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30 August 2016

Albion's under-23 coach looks ahead to tonight's game.

Simon Rusk is encouraging his players to rise to the occasion when Brighton & Hove Albion's under-23s face Southend United in a Checkatrade Trophy clash at Roots Hall tonight, kick-off 7.45pm.
The Albion under-23s' coach boss is excited by the prospect of facing the League One side in their first game of the re-structured competition, which includes 16 Category One teams and 48 clubs from League One and League Two.

He said, “I think it’s a brilliant opportunity. There’s not much pressure on us, but we put pressure on ourselves.

“It’s a fantastic situation for us, a great idea and hopefully everyone will embrace it, as it proves productive for development football as a whole.

“It’s going to be very difficult [playing Southend], but we want to test ourselves against their first team. It’s a game we’re very much looking forward to.

“We go into it with three unbeaten games at the start of the season, on top of pre-season wins against Nuremberg and Reading, so the players deserve great credit.

“We’re five unbeaten against tough opposition and have had a very good start to the season, so we go into the game feeling confident and are looking forward to it.”


Albion secured their first win of the season on Friday after a 1-0 victory over Fulham at the Amex, despite being down to ten men for most of the game, and Rusk praised the character shown by his players.

“I think it was a magnificent effort from the ten men. I was really happy with how we started the game, we looked good in possession, moved the ball well and thought we were a threat.

“Fulham are a good team and I knew they would cause us some problems. But, considering the desire, concentration levels and will to defend, I think the boys deserved the win.

"It was a super effort from the lads and I’m very, very pleased with the win and what they achieved.”

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