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06 January 2020 Venue Leyland County Ground Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Blackburn Rovers PL2
1 - 2
Brighton and Hove Albion PL2

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Preview: Rovers Under-23s v Brighton & Hove Albion Under-23s

A look ahead to tonight's Premier League 2 encounter against the Seagulls at the Lancashire FA HQ in Leyland

6 January 2020

Billy Barr's side return to league action this evening against Brighton & Hove Albion's Under-23s in their first outing of 2020.

It's been a few weeks since Rovers last featured in Premier League 2, when goals from Dominic Samuel, Dan Butterworth and Brad Lyons did the damage as Rovers put Leicester City Under-23s to the sword last month.

In terms of team news for tonight, Harry Chapman is expected to miss out following his return to Tony Mowbray's first team in recent games, with the winger featuring as a substitute in the second half against Birmingham City at the weekend.

Jacob Davenport was an unused substitute for the game and is likely to get minutes this evening at Leyland.

Fellow midfielder Richie Smallwood is also expected to play a part having not featured for the first team at all over the festive period.

Louie Annesley returned to training earlier this month but won't play a part, however Andy Fisher could keep his place in goal having featured in the last few Under-23s games.

A win could propel Rovers up the table and into sixth place in the table depending on other results going our way.

It's been a long wait for Albion's youngsters, who haven't played since they drew 0-0 with Valencia in the International Cup on Wednesday 18th December.

Dominic Samuel and Chapman both scored twice, as Rovers Under-23s came back from 3-1 down to defeat 10-man Brighton 5-3 at the Amex in the last meeting back in August.

Goals from Max Sanders and Taylor Richards saw the hosts lead 2-0, before Chapman halved the deficit in fine style on the stroke of half-time.

Bojan Radulovic restored Brighton's two-goal advantage on 53 minutes, before Seagulls skipper Sanders was given his marching orders moments later.

A quickfire double from Samuel, who was making just his second appearance after 12 months out injured, drew Rovers level, before Sam Barnes headed the visitors in front and Chapman completed the comeback in added time.

Kick-off at the Lancashire FA HQ is at 7pm, with the game free of charge for Rovers season ticket holders, otherwise admission prices are £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.

We will have full match updates via our social media channels.

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Match Reports

Report: Rovers Under-23s 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

Rovers suffer defeat at the Lancashire FA HQ after Danny Cashman's late winner

6 January 2020

It was a night of disappointment for Rovers Under-23s as Brighton & Hove Albion came back from a goal down to earn a narrow win at Leyland.

Jack Vale's penalty handed Rovers a dream start on home turf in the Development Squad's first outing of 2020 after only two minutes.

But Brighton battled back in style and scored a goal in each half to earn the three points at the Lancashire FA HQ.

Peter Gwargis equalised inside the opening 10 minutes before the impressive Danny Cashman grabbed a winner towards the end of the second half.

Richie Smallwood got 90 minutes under his belt, whilst there was a return from injury for Charley Doyle, who lasted an hour after a number of weeks out of action.

Rovers took the lead inside the opening two minutes from the spot, with the penalty kick arriving after Stefan Mols was brought down in the box, with Vale stepping up to smash into the top left-hand corner.

But Brighton responded almost immediately when Taylor Richards cut the ball back from the left and Gwargis was there to calmly slot underneath Andy Fisher.

Rovers went in search of regaining their lead, but Brad Lyons fired wide just before Smallwood showed fine chest control before volleying at Tom McGill.

Lewis Thompson had the first opportunity of the second half but nodded straight at McGill just after the hour and the score remained level.

At the other end, Brighton turned the score around soon after through Cashman's excellent finish. He sold Hayden Carter with a dummy before rounding Andy Fisher and slotting into the back of the net.

The hosts went in search of a quick equaliser, but McGill was in the right place to deny Mols' snapshot down to his right.

Sam Barnes was next to try his luck, but his long range strike was tame, before substitute Luke Brennan headed across goal only for Vale to skew over the upright.

Albion had to see the game out a man light when Jordan Davies was sent off for a late challenge on Barnes, but held on to pick up all three points.

Rovers Under-23s: Fisher, Doyle (Whitehall, 62), Thompson (Brennan, 68), Smallwood, Barnes, Carter, Paton, Lyons, Vale, Mols (c), Hart.

Unused substitutes: Eastham, Boyomo, Pike.

Goal: Vale pen, 2

Booked: Thompson, 9, Doyle, 50, Hart, 68, Smallwood, 72

Brighton & Hove Albion Under-23s: McGill, Yapi (Radulovic, 70), Cochrane (c), Crofts, Baluta, O'Hora, Gwargis, Jenks (Roberts, 62), Cashman, Davies, Richards (Freestone, 80).

Unused substitutes: Keto, Roberts, Tolaj.

Goal: Gwargis, 10, Cashman, 67

Booked: Jenks, 41.

Sent off: Davies, 89.

Referee: Aaron Jackson.

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