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19 October 2018 Venue Amex Stadium Attendance

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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2
2 - 1
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Blackburn Rovers PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Jason Steele
    GK
  • 2
    Archie Davies
    DF
  • 3
    George Cox
    DF
  • 4
    Mathias Normann
    MF
  • 5
    Ben Barclay (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Leo Ostigard
    DF
  • 7
    Anders Dreyer
    MF
  • 8
    Jordan Davies
    MF
  • 9
    Aaron Connolly
    FW
  • 10
    Stefan Ljubicic
    FW
  • 11
    Peter Gwargis
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Warren O'Hora
    SUB
  • 13
    Hugo Keto
    SUB
  • 14
    Owen Moore
    SUB
  • 15
    Max Sanders
    SUB
  • 16
    Viktor Gyokeres
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

4-4-2
  • 1
    Andy Fisher
    GK
  • 2
    Charley Doyle
    DF
  • 3
    Jack Evans
    DF
  • 4
    Jacob Davenport
    MF
  • 5
    Hayden Carter
    DF
  • 6
    Joe Grayson (C)
    DF
  • 7
    John Buckley
    MF
  • 8
    Lewis Travis
    MF
  • 9
    Okera Simmonds
    FW
  • 10
    Danny Butterworth
    FW
  • 11
    Brad Lyons
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Stefan Mols
    SUB
  • 13
    Charlie Albinson
    SUB
  • 14
    George Wilson
    SUB
  • 15
    Jack Vale
    SUB
  • 16
    Mitchel Candlin
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Damien Johnson

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: ALBION V BLACKBURN ROVERS

19 October 2018

Linton Rogers
Albion's under-23s welcome Blackburn Rovers to the Amex Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s will look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League 2 Division 1 when Blackburn Rovers visit the Amex Stadium this evening, kick-off 7pm.

Simon Rusk’s team secured an impressive penalty-shootout victory in the Checkatrade Trophy before the international break, but a first league defeat of the season came beforehand against Derby County.

It came after six unbeaten matches to open their first debut season in the top flight, which included an emphatic 5-0 victory over Manchester City and late equalisers against Arsenal and Leicester City.

The Seagulls will have taken confidence from their impressive recovery in the Checkatrade Trophy, which saw them come back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against League One opponents Peterborough United.

Tonight’s opponents joined Albion in the top tier this season after winning the Premier League 2 Division 2, but Rovers are without a victory inside their opening seven matches of the campaign.

Damien Johnson’s side recorded draws against Arsenal and Swansea City in September, but the month ended with a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the north west.

The Seagulls took four points from their two meetings with Rovers last season, as the teams drew 2-2 on the south coast, before Rusk’s side produced a solid performance to win 2-0 at the Lancashire FA.

After tonight’s league encounter, Albion welcome Benfica to the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on Monday evening in the Premier League International Cup.

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

Season-ticket holders can attend the game for free and secure their print-at-home tickets on seagullstickets.com, while non-season-ticket holders can purchase tickets, priced at £5 for adults and £2 for under-16s and supporters 65 and over.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: ALBION 2 BLACKBURN ROVERS 1

19 October 2018

Kieran Cleeves
Ben Barclay celebrates his 89th-minute winner against Blackburn Rovers.
  • Albion come from behind to defeat Blackburn Rovers
  • Okera Simmonds opens the scoring for the visitors
  • Aaron Connolly scores equalising goal in the second half
  • Ben Barclay heads the winner in the closing stages

Brighton & Hove Albion under-23s came from behind to beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at the Amex Stadium on Friday evening thanks to a late winner from Ben Barclay.

Blackburn played their part in an entertaining game, taking an early lead through striker Okera Simmonds.

Albion equalised 11 minutes after the break through Aaron Connolly’s header and the striker nearly added a second when his shot from outside the box hit the crossbar with four minutes remaining.

But just when it looked as if the Seagulls would have to settle for a point, skipper Barclay headed in the winner in the final minute of normal time.

The visitors made the perfect start when they went ahead in the third minute.

Simmonds was brought down on the edge of the box and took responsibility for the free kick himself, curling a right-foot shot over the wall and into the top left-hand corner.

The goal filled Rovers with confidence and Albion goalkeeper Jason Steele made an excellent save to deny Danny Butterworth from doubling their lead in the 27th minute.

Albion gradually worked their way back into the contest and created their best first-half chance in the 39th minute when Connolly’s chip beat keeper Andy Fisher but just cleared the crossbar as well.

At the other end Rovers created another good opening two minutes later. Midfielder Jacob Davenport’s pass found Butterworth in space but his shot lacked sufficient power and Steele made a relatively easy save.

Albion made two changes at the break, introducing Max Sanders and Viktor Gyokeres and they drew level in the 56th minute with a fine goal. Left-back George Cox made a terrific break and delivered a cross which Connolly attacked at the near post ahead of his marker and guided a close-range header past Fisher.

The hosts should have taken the lead in the 65th minute. Blackburn keeper Fisher spilled Cox’s cross but Anders Dreyer steered the loose ball wide when anything on target would have given the Seagulls a second goal.

As the game entered the final 20 minutes both sides pushed for a winner. Rovers displayed their prowess from free-kicks again when John Buckley met Butterworth’s delivery and Steele had to push his header away and Butterworth had another chance in the 77th minute but his angled effort flew wide of the far post.

At the other end Jordan Davies stung Fisher’s palms with a drive from the edge of the box before Connolly had his head in his hands in frustration after seeing his curling effort from 20 yards hit the crossbar with four minutes to go.

It looked as if Albion’s best chance of claiming three points had gone but in the final minute of normal time Barclay’s glancing header from J.Davies' left-wing corner beat Fisher and flew inside the right-hand post.

There was a stoppage-time scare for Albion when Mitchel Candlin’s header landed on top of the net with Steele beaten but Simon Rusk’s men hung on for three hard-earned points.

Albion line-up: Steele, Davies (Moore 57), Cox, Barclay, Normann, Dreyer, Ostigard, Davies, Gwargis (Gyokeres 45), Connolly, Ljubicic (Sanders 45).

Subs not used: O’Hora, Keto.

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