Albion's under-23s were edged out on Tyneside.
- The Seagulls are narrowly beaten by Newcastle
- Callum Roberts scores the only goal
- James Tilley fires penalty against the post
- Max Sanders hits the crossbar from 25 yards
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Newcastle United in a close contest at their Little Benton Academy base this afternoon.
Albion were unable to find an equalising goal after Callum Roberts gave the Magpies an early lead, with James Tilley firing a penalty against the post in the second half, before Max Sanders struck the crossbar from distance.
Simon Rusk made two changes to the starting line-up that beat Leicester City 1-0 in the Premier League Cup, with Robert Sanchez and Ben Barclay both coming into the side.
Newcastle created the first couple of chances, with Sean Longstaff and Tom Heardman both firing over the crossbar as Albion struggled to keep hold of possession.
Tom Dallison was then on hand to excellently block Liam Smith’s close-range drive at the back post, before Tilley rolled the ball narrowly wide of the target after being played through by Henrik Bjordal.
The Magpies took the lead in the 16th minute when Roberts picked the ball up outside Albion’s penalty area, glided past a couple of defenders before firing past Sanchez into the bottom corner.
The Seagulls almost replied within minutes of going behind as Connor Tighe glanced a header at goal, but Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot pulled off a brilliant save to deny the striker.
Roberts continued to cause problems as he jinked his way into Albion’s penalty area once more, before Sanchez palmed away Longstaff’s powerful right-footed effort.
Roberts then fired towards the top corner with a free-kick from 25 yards but Sanchez raced across his line to claim the ball at full stretch.
Soon after the re-start, Tighe got across his man and connected with George Cox’s whipped cross from the left wing, but the striker’s prodded effort went wide of Elliot’s left-hand upright.
The hosts almost doubled their lead when they struck the foot of Sanchez’s left-hand upright, moments before Jayson Molumby drilled an effort wide from 25 yards up the other end.
Roberts had a great chance to score his and Newcastle’s second of the game when he shifted the ball across his body inside Albion’s penalty area, but the skilful winger blazed his attempt over the crossbar.
The Magpies continued to apply pressure as Albion went in search of an equaliser, and Sanchez was called upon to deny Jamie Holmes after racing off his life, before Longstaff’s close-range volley sailed wide.
With ten minutes remaining, Sanders cut inside and took aim from 25 yards, but the midfielder’s curling effort hit the underside of Elliot’s crossbar and referee Andrew Miller adjudged the ball had not crossed the goal line.
Albion pressed in the closing stages but couldn't find the goal they needed to secure a point after a much-improved second-half performance.
ALBION: Sanchez; Barclay (White 59), Hall, Dallison, Cox; Sanders, Molumby; Ward, Tilley, Bjordal; Tighe (Davies 83).
SUBS NOT USED: Bentley (GK), Cadman.