- Jack Stacey scored the winning goal for Reading.
- Albion’s first game in almost three weeks.
- The Seagulls are next in action against Bolton on 20th April.
- Albion sit eighth in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Division Two.
Brighton & Hove Albion under-21 coach Simon Rusk was magnanimous in defeat after his side were beaten 1-0 by Reading.
Jack Stacey’s strike was enough to claim all three points for the Royals and Rusk admitted that the Berkshire side were marginally the better team.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “I thought that in the first half it was quite a tight game that we edged, although neither team had created a goalscoring opportunity.
“They pressed us very aggressively early on in the game but we came out unscathed from that. Then we had a period of pressure when we’ve had six or seven corners, but our final ball wasn’t good enough.
“We looked a threat in the final third, but we didn’t knock on the door hard enough. Reading probably deserve to win the game on the basis of their second-half display."
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“Three weeks is a long period of time without a game, it showed a little bit and our overall pattern of play wasn’t what it has been in.
“But I have said to the lads that we didn’t play well enough in the second half to get something out of this game.”
ALBION: Doherty (GK); Barry, White, Pappoe, Hunt (Barnett); Muitt (Wiltshire), Rea, Harris; Deen (Fenelon), Tilley, Starkey. Subs not used: Smith (GK), Mar-Larusson.