Report from Albion under-21s' 0-0 draw with Wolves.
- Albion play out a second consecutive goalless draw
- Christian Walton and Glen Rea both play the full 90 minutes
- Simon Rusk makes three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with West Brom
- The Seagulls face Arsenal away next on Friday
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-21s played out their second goalless draw in as many weeks, following a stalemate against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Checkatrade.com Stadium in Crawley tonight.
Despite no goals to show for Albion’s efforts, Simon Rusk’s side produced a dogged, gritty performance to keep their opponents at bay and had a number of chances to claim all three points.
Rusk made three changes to the team that drew 0-0 with West Bromwich Albion last Monday, as Robin Deen, Jesse Starkey and Jayson Molumby replaced Daniel Akindayini and first-teamer squad members Richie Towell and Rohan Ince.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Christian Walton and defender Glen Rea kept their places in the side to gain more valuable game time.
The match began in a lively fashion, as Dessie Hutchinson’s dangerous free-kick into the box was headed clear, while Ben O’Hanlon received a booking for a late challenge on Deen inside the opening ten minutes.
Will Randall then tested the Albion defence when he cut in from the left flank, but he sent a shot over the bar.
Albion looked threatening themselves going forward and came close to breaking the deadlock when Deen’s inventive back heel from James Tilley's cross was saved by Wolves keeper Jon Flatt.
Tilley was involved in the thick of the action again just moments later but his dangerous ball into the box was headed clear, with Dylan Barnett waiting unmarked inside the area.
Wolves tried their luck from distance through Aaron Collins, but like Randall, his strike rose over the target.
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Hutchinson had a chance to give Albion the lead but saw his free-kick blocked by the Wolves wall, while his follow-up strike did not test Flatt.
The visitors struggled to get past a well-drilled Brighton defence and again had to settle for an attempt from distance, as Declan Weeks saw his deflected drive saved by Walton.
Tilley then raced forward once again after linking up with substitute Joe Ward, but his tame strike was collected by Flatt.
The Seagulls now turn their attention to an away game of their own, as they prepare to face Arsenal on Friday afternoon.
ALBION: Walton; Hunt, Rea, Dallison, Barnett; Tilley, Molumby, Hutchinson; Deen (Ward 59), Harper (Akindayini 59), Starkey.
SUBS NOT USED: Doherty (GK), Barclay, Tighe.