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21 August 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Steven Alzate in action against Fulham this evening.
  • Seagulls went behind after two minutes to George Williams' penalty
  • Sean Kavanagh own goal makes it 1-1 before Danny Mandriou’s sublime strike for 2-1
  • Stephen Humphreys levels on half-time for Fulham
  • Steven Alzate and Josh Kerr in second half seal 4-2 victory

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s showed their resilience once again as they came from behind to defeat Fulham 4-2 and maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.
Simon Rusk’s side had already shown their ability to turn a losing position into a winning one during the 2-1 opening-day victory away at Norwich City, and within two minutes the Seagulls knew they would have to repeat that feat against the Cottagers.
George Williams was felled by Will Collar inside the box, and Fulham’s number 10 dusted himself down to convert the resulting spot-kick.
Headed chances for Jordan Davies, Danny Mandriou and Josh Kerr came and went, while Dessie Hutchinson saw an effort cleared off the line as the Seagulls began to turn the screw.
The pressure soon took its toll though, as Fulham’s Sean Kavanagh could only divert George Cox’s superb cross into his own net, and Danny Mandriou fired Albion into a 2-1 lead with an unstoppable strike from 25-yards.
Stephen Humphreys claimed the last touch as Fulham managed to level matters on the stroke of half-time but it was Rusk’s men that took control after the break.
Steven Alzate brilliantly flicked another excellent Cox cross into the net to put the Seagulls ahead just nine minutes into the second half, before Josh Kerr put the result beyond doubt with a close-range header.

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