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U23s preview: Brighton v Rovers

The young Blues will be looking for a first win of the season on Friday

19 October 2018

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Rovers Under-23s return to league action on Friday with a trip to the south coast to take on Brighton.

The youngsters are still seeking a first victory of the campaign following promotion to the top tier last term, but recent draws against Arsenal and Swansea will offer encouragement.

Last time out, Damien Johnson's side suffered a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Tottenham, and Friday's opponents Brighton will also be looking to bounce back, having lost 1-0 at Derby on their last outing.

The Seagulls sit seventh in the standings after seven games, while victory for Rovers could see us move off the foot of the table.

The most recent meeting between the sides in Brighton came this time last year, when Joe Nuttall scored a brace in an eventual 2-2 draw.

In terms of team news, first-team manager Tony Mowbray confirmed on Thursday that midfielder Jacob Davenport may well be given some game time in a bid to boost his match fitness after injury.

Defender Tyler Magloire remains a long-term absentee, but Davenport could join Lewis Travis and Willem Tomlinson in midfield.

Kick-off at the Amex Stadium is scheduled for 7pm, with team news usually released an hour beforehand. 

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