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ALBION'S UNDER-23S AWAIT PREMIER LEAGUE CUP DRAW

28 February 2018

Paul Hazlewood
James Tilley in action for Albion's under-23s against Exeter City.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-23s booked their place in the knockout stages of the Premier League Cup after Monday’s 1-1 draw against Exeter City, and Simon Rusk’s team will find out their last-16 opponents in the competition tomorrow.

The Seagulls finished second in Group H behind the Grecians, but secured enough points from their six group fixtures to finish clear of Sunderland and Hull City.

Seven Premier League clubs join Rusk’s team in the last 16 of the competition - Liverpool, Everton, Bournemouth, Southampton, Newcastle United, Leicester City and Swansea City.

Exeter and Blackburn Rovers represent League Two and League One respectively, while another six Championship teams - Sheffield United or Ipswich Town, Bristol City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Middlesbrough and Derby County - make up the remainder of the knockout-stage roster.

Albion were beaten by the eventual winners - Swansea - in last season’s competition, after convincingly beating Huddersfield Town in the first round of the knockout stages.

Rusk’s side will be looking to progress further in the competition after three victories, two defeats and one draw from their group fixtures over the previous few months.

All knockout ties, from the last 16 through to the final, will be one-off matches. If the teams are level after 90 minutes, they will be decided by extra-time and then penalties if there is still no winner.

Albion fans will be able to follow the draw live from 10am on Twitter via the @PLYouth handle, twitter.com/PLYouth.


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