winger.

Albion returned for the second half and enjoyed more of the ball leading into the hour mark, but a string of corners caused little trouble for the hosts, as the Swans defended well to quash any potential danger.

Rusk was forced into his first change of the game in the 64th minute, as Davies went down with an ankle injury, which opened the door for his namesake Archie to enter the field as his replacement.

Despite being two goals behind, the Seagulls continued to work hard and were rewarded with a lifeline in the 74th minute, and it was Connolly who latched onto White’s searching pass and finished for his 16th goal of the season.

Just two minutes later and Connolly extended that tally further to draw the game level — a fine pass from Davies released White down the right wing and the full-back picked out the Irishman, who confidently dispatched to make it 2-2.

Gyokeres was inches away from completely turning the game on its head in the 79th minute, but the Swede’s powerful header from Dreyer’s cross hit the underside of the crossbar and arguably looked to have crossed the goal line.

Both sides looked determined to find a winning goal and just moments before the fourth official lifted the board to signal three minutes of additional time, the Seagulls completed their breathtaking turnaround.

Another brilliant pass from White released Gyokeres into the final third, and the Swede showed composure to poke the ball past the onrushing Swans goalkeeper to find the back of the net and seal three hard-earned points for the Seagulls.

The result moved Albion into third position in the Premier League 2 Division 1, and Rusk’s team welcome Leicester City to the south coast in their next fixture on Monday 10th December.

ALBION: Keto; White, Barclay, Ostigard, Cox; Sanders, Normann; Dreyer, J.Davies (A.Davies 64), Gyokeres; Connolly.

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

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