- Sam Baldock opens the scoring with a fine finish
- Jiri Skalak and Beram Kayal also feature
- George Cox scores from the penalty spot
- George Miller earns Middlesbrough a point with a late spot-kick
Brighton & Hove Albion under 23s drew their second game in five days, following a 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.
Manager Simon Rusk made three changes from the side that drew to Blackburn Rovers in the week with Robert Sanchez, Tom Dallison and Henrik Bjordal coming in for Tim Krul, Josh Kerr and Steven Alzate.
Albion started the game positively with their main threat being James Tilley; the young forward broke through in the first minute and hit a shot wide.
Tilley continued his good work a few minutes later, spinning a couple of Middlesbrough defenders before finding Beram Kayal in the box, but the Israeli saw his shot blocked.
Boro had their first chance of the match after a quarter of an hour with Nathan McGinley heading wide after an in-swinging free kick.
Tilley then broke away moments later, passing several players before having a shot saved from 20 yards by goalkeeper Zak Hemming.
The Seagulls broke the deadlock midway through the second half after more neat work by Tilley. The 19-year-old broke free once again in the middle of the park and passed the ball to Sam Baldock, whose brilliant finish found the top corner.
Albion were dealt a blow moments later, as Robert Sanchez went down hurt and was subsequently substituted ten minutes before half time for Billy Collings.
Rusk's side could've doubled their lead when Tom Dallison crossed for Tilley, but his outstretched leg couldn’t quite direct the ball towards goal.
Brighton then nearly made the windy conditions count as an advantage, as Jiri Skalak hit a free kick towards Henrik Bjordal, and his effort nearly looped over the goalkeeper.
The wind soon made its presence felt though, as Lewis Wing saw his corner loop into the goal and out of the reach of Collings, just as Albion were beginning to apply more pressure.
The hosts soon found themselves back on the front foot however, when Skalak was fouled in the box; left back George Cox stepped up and thundered his penalty into the top corner via the post.
Both teams then began to push for the all-important fourth goal in the match with Boro coming close through some direct crosses into the box but Albion defended well under pressure.
The Seagulls’ resolve eventually wilted, as Ales Mateju conceded a penalty in the 90th minute for striker George Miller to step up and score from the spot.
ALBION: Sanchez (Collings 34); Mateju, Hutchinson, Dallison, Cox; Kayal, Collar; Skalak, Tilley (Alzate 87), Bjordal; Baldock (Sanders 73).
SUBS NOT USED: Moore, Ahannach.