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U23 REPORT: ALBION 0 BLACKBURN 0

17 October 2016

Albion's under-23s played out a goalless stalemate with Blackburn tonight.


ALBION 0


BLACKBURN 0


  • Albion keep their fifth clean sheet of the season
  • Ben Hall has two chances from close range
  • Solly March got a 60-minute run-out
  • Simon Rusk’s team travel to Stoke on Saturday

 

Brighton and Hove Albion’s under-23s earned another point from a 0-0 draw with Blackburn Rovers at the Checkatrade.com Stadium this evening.

In a game of very few clear-cut chances, neither side could find the creativity to break the deadlock, as Albion claimed their fifth clean sheet in the league this season.

Simon Rusk returned to a younger starting line-up for the visit of Blackburn, following the inclusion of several first-team players in their recent Checkatrade Trophy game at Stevenage.

Ben White, Jayson Molumby, George Cox, Ben Hall and Jonah Ayunga all returned to the side, while Solly March also started for the Seagulls as the winger stepped up his return from injury.

March made a positive start to the game, as the returning midfielder drove forward to win a corner, before shooting straight at Rovers goalkeeper Andrew Fisher from long range.

Albion enjoyed some long periods of possession inside the opening stages, but lacked the creativity needed to break down Blackburn’s well-organised defence.

Willem Tomlinson had the away side’s first opportunity at goal when the midfielder tried his luck with a low-driven effort from 30 yards, but his powerful shot rolled comfortably wide of the target.

Jesse Starkey came close with a looping header that dropped just over the crossbar, following Ayunga’s nod down from Joe Ward’s corner to the back post.

Starkey had another attempt at goal soon afterwards, as the midfielder drove across the field and dragged a low shot wide of Fisher’s left-hand upright.

The visitors had the first chance after the break, when Lewis Mansell rose high inside the box to head Jack Doyle’s cross wide of Sanchez’s goal.

The ball dropped nicely for Hall following a scramble inside the penalty area, but the centre-back failed to strike the ball cleanly from close range as another chance went missing.

Connor Mahoney then grazed the crossbar with his delivery from a corner, before Joseph Rankin-Costello headed wide from close range, wasting the game’s best chance just after the hour mark.

Hall had another opportunity to break the deadlock moments later, as the ball dropped at his feet following another scramble inside the box, but Fisher was equal to his low effort.

Both teams went in search of a late winner, but neither were able to create a good opportunity at goal, as the Seagulls shared a third goalless draw of the season.

ALBION: Sanchez; Collar, White, Hall, Cox; Ward, Hutchinson, Molumby, March (Tilley 61); Starkey (Hornby-Forbes 76); Ayunga (Bjordal 61).

SUBS NOT USED: McGill (GK), Harper.

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