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01 October 2018 Venue Loughborough University Stadium Attendance Referee David Rock

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Derby County PL2
1 - 0
FT
Brighton and Hove Albion PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Henrich Ravas
    GK
  • 2
    Joe Bateman
    DF
  • 3
    Calum Macdonald
    DF
  • 4
    Max Bird (C)
    MF
  • 5
    Curtis Davies
    DF
  • 6
    Lee Buchanan
    DF
  • 7
    Kyle McAllister
    MF
  • 8
    Jacob Butterfield
    MF
  • 9
    Cameron Cresswell
    FW
  • 10
    Louie Sibley
    FW
  • 11
    Jayden Mitchell-Lawson
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Sven Karic
    SUB
  • 13
    Josh Barnes
    SUB
  • 14
    Jack Stretton
    SUB
  • 15
    Jason Knight
    SUB
  • 16
    Aaron Eyoma
    SUB

Manager

  • -

4-4-2
  • 1
    Jason Steele
    GK
  • 2
    Archie Davies
    DF
  • 3
    George Cox
    DF
  • 4
    Will Collar
    MF
  • 5
    Ben Barclay (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Leo Ostigard
    DF
  • 7
    Anders Dreyer
    MF
  • 8
    Jordan Davies
    MF
  • 9
    Aaron Connolly
    FW
  • 10
    Viktor Gyokeres
    FW
  • 11
    James Tilley
    MF

Substitutes

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

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: DERBY COUNTY V ALBION

1 October 2018

Linton Rogers
Albion's under-23s play Derby County at Loughborough University.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s play their final league game before the international break, as they take on Derby County at Loughborough University this evening, kick-off 7pm.

The Seagulls remain the only unbeaten side in the Premier League 2 Division 1, having won two and drawn four of their opening six games in the top flight.

Simon Rusk’s team occupy sixth position ahead of tonight’s game against the Rams, and victory in the East Midlands could move Albion into top spot, depending on results going to plan elsewhere.

Aaron Connolly fired a stoppage-time equaliser in the closing stages of last Monday’s game against Leicester City, as the Seagulls secured a hard-earned 2-2 draw to extend their unbeaten run.

Albion had previously come from behind to beat West Ham United 2-1 at the Amex Stadium, which followed an emphatic 5-0 victory over Manchester City and three successive draws against Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

Tonight’s opponents sit two points and two places behind Albion in the league table, with a 3-2 defeat to Manchester City coming in their most recent fixture.

But the Rams have also recorded 1-0 victories over Chelsea and Everton in their last four games, and will be looking to leapfrog the Seagulls in the league table with maximum points in Loughborough.

Albion will then turn their attention to the Checkatrade Trophy after this evening’s game — Albion travel to the ABAX Stadium to face League One side Peterborough United on Tuesday 9th October.

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

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: DERBY COUNTY 1 ALBION 0

1 October 2018

Oliver Milligan/Derby County
Jordan Davies challenges for the ball against Derby County.
  • Albion lose their first league game of the season
  • Jacob Butterfield fires an impressive long-range winner
  • Viktor Gyokeres has Albion’s best chance at 0-0
  • The Seagulls now play Peterborough United in the Checkatrade Trophy

Brighton & Hove Albion’s impressive unbeaten start to the Premier League 2 Division 1 season came to an end this evening, as they were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Derby County at Loughborough University.

It took a moment of genuine quality to win the game — Jacob Butterfield’s stunning effort flew into the top corner from long distance to seal victory for the hosts, despite Albion’s best efforts to get back in the game.

Simon Rusk gave summer signing Leo Ostigard his Albion debut alongside Ben Barclay in defence, while first-team goalkeeper Jason Steele came into the side in place of Hugo Keto.

The hosts enjoyed the greater share of possession inside the opening stages of the game, with Jayden Mitchell-Lawson looking lively down the left wing and Butterfield showing his presence in the centre of the park.

But Albion held their shape well and showed discipline across the pitch, as they restricted their opponents and allowed them no success inside the final third.

Jordan Davies floated a free-kick towards the back post, which Ostigard rose to meet in space, but the Norwegian’s header looped over the crossbar.

Albion survived a scare when Louie Sibley’s powerful effort from inside the penalty area cannoned back off the crossbar just after the half-hour mark, following some neat wing play from Mitchell-Lawson again.

Aaron Connolly was next to try his luck, as he received the ball, turned and fired towards goal from 25 yards, but the Irishman’s dipping effort dropped just over the crossbar.

Anders Dreyer then had a low drive blocked from just outside the 18-yard box, before Rams defender Joe Bateman showed a lack of composure to head over from close range.

Gyokeres found himself racing through on goal just before the break, following a neat pass from James Tilley, but the linesman’s flag was raised for offside and the sides went in level.

Albion’s Swedish frontman beat the offside trap shortly after returning for the second half, as he surged forward and had just Henrich Ravas to beat, but his side-footed effort rolled agonisingly wide.

Steele then made an important save at the feet of Cameron Cresswell, before Ostigard bravely threw himself in front of McAllister’s ferocious drive to block the winger’s goal-bound shot.

A moment of quality was required to break the deadlock, and unfortunately for the Seagulls, it came from experienced Rams midfielder Jacob Butterfield, who rifled a shot into the top corner from 25 yards.

Warren O’Hora, Alex Cochrane and Mathias Normann all entered the fray as Rusk rolled the dice in search of an equaliser, but the organised hosts continued to be difficult to break down.

Archie Davies kept his team in the game with an excellent last-ditch challenge in stoppage time, and seconds after Barclay’s late header looped over the crossbar, the final whistle was blown to end Albion’s undefeated league run.

ALBION: Steele; A.Davies, Barclay, Ostigard (O’Hora 66), Cox (Cochrane 72); Dreyer (Normann 79), Collar, J.Davies, Tilley; Gyokeres, Connolly.

Subs not used: Keto (GK), Gwargis.

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