Albion were knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy.
- The Seagulls are knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy
- Ruben Lameiras, George Thomas and Ryan Haynes all on target
- Robert Sanchez pulls off a string of fine saves
- Liam Rosenior makes his return from injury
Brighton & Hove Albion were beaten 3-0 by Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena this evening, as they exited the Checkatrade Trophy at the third-round stage.
The League One side secured their place in the next round with goals from Ruben Lameiras, George Thomas and Ryan Haynes, which followed a string of fine saves from Albion goalkeeper Robert Sanchez in the first half.
Simon Rusk introduced first-team players Liam Rosenior and Rohan Ince into the side, with captain Dessie Hutchinson also returning from injury.
Coventry created the game’s first opportunity inside the opening ten minutes as Stuart Beavon fired over the crossbar following good work from Thomas out wide.
Sanchez pulled off a terrific one-handed save to deny Lameiras, before Hutchinson was on hand to prevent Cian Harries from breaking the deadlock.
The hosts continued to apply pressure and Sanchez reacted exceptionally well to claw away another effort from Harries, who headed downwards from close range.
Thomas was then presented with a fine chance to give the Sky Blues the lead, but blazed wide of the target from inside the box, before Sanchez denied Jodi Jones with a smart save down to his left-hand side.
Albion had Sanchez to thank once again as the Spaniard raced across his goal line to brilliantly tip Gael Bigirimana’s long-range drive around the post, with the defender’s effort heading for the top corner.
On 41 minutes, Coventry took the lead through Lameiras; the Portuguese winger coming in off the wing to meet Beavon’s cross with a first-time finish.
Rosenior was replaced by Ben White after 45 minutes, as the full-back completed his return from injury after almost five months on the sideline.
Henrik Bjordal had Albion’s first chance of the game as he picked up the ball inside Coventry’s penalty area, following a positive run from Joe Ward, but the Norwegian’s delayed shot was blocked.
James Tilley came close to pulling a goal back for Albion, but Sky Blues goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook was on hand to tip the striker’s close-range effort over the crossbar from Ward’s low cross.
Albion improved in an attacking sense during the second half and Ward tried his luck from 25 yards, but the substitute’s low-driven effort rolled wide.
Despite their best efforts to get back into the game, Albion conceded a third goal in the 88th minute as Haynes broke forward and found the back of the net from distance, via both of Sanchez’s posts.
Rusk’s side pushed for a consolation goal but couldn’t break down their opponents, as the Seagulls exited the Checkatrade Trophy after a promising run.
ALBION: Sanchez; Rosenior (White 46), Hall, Barclay, Cox; Hutchinson (Ward 59); Tilley, Ince, Molumby, Bjordal; Tighe (Mandroiu 68).
SUBS NOT USED: McGill (GK), Barnett, Cadman, Davies.