Potentially a banana skin for the south coast hosts in this EFL cup match, but they came out unscathed against their League Two opposition, with a fully changed line-up, which included 3 development squad players. With the next league game just around the corner, Chris Hughton used this opportunity to allow second dtring players a chance to be re-included in the managers plans for the upcoming season; this is mostly aimed at Rohan Ince, Danny Holla and Elvis Manu all of whom played a tidy game.
It was a slow burning first half, with Colchester set out to defend anything that Brighton had to throw at them, hence why they played 3 at the back, and at times it was difficult to break them down, with only a Sam Adekugbe shot/cross troubling the U’s keeper Dillon Barnes. The second half was much better from the Seagulls, the tempo was increased in their passing, and they looked much more of a threat going forward, which was rewarded with a goal just after the hour mark thanks to Sam Baldock. A long punt forward from Rohan Ince found Kazenga LuaLua down the left wing, and the winger pulled back his pass to Baldock waiting on the edge of the box, before the latter curled the ball into the top corner. LuaLua was at the centre of the second Albion goal, after his bold run through the heart of the Colchester team, allowed him to pass a delightful ball into Jamie Murphy, who’s first touch was slightly heavy but managed to recover to prod the ball home. Forgotten man Manu was next to get on the scoresheet; his first competitive Albion goal. Baldock’s run down the left wing allowed Manu to create space in the box, and a good cutback by Baldock allowed Manu to slide the ball under Barnes to make it 3-0. Murphy capped the scoring off with a outstanding solo goal, after he dribbled and drove his way through 4 Colchester defenders, before placing the ball low into the corner. A good result for the Albion, and they will be looking on with interest to see who they draw later on this evening.
Maenpaa (6); Rarely troubled, but stuck to his task well.
Hunt (7); Impressive senior debut for the young full-back, bit cautious to get forward at times, but confidence grew.
White (7); Another good development player debut. Shown what he can do in pre-season, hence the call up for this game, and looked comfortable.
Ince (7); Reverted back to his old centre-half position, which he might end up doing if he stays at the club, and based on last night, it wouldn’t be bad defensive cover.
Adekugbe (7); First senior game for the Seagulls, and looked quite impressive. Not afraid to get forward, and looked tight at the back.
Murphy (9); Great game from the Scot, never gave Colchester much peace especially in the second half, and took his goals very well.
Holla (7); Commanded the middle of the park well, and mopped up anything loose giving Colchester little to get a squeak of a chance.
Norwood (7); Looked good on his Albion debut, and showed why he was/is highly rated in this division.
LuaLua (8); Great game from the pacy winger, took his time to get settled into it, but was a nuisance once he did get settled.
Baldock (8); Well taken goal, and some good energy up top with Manu chasing down balls.
Manu (7); First competitive Albion goal, maybe his last, but their might be a sniff of a chance he might end up staying. Good running up top with Baldock.
No Subs Used
BHAFC - CUFC; Baldock (64), Murphy (70), (86), Manu (74);