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14 September 2018 Venue Amex Stadium Attendance Referee Gary Parsons

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Brighton and Hove Albion PL2
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West Ham United PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Hugo Keto
    GK
  • 2
    Archie Davies
    DF
  • 3
    Alex Cochrane
    DF
  • 4
    Will Collar
    MF
  • 5
    Ben Barclay (C)
    DF
  • 6
    Warren O'Hora
    DF
  • 7
    Anders Dreyer
    MF
  • 8
    Mathias Normann
    MF
  • 9
    Aaron Connolly
    FW
  • 10
    Florin Andone
    FW
  • 11
    Viktor Gyokeres
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Owen Moore
    SUB
  • 13
    Billy Collings
    SUB
  • 14
    Jordan Davies
    SUB
  • 15
    James Tilley
    SUB
  • 16
    Stefan Ljubicic
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

4-4-2
  • 1
    Joseph Anang
    GK
  • 2
    Ben Johnson
    DF
  • 3
    Mason Barrett
    DF
  • 4
    Conor Coventry
    MF
  • 5
    Tunji Akinola
    DF
  • 6
    Reece Oxford (C)
    DF
  • 7
    Grady Diangana
    MF
  • 8
    Alfie Lewis
    MF
  • 9
    Xande Silva
    FW
  • 10
    Bernardo Rosa
    FW
  • 11
    Joe Powell
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Aji Alese
    SUB
  • 13
    Daniel Jinadu
    SUB
  • 14
    Sean Adarkwa
    SUB
  • 15
    Emmanuel Longelo
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Terry Westley

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: ALBION V WEST HAM UNITED

14 September 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s return to Premier League 2 Division 1 action against West Ham United at the Amex Stadium this evening, kick-off 7pm.

The Seagulls are four matches unbeaten in the league, but tasted defeat in the Checkatrade Trophy last time out, as Luton Town claimed a narrow 2-1 win at Kenilworth Road.

Simon Rusk’s team have made an eye-catching start to the season, which included their emphatic 5-0 win against Manchester City at the Broadfield Stadium a fortnight ago.

Albion had drawn a hat-trick of games prior to City’s visit, as Rusk’s team picked up points in games against Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur - two of which came away from home.


City visited the Broadfield Stadium sitting top of the league, but the Seagulls outclassed their opponents on the night, as goals from Viktor Gyokeres, Haydon Roberts, Aaron Connolly (2) and James Tilley sealed victory.

Tonight’s opponents opened the campaign with a 3-1 victory against Tottenham Hotspur on the road, but followed that up with successive home defeats to Manchester City and Arsenal.

The Hammers conceded nine goals in their back-to-back losses but bounced back with an impressive 2-1 away victory against Liverpool at their training ground.

Rusk’s side met the Hammers four times during the 2016/17 season, in both the Premier League 2 Division 2 and Premier League Cup, and Albion claimed three victories and one draw.

The Seagulls twice beat their east London opponents 3-0 on the south coast, while a 3-1 victory and a goalless draw came from their two meetings in the capital.

Season ticket holders can watch this evening's game for free - tickets must be booked in advance and are available at BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com/Tickets and via the Albion Booking Line on 0844 327 1901.

Tickets can be issued as print at home (avoiding the booking fee), posted, or collected from the stadium (booking fee applies for post & collect).

All tickets will be located in the West Lower stand, with unreserved seating (tickets will not be loaded to season cards).

Tickets for non season ticket holders are priced as follows:

Adult £5.00

Under 16 £2.00

65+ £2.00

Supporters can also follow the game with West Ham United this evening on the Match Centre, as well as via the club’s official Twitter feed, whilst a report and gallery will be uploaded after the full-time whistle.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: ALBION 2 WEST HAM UNITED 1

14 September 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Aaron Connolly celebrates his winning goal against West Ham United.
  • Albion seal a 2-1 victory against West Ham United
  • Grady Diangana breaks the deadlock for the Hammers
  • Viktor Gyokeres and Aaron Connolly reply for the Seagulls
  • Florin Andone plays 45 minutes at the Amex Stadium

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s came from behind to grind out a 2-1 victory over West Ham United at the Amex Stadium this evening, which put Simon Rusk’s team top of the Premier League 2 Division 1.

Grady Diangana fired home to give the visitors a first-half lead, but goals after the break from Viktor Gyokeres and Aaron Connolly sealed three points and extended Albion’s unbeaten start in the league.

Florin Andone was named in Rusk’s starting line-up for the game against the Hammers, while Warren O’Hora also came into the team for his first appearance of the season.

Neither side were able to produce the quality needed to open the scoring inside the opening ten minutes of the game, as the majority of the play took place in the middle third of the pitch, despite efforts to break forward.

Connolly had the ball in the back of the net on 12 minutes, when he brilliantly helped on Alex Cochrane’s cross and saw the ball nestle in the bottom corner - but the linesman’s flag was raised for offside.

Hugo Keto was then called into action, after the Seagulls failed to clear a low cross into the six-yard box - the shot-stopper made an excellent reaction save to parry Diangana’s powerful effort away from goal.

Diangana looked a threat for the Hammers down the right flank, and his accurate finish from inside the penalty area broke the deadlock after 20 minutes, as he picked out the top corner from close range.

The visitors could have made it 2-0 soon afterwards, as Xande Silva broke forward and had just Keto to beat, but the striker’s angled effort sailed inches wide of the target to Albion’s relief.

Rusk’s team tried to work openings of their own, but the better chances continued to fall for the east London club, with Keto tipping Conor Coventry’s curling effort around the post shortly before the interval.

Albion slowly worked their way back into the game after the break, as they enjoyed more possession than their opponents, but Joseph Anang in the Hammers goal remained untested.

Joe Powell was inches away from doubling West Ham’s lead when his free-kick from 25 yards dropped the wrong side of the top corner, before Jordan Davies had a fierce shot blocked up the other end.

The Seagulls grew into the half and found the equalising goal they required, and it was a clinical finish from Gyokeres inside the penalty area, which saw the Swede volley into the far corner after pouncing on a loose ball.

Three minutes later and the turnaround was complete. Connolly held up the ball on the halfway line and picked out Anders Dreyer with a cross-field pass - the Dane cuts inside and whipped the ball towards the back post, where Connolly was to convert and make it 2-1.

The Irishman came agonisingly close to extending Albion’s lead and sealing his brace moments later, but his powerful scissor-kick from Archie Davies’s cross was brilliantly tipped over the crossbar by Anang.

Connolly then bent a shot just wide of the target in stoppage time, but Albion were able to claim all three points with their two second-half strikes, as they continued their impressive start to the season.

ALBION: Keto; A.Davies, Barclay, O’Hora, Cochrane; Dreyer, Normann, Collar (Tilley 70), Gyokeres; Andone (J.Davies 46), Connolly.

Subs not used: Collings (GK), Moore, Ljubicic.

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