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Derby County 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Substitute Patrick Bamford scored his first Derby County goal as the Rams recovered from the 4-1 mauling at Championship leaders Leicester City to squeeze past Brighton.

The on-loan Chelsea striker lit up a scrappy game, curling in a fine second-half shot to keep the hosts fourth.

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Post-match: Derby boss McClaren

Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant made a fine first-half save to deny Matthew Upson.

But although the visitors had the better of the few chances on offer, Bamford's class settled the game.

It was only the 10th goal the Seagulls had conceded in 13 away games and was a welcome relief to the home fans, whose side had lost three in a row in all competitions after an amazing run under manager Steve McClaren came to an end.

The Rams had the first chance of note after a dull opening 20 minutes when Jamie Ward cut in from the left wing and fired a 20-yard shot just wide.

But Brighton were having the bulk of possession and they finally threatened on 26 minutes when Upson's powerful header from Andrea Orlandi's corner forced a stunning reaction stop from Grant.

Derby, the Championship's top scorers, were struggling to breach the league's third best defence.

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Post-match: Brighton coach Garcia

The pattern continued after the interval until the Rams made three changes, introducing Bamford, Jeff Hendrick and Conor Sammon.

Ward played a one-two with Bamford on the edge of the box with 14 minutes left and when the ball fell to the 20-year-old, he curled a left-foot shot past goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

Brighton responded with Leonardo Ulloa showing good strength to drive in a low shot that Grant did well to keep out, but that was as close as they came to an equaliser and defeat leaves them seventh, two points adrift of the play-offs.

Derby County manager Steve McClaren:

"Patrick showed great composure. There was no panic. We know he's got that quality and it needed a calm head in that situation.

"It's great when you have players who can change a game. It's not about 11 players - it's the squad, and we had 14 players who contributed to that win. In the modern game, it's absolutely vital because the game was going nowhere and we knew that at half-time.

"Jeff Hendrick came on, started in midfield and then went to right-back, which allowed Conor Sammon to come on so we could go to 4-2-4 and try and win the game, and Patrick produced that moment of quality to win it.

"It's a squad game. You need players who can come on and help change a game, and the squad won that game today, not the team."

Brighton boss Oscar Garcia said he did not select wantaway midfielder Liam Bridcutt because the player was not in the right state of mind to play:

"He said yesterday (Friday) he wasn't focused on the game 100 per cent. He was honest with us and, because of this, he didn't come with us.

"I had picked him to play today but he wasn't focused and in the next week, if nothing happens, I have to ask again. It's a problem between him and the club and they have to solve it as soon as possible.

"The best solution is as soon as possible because it would be better for the team, but these things happen in the transfer window.

"But I am not worried because the other players are fit enough and want to give 100 per cent for me and the club and I was proud of their performance today.

"We are looking to strengthen the squad and the club is working on a list of targets."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 33WisdomSubstituted forSammonat 73'minutes
  • 3ForsythBooked at 65mins
  • 14EustaceBooked at 42mins
  • 6Keogh
  • 25BuxtonBooked at 28mins
  • 19HughesSubstituted forHendrickat 59'minutes
  • 4Bryson
  • 9MartinBooked at 89mins
  • 10WardBooked at 90mins
  • 32DawkinsSubstituted forBamfordat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Hendrick
  • 18Sammon
  • 20Bennett
  • 26Legzdins
  • 27Whitbread
  • 35Bamford
  • 38Keane

Brighton

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Ward
  • 38Ince
  • 3GreerBooked at 18mins
  • 20Upson
  • 21D. LópezSubstituted forAgustienat 82'minutes
  • 4AndrewsBooked at 30mins
  • 19UlloaBooked at 90mins
  • 18Forster-CaskeySubstituted forObikaat 79'minutes
  • 11OrlandiSubstituted forMarchat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Brezovan
  • 5Dunk
  • 10Agustien
  • 14Calderón
  • 15Chicksen
  • 22Obika
  • 27March
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
25,392

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Booking

Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Jake Buxton (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Conor Sammon (Derby County).

Booking

Jamie Ward (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

Booking

Chris Martin (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kemy Agustien replaces David López.
Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Derby County).
Attempt missed. Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gordon Greer.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jonathan Obika replaces Jake Forster-Caskey.
Foul by Conor Sammon (Derby County).
Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rohan Ince.
Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 0. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.
Hand ball by John Eustace (Derby County).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Conor Sammon replaces Andre Wisdom because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Patrick Bamford (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces Andrea Orlandi.
Attempt missed. David López (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Booking

Craig Forsyth (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).
Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Patrick Bamford replaces Simon Dawkins.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jeff Hendrick replaces Will Hughes.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Andre Wisdom.
Attempt blocked. Andrea Orlandi (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David López with a cross.
Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Attempt missed. Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right.
Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Jamie Ward (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Simon Dawkins (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Second Half

Second Half begins Derby County 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Derby County 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.
Foul by Jamie Ward (Derby County).
Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Stephen Ward tries a through ball, but Jake Forster-Caskey is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Bryson with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Gordon Greer.
Attempt blocked. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Forsyth.
Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Booking

John Eustace (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester2618352057
2QPR2615741552
3Burnley2614931951
4Derby2614571647
5Nottm Forest26111141344
6Reading261187941
7Brighton261097739
8Blackburn261079037
9Middlesbrough26998836
10Ipswich26998636
11Wigan251069236
12Leeds2610511035
13Huddersfield269710434
14Blackpool268810-832
15Watford257108531
16Bournemouth268711-1331
17Birmingham267811-229
18Bolton2661010-1128
19Sheff Wed255119-126
20Millwall266713-2325
21Charlton255911-924
22Doncaster266614-2124
23Yeovil255515-1720
24Barnsley254813-1920
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