Championship
Derby3Brighton0

Derby County 3-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Chris Martin
Chris Martin's last hat-trick for Derby came in a 5-1 win over Blackpool a year ago this weekend

Derby strengthened their position at the top of the Championship with an emphatic win over struggling Brighton.

The Rams dominated from the start and Chris Martin put them ahead with an early shot into the bottom corner.

Johnny Russell then dinked the ball beyond Brighton keeper David Stockdale and Martin's second, a header, made it 3-0 inside the opening 20 minutes.

Craig Bryson hit a post as Derby had more chances but Brighton, who are 22nd, avoided further embarrassment.

The result means Sami Hyypia's Seagulls have now registered only one league win since August and remain in the relegation zone.

Media playback is not supported on this device

McClaren on Derby v Brighton

However, it was a fine response from Steve McClaren's side, who had seen a three-game winning run grind to a halt at Leeds United last weekend.

Martin, without a goal in four matches, gave them the perfect start, arrowing a powerful shot into the corner with little more than 10 minutes on the clock.

Russell's neat finish past Stockdale following another incisive move then doubled the lead, before Aston Villa loanee Darren Bent guided a header into the net to provide Brighton with an instant riposte - only for the linesman to rule it out for offside.

Martin soon rounded off a disastrous opening quarter for the Seagulls, meeting Cyrus Christie's early cross to head home at the far post.

Media playback is not supported on this device

Hyypia on Derby v Brighton

Hyypia acted quickly to arrest the slide, bringing Rohan Ince on for Carlos Teixeira with less than half an hour gone, and the Seagulls soon wrestled their way back into the contest, enjoying plenty of the ball albeit failing to seriously test Lee Grant in the Derby goal.

But the Rams took control again after the interval, with Bryson coming close to embarrassing Stockdale from long range - the Brighton keeper fortunate to see his fumbled save bounce away off the post.

Jeff Hendrick and Bryson both had further opportunities to make it 4-0 as the Rams attempted to do further damage, and Martin was only denied a hat-trick by a smart save.

Derby manager Steve McClaren: "It was a great reaction, after last Saturday [when they lost to Leeds].

"It was important we started well with lots of energy, and we did that.

"We knew we would create chances, but could we be clinical in front of goal? We certainly were in the first 20 minutes."

Brighton manager Sami Hyypia: "I think I can turn it around. If I don't think I can turn it around then I will walk away.

"I will still be here and taking training on Monday. Only if I am told from elsewhere will I not be taking training, but that is a matter that is out of my control.

"However, I don't expect that to happen."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 2ChristieBooked at 35mins
  • 32Shotton
  • 5Buxton
  • 3ForsythBooked at 39mins
  • 8Hendrick
  • 33Mascarell
  • 4Bryson
  • 11RussellSubstituted forIbeat 79'minutes
  • 9MartinSubstituted forBestat 90+1'minutes
  • 7DawkinsSubstituted forWardat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Ward
  • 12Naylor
  • 14Eustace
  • 19Hughes
  • 21Roos
  • 30Best
  • 44Ibe

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 4Hughes
  • 5DunkBooked at 40mins
  • 30Bennett
  • 19GardnerBooked at 8mins
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 27MarchSubstituted forMcCourtat 68'minutes
  • 17J TeixeiraSubstituted forInceat 27'minutes
  • 32Bennett
  • 39Bent

Substitutes

  • 14Calderon
  • 20McCourt
  • 22Holla
  • 24Ince
  • 26Rea
  • 28Toko
  • 31Walton
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
28,637

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home18
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away0
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 3, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 3, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Leon Best replaces Chris Martin.

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt saved. Jordon Ibe (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Omar Mascarell.

Attempt blocked. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Elliott Bennett.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Lewis Dunk tries a through ball, but Darren Bent is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jordon Ibe replaces Johnny Russell.

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

Aaron Hughes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

Craig Forsyth (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jamie Ward replaces Simon Dawkins.

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Paddy McCourt replaces Solly March.

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Forsyth.

Attempt missed. Ryan Shotton (Derby County) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing misses to the left.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Joe Bennett tries a through ball, but Elliott Bennett is caught offside.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Elliott Bennett (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

Attempt saved. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

Foul by Omar Mascarell (Derby County).

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Simon Dawkins (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.

Attempt saved. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

Attempt missed. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Bryson following a corner.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Joe Bennett.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Derby20115438191938
2Ipswich20107332201237
3Bournemouth20106439211836
4Middlesbrough20106433151836
5Brentford2010463126534
6Watford2095636221432
7Blackburn208753128331
8Norwich208663024630
9Cardiff208662422230
10Nottm Forest207853126529
11Charlton2061132120129
12Sheff Wed2061041616028
13Wolves207672331-827
14Reading207492530-525
15Huddersfield206682733-624
16Leeds206592430-623
17Bolton2064102228-622
18Fulham2064103039-922
19Birmingham205781731-1422
20Millwall204882231-920
21Rotherham204881626-1020
22Brighton203982128-718
23Wigan203892026-617
24Blackpool2026121431-1712
View full Championship table

Top Stories