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2-2
24 September 2018 Venue Holmes Park Attendance

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Leicester City PL2
2 - 2
FT
Brighton and Hove Albion PL2

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Viktor Johansson
    GK
  • 2
    Danny Simpson
    DF
  • 3
    Callum Elder
    DF
  • 4
    Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
    MF
  • 5
    Josh Knight
    DF
  • 6
    Darnell Johnson (C)
    DF
  • 7
    Louis Ramsay
    MF
  • 8
    Andy King
    MF
  • 9
    Ryan Loft
    FW
  • 10
    Raul Uche Rubio
    FW
  • 11
    Callum Wright
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Alex Pascanu
    SUB
  • 13
    Rhys Davies
    SUB
  • 14
    Lamine Kaba Sherif
    SUB
  • 15
    Liandro Martis
    SUB
  • 16
    Khanya Lashabela
    SUB

Manager

  • -

4-4-2
  • 1
    Hugo Keto
    GK
  • 2
    Archie Davies
    DF
  • 3
    Alex Cochrane
    DF
  • 4
    Will Collar
    MF
  • 5
    Ben White
    DF
  • 6
    Ben Barclay (C)
    DF
  • 7
    Anders Dreyer
    MF
  • 8
    Jordan Davies
    MF
  • 9
    Aaron Connolly
    FW
  • 10
    Viktor Gyokeres
    FW
  • 11
    Jose Izquierdo
    MF

Substitutes

  • 12
    Owen Moore
    SUB
  • 13
    Billy Collings
    SUB
  • 14
    Peter Gwargis
    SUB
  • 15
    James Tilley
    SUB
  • 16
    Warren O'Hora
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Simon Rusk

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Match Previews

U23 PREVIEW: LEICESTER CITY V ALBION

24 September 2018

Linton Rogers
Albion's under-23s play Leicester City at Holmes Park.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s will look to continue their unbeaten start to the Premier League 2 Division 1 season, when they take on Leicester City at Holmes Park this evening, kick-off 7pm.

The Seagulls can reclaim top spot with victory over the Foxes, while tonight’s opponents need just a draw to reach the league summit, as they currently sit two points ahead of Simon Rusk’s side.

Albion remain the only unbeaten team in the league, having drawn their opening three matches before claiming victories over Manchester City and West Ham United on home soil.

Points were taken from games against Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, before an emphatic 5-1 win against City and a narrow 2-1 comeback victory over the Hammers at the Amex Stadium.

Goals from Aaron Connolly and Viktor Gyokeres overturned West Ham’s lead on the south coast, as the forward pair took their goal tallies to five and three respectively.

Albion then welcomed Everton to the south coast in the Premier League International Cup, and despite overturning an early goal to lead 2-1, thanks to goals from Ben Barclay and James Tilley, the Toffees hit back to claim a point.

Tonight’s opponents are three league matches unbeaten heading into the match, with these most recent 1-1 draw against Chelsea coming after convincing victories over Blackburn Rovers and Derby County.

The Foxes tasted their only defeat to league leaders Everton at Goodison Park, but opened the campaign with a narrow 1-0 victory against Swansea City at the King Power Stadium.

The Seagulls return to the Midlands next weekend for a match against Derby, and Rusk’s team will be desperate to keep their unbeaten record intact going into the fixture.

Albion supporters can follow a live text blog from the Match Centre this evening, with a match report being uploaded after the game.

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Match Reports

U23 REPORT: LEICESTER CITY 2 ALBION 2

24 September 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Aaron Connolly celebrates with Viktor Gyokeres.
  • Albion’s under-23s draw 2-2 with Leicester City
  • Anders Dreyer opens the scoring against the Foxes
  • Callum Wright and Hugo Keto (OG) put Leicester ahead
  • Aaron Connolly fires late equaliser for the Seagulls

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s scored a stoppage-time equaliser to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League 2 Division 1, as they drew 2-2 against Leicester City at Holmes Park.

Goals either side of half-time cancelled out Anders Dreyer’s opener against the Foxes, but with a matter of minutes remaining on the clock, Aaron Connolly found the back of the net to claim a point in a dramatic finish.

Simon Rusk introduced Jose Izquierdo to the starting line-up, as the Colombian made his return from injury, while Archie Davies returned at right-back for the Seagulls.

The hosts began the game on the front foot and tested Hugo Keto inside the opening ten minutes, as Andy King’s powerful effort was parried away from goal by the Finnish goalkeeper.

Alex Cochrane delivered a delightful cross into the penalty area shortly afterwards, and with Connolly stooping to get his head on the ball, the Irishman’s unorthodox attempt dropped just wide of the target.

Viktor Gyokeres cut in and curled wide from 20 yards, before Connolly glanced a header behind at the back post - and Albion were then thankful for Keto’s heroics up the other end of the pitch.

Leicester midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall pulled the trigger from long distance and the ball flew towards the top corner, but Keto leaped to claw the ball away, before the home side’s follow-up effort was ruled out for offside.

Albion’s forward pairing linked up just after the hour mark when Gyokeres slipped a pass through for Connolly inside the box, but the striker’s bending effort dropped comfortably wide.

The Seagulls got the reward for their patient play in the 35th minute and it was Dreyer who came inside onto his left foot and found the bottom corner from long distance, as his low-driven effort took a deflection en route.

But the hosts got themselves back on level terms just four minutes before the break, and it was Callum Wright who attacked Louis Ramsay’s cross from the right wing and planted a header past Keto.

Albion returned for the second half and had to soak up some early pressure from the hosts, but the Foxes continued to pin the Seagulls back and found a second goal for their efforts.

Danny Simpson’s cross was headed against the post by Wright inside the penalty area, and Keto was unfortunate to see the ball hit his back and drop over the goal line to put the Foxes 2-1 ahead.

Second-half substitute James Tilley, who replaced Izquierdo at half-time, rose highest to meet a precise cross from Davies to the back post, but his tame header dropped wide of goal from close range.

Ben Barclay went close to levelling the game with four minutes remaining on the clock, but his downward header from Jordan Davies’s corner was blocked on the goal line.

However, just like they did at the Emirates Stadium, Rusk’s side showed their never-say-die attitude in stoppage time and Connolly clinically converted Barclay’s knock-down from a long free-kick into Leicester’s penalty area.

The Irishman’s 92nd-minute strike and sixth goal of the season was the last of the action at Holmes Park, as Albion extended their unbeaten league run to six matches.

ALBION: Keto; A.Davies, White, Barclay, Cochrane; Dreyer (Gwargis 75), Collar (O’Hora 89), J.Davies, Izquierdo (Tilley 46); Gyokeres, Connolly.

Subs not used: Collings (GK), Moore.

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