Piggot (pen) '83
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-21s were knocked out of the Barclays Premier League Cup following a 1-0 defeat to Charlton Athletic at the PHB Stadium.
Joe Piggot’s 80th minute penalty was enough to send the Addicks through to the last-16 after a closely-contested affair in Kent.
The game started in a lively fashion with chances for both sides, as Albion’s Chike Kandi shot over the bar before Piggot also saw his effort go off target for the hosts.
Piggot was involved in the thick of the action again after linking up well with Archie Edwards, but his cross was just missed by Ollie Maldoon inside the box.
The Londoners started the second half well and a free-flowing move resulted in an effort from Jack Munns which forced Seagulls keeper Christian Walton into a fine save.
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Piggot continued to be a threat for the hosts and his header towards goal was narrowly deflected behind for a corner.
Albion rallied in the final 20 minutes and came close when Glen Rea saw his long-distance strike go wide, before the Republic of Ireland under-21 defender ended a slick Seagulls move with another off-target effort.
But it was Charlton that scored the only decisive goal of the tie after Dylan Barnett brought Muldoon down in the area and Piggot converted the subsequent spot-kick past Walton.
The final ten minutes were rather frenetic, as Muldoon, Kadell Daniel and Danny Pappoe all entered the referee’s book for a fracas after a strong tackle on Jesse Starkey.
Simon Ireland’s side drove forward in a bid to send the tie into extra time, but the Addicks claimed victory and set up a meeting with Huddersfield Town in the next round.
ALBION: Walton; Barry, Dallison, Pappoe, Barnett (Davis 83); Rea, Harris, Toko; Starkey, Kandi, Muitt. Subs not used: Smith (GK) Barclay, Wiltshire.