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REPORT: BOURNEMOUTH 1 ALBION 0

19 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Connor Goldson in action against Bournemouth.
  • Albion are eliminated from the Carabao Cup
  • Joshua King scores the only goal of the game in extra time
  • Tim Krul and Ezequiel Schelotto make their Albion debuts
  • Dessie Hutchinson also plays his first senior game for the club

Brighton & Hove Albion exited the Carabao Cup at the third round stage after a 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth, in an otherwise defensively resolute display at the Vitality Stadium.

Tim Krul made several fine saves on his debut for the Seagulls, but Bournemouth’s pressure ultimately told, as Joshua King’s 99th-minute strike in extra time sealed a narrow victory.

Chris Hughton made ten changes to the side that lost 2-1 to the Cherries the previous Friday, as Dessie Hutchinson was handed his senior debut and Ezequiel Schelotto also made his first appearance.

Jose Izquierdo had the first chance of the game when he cut inside from the left and forced a fine save from Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

Lys Mousset and Brad Smith both had early chances for the hosts, but neither shot caused Krul too much concern in the Albion goal.

Mousset had another opportunity to break the deadlock early on following a sweeping move, but his attempt went over.

Bournemouth continued to look lively and pressed forward once again through Jordon Ibe, however the former Liverpool man’s strike sailed harmlessly over the crossbar.

Albion then had a great chance to go in front when Jiri Skalak’s low, driven strike was palmed away by Boruc into the path of Jamie Murphy, who agonisingly fired wide from inside the six-yard box.

Izquierdo made another run in from the right flank and saw his strike flash across the face of goal.

Some brilliant defending from Connor Goldson kept Bournemouth at bay moments later, as his perfectly-time challenge denied Benik Afobe a shot at goal.

Krul was called into action just before the break and he made a fine one-handed stop to keep out Junior Stanislas’s shot that was heading for the far corner.

The Cherries were denied by the woodwork just seconds after the re-start, as Stanislas hit the post on the follow-up, after Krul's fine reactions kept out Afobe’s effort.

Murphy had his second golden opportunity of the game after capitalising on Steve Cook’s sloppy backpass, but Boruc diverted the shot inches wide with his foot.

Stanislas then squandered a brilliant chance to score for the Cherries, but saw his shot go high and wide of the target after he had latched onto Ibe’s ball across the box.

Lewis Cook then took aim from the edge of the box, but Krul continued his impressive display with another brilliant save to keep out the midfielder’s effort.

The hosts edged closer to making the breakthrough, but Skalak cleared Mousset’s header off the line.

Krul was called into action yet again to deny Afobe from inside the box, before Schelotto blocked Marc Pugh’s shot as Albion’s defence stood firm.

Ryan Fraser was next to try his luck from distance, but Krul made a comfortable save.

Extra time began with the hosts continuing their momentum, as King raced to the byline and teed up Afobe, whose shot flashed across the face of the goal.

Bournemouth’s constant pressure ultimately told, however, and the two substitutes, Pugh and King, combined before the latter slotted the ball past Krul from close range.

Adam Smith could have doubled Bournemouth’s advantage in the second period of extra time, but shot wide after arriving late in the box.

Krul looked to top off a fine performance on his debut with a goal, as he rushed forward in the dying moments to get on the end of a corner, but the Cherries cleared the danger and claimed a place in round four.


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