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29 August 2017

Bennett Dean
Albion under-23s captain Dessie Hutchinson.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-21s turn their attentions to the Checkatrade Trophy this evening, as they visit League One side MK Dons for their opening game in the competition, kick-off 7.45pm.

Simon Rusk’s team reached round three of the tournament last season, after progressing from Group G, before a 3-0 defeat to the eventual winners Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena.

The Seagulls beat Leyton Orient in their final group-stage fixture and made it to the third round after sealing an impressive 2-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow.

Albion’s under-21s will travel to Oxford United after their game at stadium:mk tonight, before their group stage schedule concludes at Stevenage, where they drew 2-2 last season, before winning a penalty shootout for an extra point.

Rusk’s side started their Premier League 2 Division 2 campaign with back-to-back victories over Norwich City and Fulham, before narrowly losing 2-1 to Reading at the Amex on Friday evening.

Albion are one of 16 Category One academy teams to enter this season’s Checkatrade Trophy, along with Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham, while the remaining 48 teams come from League One and League Two.

Six players in Albion’s starting line-up must have been under the age of 21 on 30th June 2016, meaning Rusk can call upon five members of Chris Hughton’s first-team squad if needed.

If this evening’s game ends all square after 90 minutes, a penalty shootout will take place between the sides, with an additional point the reward.

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