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20 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Liam Rosenior sets up for a Bournemouth delivery into the box.

Brighton Hove & Albion were knocked out of the Carabao Cup after conceding in extra time against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium last night, and here are five things we learned.

Young Irish Duo

Albion manager Chris Hughton went with under-23 central midfield pairing Jayson Molumby and Dessie Hutchinson for 120 minutes at the Vitality Stadium. Molumby had already featured against Barnet in the second round, but Hutchinson came in for his first senior appearance. The Irish duo impressed for the Seagulls and looked comfortable in the heart of midfield, as they linked up the play and provided cover in front of defence.

The winner takes it all before ABBA

After taking the game into extra time, Albion came their closest to an ABBA penalty shootout - the new penalty format introduced in EFL cup competitions this season. Joshua King’s goal in the 99th minute sent the Cherries through, meaning Albion’s wait continued. The trial format sees penalty kicks follow a similar pattern to the serve in a tennis tie-break format, after research was carried out to find a fairer alternative to the ABAB method.

Minutes in the bank

The Carabao Cup provided a number of Albion’s fringe players with much-needed game time, especially considering the extra 30 minutes that were needed to decide the match. Summer signings Tim Krul, Ezequiel Schelotto and Jose Izquierdo were all handed their first starts in an Albion shirt, while the likes of Jiri Skalak, Connor Goldson and Uwe Huenemeier improved their match fitness. The match was a great chance for Hughton to utilise his squad before Newcastle United's visit in the Premier League on Sunday.

Extra time shake-up

Hughton decided to make no changes inside the opening 90 minutes of the game, leaving his substitutions until the 30-minute extra time period. But for the first time, the Seagulls boss was able to make FOUR changes after the ruling was brought into place at the start of the 2016/17 season. Ales Mateju replaced Liam Rosenior in Albion’s fourth substitution, which caused slight confusion in the stands for those not aware of the rule.

Howe’s clever changes

The Bournemouth manager introduced Jordon Ibe off the bench on Friday evening and the winger claimed two assists in their 2-1 Premier League win. Howe was at it again on Tuesday night, as Joshua King came on in the 79th minute and made the difference in the ninth minute of extra time, as he dispatched past Tim Krul into the bottom corner to win the game.

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