EFL Cup - Second Round South
BrightonBrighton & Hove Albion4PortsmouthPortsmouth0

Brighton 4-0 Portsmouth: Albion fringe players impress in Carabao Cup win

Alexis Mac Allister
Alexis Mac Allister was making his 10th appearance for Brighton since joining from Boca Juniors

Three Brighton players scored their first goals in English football as they beat Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup.

Graham Potter's side visit Preston North End in the third round next week.

Alexis Mac Allister's powerful header opened the scoring and Alireza Jahanbakhsh smashed in a brilliant 20-yard shot into the roof of the net for the game's best goal.

Bernardo headed in from Pascal Gross' corner and Viktor Gyokeres drove in a fourth goal after finding space.

It was only Jahanbakhsh's third goal for Brighton in 38 appearances, with his previous two coming in the space of four days over last season's festive period.

Argentina midfielder Mac Allister, Brazilian defender Bernardo and Sweden forward Gyokeres all scored their first goals for the club, with the latter two also assisting goals.

None of them featured in Brighton's opening Premier League game, a 3-1 defeat by Chelsea.

Brighton dominated from the start and deserved their big victory.

They could have won by more with Bernardo firing over in the first half after Gyokeres' effort was saved.

Gross was denied by an excellent Jack Whatmough clearance off the line and Dale Stephens hit the post with a fine 20-yard strike.

Portsmouth rarely threatened with Sean Raggett's 82nd-minute header their first effort on target.

Line-ups

Brighton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Steele
  • 49Molumby
  • 34VeltmanSubstituted forSandersat 68'minutes
  • 33Burn
  • 30Bernardo
  • 24Pröpper
  • 6StephensSubstituted forat 85'minutes
  • 16JahanbakhshSubstituted forRobertsat 68'minutes
  • 13GroßBooked at 37minsSubstituted forGwargisat 77'minutes
  • 10Mac Allister
  • 42Gyökeres

Substitutes

  • 26Sánchez
  • 41Sanders
  • 44Gwargis
  • 46Roberts
  • 50Cochrane
  • 52Yapi
  • 53Dendoncker

Portsmouth

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1MacGillivray
  • 13Bolton
  • 6WhatmoughSubstituted forDowningat 71'minutes
  • 20Raggett
  • 23Pring
  • 17Morris
  • 4Naylor
  • 7Williams
  • 19Harness
  • 11CurtisSubstituted forCannonat 63'minutes
  • 9MarquisBooked at 40minsSubstituted forHarrisonat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Brown
  • 5Downing
  • 8Close
  • 10Harrison
  • 14Cannon
  • 26Evans
  • 41Turnbull
Referee:
Matt Donohue

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home23
Away10
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away12
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 4, Portsmouth 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 4, Portsmouth 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marcus Harness (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ellis Harrison.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andrew Cannon (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ellis Harrison.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Viktor Gyökeres.

  6. Post update

    Dale Stephens went off injured after Brighton and Hove Albion had used all subs.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sean Raggett (Portsmouth) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Cameron Pring with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jason Steele.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Bolton (Portsmouth) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Cameron Pring with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Dale Stephens.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Peter Gwargis replaces Pascal Groß.

  13. Post update

    Haydon Roberts (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Williams (Portsmouth).

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by Ellis Harrison (Portsmouth).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  17. Post update

    Tom Naylor (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Paul Downing replaces Jack Whatmough.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 4, Portsmouth 0. Viktor Gyökeres (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bernardo with a headed pass.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Haydon Roberts replaces Alireza Jahanbakhsh.