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23 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Jiri Skalak fires at goal during Albion's Carabao Cup tie against Barnet.

Brighton & Hove Albion progressed to the third round of the Carabao Cup against Barnet at the Amex on Tuesday evening, with James Tilley’s goal securing a 1-0 victory, and here are five things we learned.

Young blood

Jayson Molumby, Ales Mateju, Aaron Connolly and Tilley all featured for the Seagulls, with the former three making their senior debuts for the club. Molumby, Connolly and Tilley are all under the age of 20, and put in encouraging performances, with Molumby playing the full 90 minutes in central midfield. The quartet looked comfortable throughout and gave good accounts of themselves on the first-team stage.

Millennium man

Aaron Connolly became the first player born since the Millennium to play for the Seagulls. After making a positive impression playing for Ian Buckman’s under-18s and Simon Rusk’s under-23s, the Irishman was given his first chance to shine in Chris Hughton’s first team. The 17-year-old got a small slice of first-team action, and the experience will certainly benefit the tricky forward.

Back of the net

After two games without scoring, Albion got the ball rolling with Tilley’s second-half strike. It was also a first clean sheet of the season for Hughton’s team, and the Seagulls will now head to Vicarage Road on Saturday having broken both ducks. Albion still await their first Premier League goal, but Hughton’s team can take confidence from their opening strike of the season.

Under the Amex lights

The visit of Barnet was Albion’s first evening match of the season, which meant the newly-installed floodlights at the Amex were given their first opportunity to shine. As part of the club’s summer project to get Premier League-ready, state-of-the-art LED floodlights were introduced and the difference was clear for all to see. America may have recently seen a total eclipse, but the real light show was at the Amex.

Tilley’s senior strike

The 19-year-old was the match winner for the Seagulls after coming off the bench at half-time. It was also his first senior goal for the club, on his third senior appearance for Hughton’s team. The forward was introduced on the right-side of Albion’s attacking threat and showed confidence on the ball, also making some brilliant off-the-ball runs to stretch the play. After earning a chance in Albion’s first team, Tilley made it an evening to remember.

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