Simon Rusk's side were beaten in their first game of the competition.
- Albion start their Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a 2-0 defeat
- Uwe Huenemeier and Connor Goldson start for Albion
- David Mooney and Harry Kyprianou goals secure the win for Southend
- Brighton's next match in the competition is against Stevenage on 4th October
Brighton & Hove Albion began their Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a 2-0 defeat against Southend United at Roots Hall.
Goals from David Mooney and Harry Kyprianou gave the Shrimpers all three points, against a Seagulls team mostly comprised of under-21 players, along with Connor Goldson and Uwe Huenemeier - the duo both continuing their recovery from injuries.
Simon Rusk made five changes to the side that beat Fulham on Friday, including Goldson and Huenemeier coming into the heart of Albion’s defence.
The game started on a rather cagey note with few chances for either team, but the first real effort fell to Southend when Mooney fired over the bar from John White’s cross.
Will Collar then caught Jakub Sokolik in possession and found Joe Ward with a through ball, but the forward could not poke the ball beyond Shrimpers keeper Ted Smith.
Tyler Hornby-Forbes linked up well with Ward to set up Jesse Starkey on the left-hand side, but he shot wide with an angled strike.
Southend broke the deadlock with 35 minutes on the clock through Mooney who latched onto Ryan Leonard’s long pass, beat the offside trap and fired home beyond Robert Sanchez.
The Seagulls were awarded a free-kick in the closing stages of the first half, but Dessie Hutchinson fired his set piece over the bar.
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The hosts doubled their advantage four minutes after the restart when the ball dropped to Kyprianou inside the box and his deflected shot beat Sanchez.
Ward came close to pulling one back for Rusk’s side, but he blazed a close-range effort over the target.
The Shrimpers came close to adding a third goal just past the hour mark, but Sanchez made a fine low save to keep out Simon Cox’s shot.
Albion were dealt a blow when Hornby-Forbes was injured and had to be replaced by Ben Barclay.
The substitute then came within inches of scoring, but saw his header cannon off the woodwork.
Adam King could have extended Southend’s advantage, only to see his shot take a deflection off Huenemeier, and the game finished 2-0.
ALBION: Sanchez; White, Goldson (Harper 63), Huenemeier, Cadman; Collar, Hutchinson, Molumby; Hornby-Forbes (Barclay 69), Ward, Starkey (Tilley 63).
SUBS NOT USED: Vose (GK), Hall, Cox, Tighe.
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