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Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 Derby County

Brighton v Derby
Derby beat Brighton 3-0 at Pride Park in December

Derby County dropped to second in the Championship as Brighton recorded a third consecutive win at home.

The Rams, wearing black arm bands in memory of club legend Dave Mackay, who died on Monday aged 80, created plenty of chances, but were punished for poor second-half defending.

Dale Stephens swept in a loose ball to put Brighton ahead and Kazenga LuaLua hammered in a second.

The result eases the Seagulls' survival fears, lifting them up to 18th.

A minute's applause was held before the game in honour of Mackay, who won promotion to the top flight as a player with Derby in 1969 and returned to manage them to the First Division title in 1975.

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McClaren on Brighton v Derby

Those were golden years for the Rams, and while this current crop of players have put themselves in a strong position to restore Premier League football at Pride Park, their prospects have suffered a blow following back-to-back defeats, and they could drop out of the top two if Norwich beat Wigan on Wednesday.

Last week's loss at Fulham was a first in eight for Steve McClaren's side, but they were inches away from leading early on when Hendrick curled against the woodwork from 20 yards.

Richard Keogh also came close before the break, with David Stockdale tipping his header over the bar.

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Hughton on Brighton v Derby

But Brighton, who have improved during Chris Hughton's two months in charge, went ahead when substitute Stephens reacted first to his own header and steered home from inside the box.

It had come after relentless Derby pressure, with Jamie Ward and Hendrick missing the best of a series of chances.

But the Seagulls stunned the visitors again, and put themselves nine points above the drop zone, when Chris O'Grady slipped in LuaLua, who had acres of space to finish.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "We showed great character against a very good footballing team. You can see why they are in this position.

"Had Derby scored in the first 15 minutes of the second half it would have been very tough for us.

"It's a very uncomfortable and nervy feeling to be only a point above the relegation zone, so certainly the feeling is more comfortable at this moment.

"Games come thick and fast and we must try and win some games away from home now."

Derby County manager Steve McClaren: "We dominated the game and played the Derby way; I thought we were excellent.

"Last Saturday we didn't deserve to win and tonight we didn't deserve to lose. I was pleased with what I saw; playing like that will give us results."

McClaren said he could dip into the loan market to cover for injured strikers Chris Martin and Darren Bent: "We are looking, but there is no problem to go again with Johnny Russell - he did a great job.

"He showed energy and a willingness to run, he is a centre-forward and he will score goals."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 3GreerBooked at 45mins
  • 5Dunk
  • 30BennettBooked at 61mins
  • 22Holla
  • 28KayalSubstituted forLedesmaat 90+5'minutes
  • 14Calderon
  • 17J TeixeiraSubstituted forStephensat 67'minutes
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forLua Luaat 40'minutes
  • 11O'Grady

Substitutes

  • 4Hughes
  • 6Stephens
  • 19Best
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 31Walton
  • 32Ledesma
  • 33Halford

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 32ShottonBooked at 81mins
  • 6Keogh
  • 5Buxton
  • 3ForsythBooked at 80mins
  • 8Hendrick
  • 33MascarellBooked at 62minsSubstituted forDawkinsat 76'minutes
  • 4BrysonBooked at 31mins
  • 23Ince
  • 11RussellSubstituted forThomasat 76'minutes
  • 10WardSubstituted forLingardat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Dawkins
  • 16Lingard
  • 19Hughes
  • 21Roos
  • 29Thomas
  • 36Albentosa
  • 37Warnock
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
23,665

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home7
Away19
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away12
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Derby County 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Derby County 0.

Attempt saved. Chris O'Grady (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Emmanuel Ledesma replaces Beram Kayal.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Forsyth with a cross.

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

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

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. David Stockdale tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).

David Stockdale (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Dale Stephens.

Tom Ince (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Attempt blocked. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

Booking

Ryan Shotton (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Shotton (Derby County).

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Craig Forsyth (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Derby County 0. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris O'Grady with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Kwame Thomas replaces Johnny Russell.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Simon Dawkins replaces Omar Mascarell.

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Ince.

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Derby County).

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jesse Lingard replaces Jamie Ward.

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

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Derby County 0. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dale Stephens.

Dangerous play by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Dale Stephens replaces João Teixeira.

Attempt missed. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Holla with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Derby County).

goal

As It Stood

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2Derby35198866372965
3Watford352051070422865
4Bournemouth35189869383163
5Norwich34188866372962
6Brentford351941257451261
7Ipswich34179854361860
8Wolves35169104842657
9Nottm Forest351311115750750
10Sheff Wed341113103032-246
11Blackburn341112114344-145
12Charlton351015103944-545
13Cardiff351111134246-444
14Birmingham341012123950-1142
15Huddersfield35119154560-1542
16Leeds34118153645-941
17Bolton35118164354-1141
18Reading35118163753-1641
19Brighton35913134043-340
20Fulham35116184659-1339
21Rotherham35813143553-1837
22Millwall35710183056-2631
23Wigan34610183147-1628
24Blackpool34410202968-3922
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