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Key Moments: Albion V Southampton

By Kieran Cleeves • 29 August 2018

Brighton & Hove Albion were close to forcing a penalty shootout at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday evening, but Charlie Austin’s late header won the Carabao Cup contest for Southampton, as the Seagulls exited the competition. Here are some key moments from the match.

Stepping Up

Chris Hughton introduced three under-23 players to the starting line-up, as Ben Barclay, Viktor Gyokeres and Will Collar made their first-team debuts for the club. The trio came up against Premier League opposition for the first time in their careers, and despite the outing ending in defeat, the match provided them with a beneficial experience.

Barclay Gets Back

David Button was there to palm away Mohamed Elyounoussi’s close-range header, but when the ball dropped to Maya Yoshida inside the penalty area, the Japanese defender looked destined to score for the Saints. But Barclay raced back to put himself between Yoshida and the back of the net, and the young defender was able to make an excellent clearance to keep the game level.

Gyokeres Goes Close

Yves Bissouma showed excellent close control and vision to race down the right wing and pick out Gyokeres at the back post with an inch-perfect cross. The Swedish winger headed back across goal from inside the penalty area and the ball looked to be creeping in at the far post, but Angus Gunn leaped across his goal line to claw the ball away from danger to deny the Seagulls an opener.

Bernardo’s Block

Following an error from Button, which allowed Sam Gallagher to steal possession, the ball was laid back for Charlie Austin inside the penalty area and the striker side-footed towards the bottom corner. However, with Barclay and Bernardo both racing back to stand on the goal line, the Brazilian defender managed to clear the forward’s close-range effort with his outstretched leg in the 84th minute.

Impact Subs

Mark Hughes introduced Austin and Nathan Redmond in the 81st minute at the Amex Stadium, and the pair looked lively from the moment they entered the field. Austin was thwarted by Bernardo’s goal-line clearance, but the striker wasn’t to be denied when Redmond delivered a cross into the danger zone from the left wing. The 29-year-old showed excellent movement to lose his marker before confidently heading past Button to win the game.

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