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Derby County 2-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

Bradley Johnson heads in Derby's first-half equaliser against Brighton
Bradley Johnson's first-half header was his third goal for Derby since joining in the summer

Chris Martin's late penalty earned promotion-chasing Derby a draw against unbeaten Championship leaders Brighton.

James Wilson flicked home his second goal in two starts to put the visitors ahead against the run of play, but Bradley Johnson's far-post header levelled matters by half-time.

Rajiv van La Parra's strike, after a swift counter-attack, looked to have secured victory for the Seagulls.

But Martin made it 2-2 after Gordon Greer fouled Johnny Russell.

Martin's coolly taken spot-kick denied Brighton a win, but they remain unbeaten in 20 league games this season and stay two points clear at the top of the table after Middlesbrough's goalless draw away at Birmingham City.

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Chris Hughton on Derby v Brighton

The fine run looked in doubt early on as Derby, who drop a place to fourth, could have been ahead inside a minute through a Tom Ince strike that was deflected wide.

It set the tone for a bright start by the hosts with Martin having a shot saved, and Jason Shackell seeing a header cleared off the line before Ince volleyed straight at goalkeeper David Stockdale.

Brighton were lively on the break and went in front when on-loan Manchester United striker Wilson slotted the ball in from Jamie Murphy's fine cross following good work by Inigo Calderon.

James Wilson

Derby, who themselves have only lost twice in the league, slowly recovered and Johnson's towering header from Jacob Butterfield's deep corner deservedly brought them level.

Both sides struggled to create clear chances after the interval, but Brighton's quality on the break was apparent again when Dutch substitute Van La Parra sent the ball past keeper Lee Grant after Johnson was dispossessed in midfield.

Martin almost levelled after a sloppy backpass before scoring his first goal in seven games when his 88th-minute penalty beat Stockdale.

Derby boss Paul Clement:

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Paul Clement on Derby v Brighton

"We didn't deserve to lose the game, our start was very positive and then they produced a real moment of quality with a well taken goal against the run of play.

"A lot of credit goes to our players for not giving up, to keep going, and it was a cool finish from Chris (Martin) under real pressure. They had a difficult game to today and our players afterwards felt like it was a loss.

"We have a good record at home and that's the standards we are working towards but overall it's a hard fought point and I would have been really disappointed if we had lost that game."

Brighton boss Chris Hughton:

(On the late penalty) "I thought it was very harsh. Unless somebody shows me a different angle, from the one I've seen there's no doubt Gordon dives in because he has to but I don't see contact.

"The win would have meant a lot to us and we are disappointed but I think you have to give our players credit to come here against a team on such a good run with the quality they've got and I don't think anyone would have begrudged us the win."

Derby players celebrate their first-half equaliser against Brighton
Derby players celebrate their first-half equaliser against Brighton, their 16th home goal in 10 Championship matches
Rajiv van La Parra celebrates his goal against Derby
Dutch winger Rajiv van La Parra, who is on loan from Wolves, scored his first goal in his second substitute appearance
Chris Martin scores from the penalty spot
Chris Martin's goal was his first goal in seven games

Line-ups

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 2Christie
  • 6Keogh
  • 14Shackell
  • 37Warnock
  • 18ButterfieldSubstituted forHendrickat 74'minutes
  • 34ThorneSubstituted forBentat 80'minutes
  • 15JohnsonBooked at 29mins
  • 23Ince
  • 9Martin
  • 24WeimannSubstituted forRussellat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Hendrick
  • 10Bent
  • 11Russell
  • 12Baird
  • 16Pearce
  • 32Shotton
  • 35Mitchell

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 3Greer
  • 5Dunk
  • 14Calderon
  • 20MarchSubstituted forvan La Parraat 27'minutes
  • 6Stephens
  • 7Kayal
  • 15Murphy
  • 21WilsonSubstituted forZamoraat 82'minutes
  • 10HemedBooked at 32minsSubstituted forInceat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 4Hünemeier
  • 19Manu
  • 24Ince
  • 25Zamora
  • 27van La Parra
  • 28Chicksen
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
30,537

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home19
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

Foul by Tom Ince (Derby County).

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

Hand ball by Bobby Zamora (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

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

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Chris Martin (Derby County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Derby County. Johnny Russell draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Jason Shackell (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Johnny Russell with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by David Stockdale.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Rohan Ince replaces Tomer Hemed.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Bobby Zamora replaces James Wilson.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by David Stockdale.

Attempt saved. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Darren Bent replaces George Thorne.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Bruno.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Rajiv van La Parra (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Dale Stephens.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Jeff Hendrick replaces Jacob Butterfield.

Attempt blocked. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Wilson with a headed pass.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Cyrus Christie (Derby County) because of an injury.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Andreas Weimann.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Lee Grant.

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton20119029181142
2Middlesbrough20124429121740
3Hull20115429131638
4Derby20108228131538
5Burnley209832619735
6Ipswich208752927231
7Cardiff207942420430
8Sheff Wed207942724330
9Birmingham208572522329
10Brentford208572827129
11Blackburn206952218427
12Reading207672623327
13QPR207672425-127
14Wolves206772525025
15Nottm Forest206682020024
16Preston205961616024
17Fulham205873335-223
18Leeds205871822-423
19Bristol City204792033-1319
20Huddersfield2046102030-1018
21Charlton2045111732-1517
22MK Dons2044121527-1216
23Rotherham2043132236-1415
24Bolton2019101429-1512
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