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Brighton & Hove Albion 3-0 Derby County

Anthony Knockaert
Anthony Knockaert scored his 13th Championship goal of the season for Brighton

Brighton eased to victory against out-of-form Derby to move level on points with Championship leaders Newcastle.

Winger Anthony Knockaert fired the Seagulls ahead early on, with a low 20-yard effort into the corner.

Sam Baldock slotted the ball in to double the lead just before the break.

Matej Vydra headed against the outside of the post for Derby, before Glenn Murray bundled in his 18th goal of the campaign from Knockaert's cross to seal Brighton's 14th home win of the season.

The Seagulls remain second in the table with an inferior goal difference to Newcastle, but now have a nine-point buffer to Huddersfield in third - albeit the Terriers have two games in hand.

Of their nine matches left, seven are against sides in the bottom half of the table as they look to return to the top flight for the first time since 1982-83.

Following a trip to play-off chasing Leeds next Saturday, April's fixture list is kind to Chris Hughton's men with home games against Blackburn, Birmingham, Wigan and Bristol City.

Their outstanding frontline of Murray, Baldock and Knockaert have now scored 42 Championship goals between them this campaign, and gave Derby's defenders a torrid time with their pace, movement and clinical finishing.

Former Leicester forward Knockaert was instrumental in most of Brighton's attacking play, bending home a superb effort to open the scoring and seeing Scott Carson tip over his fierce second-half strike.

The Rams started with former England pair Darren Bent and David Nugent up front, but Brighton's defence were rarely troubled in keeping their 19th clean sheet of the season.

Derby, who are 10th and 10 points behind sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday, have now only picked up six points from their past nine matches and their play-off hopes appear to be over for another season.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "We now have 77 points and there is no points target from our last nine games.

"We've got some tough games coming up and everybody is fighting. But we're on the back of a really good performance against a really good side tonight. We were very good from start to finish.

"The timing of the first goal was pivotal, the second just before half-time lifted us and we were able to take that on in the second half."

Derby County boss Steve McClaren: "It was a lesson for my team and this showed how far Brighton have come. They are going up for certain. Murray was a great signing and Brighton are a team that are going up. The gap showed.

"It was a reality check for us. We have played three games in a week and we couldn't deal with the physicality of that.

"That is the benchmark of where we need to go. In the 16 months I was away teams have really kicked on in terms of physicality. The league has kicked on. We need to learn the lessons and kick on ourselves."

McClaren on his future at Derby: "I am confident I can take it on, absolutely. We need to take the club on to the next level and from one day we knew that.

"The chairman wants Derby in the Premier League. We have all the resources and don't need to panic. We need to prepare to face Forest on Saturday and then take this club on."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2BrunoSubstituted forTomoriat 65'minutes
  • 4Hünemeier
  • 5Dunk
  • 23Rosenior
  • 11KnockaertSubstituted forMarchat 82'minutes
  • 6Stephens
  • 7Kayal
  • 8Skalak
  • 17MurraySubstituted forHemedat 79'minutes
  • 9Baldock

Substitutes

  • 10Hemed
  • 14Sidwell
  • 20March
  • 21Norwood
  • 26Walton
  • 27Tomori
  • 28Akpom

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 2Christie
  • 12Baird
  • 16Pearce
  • 29Olsson
  • 10Ince
  • 17de SartSubstituted forBrysonat 45'minutes
  • 18Butterfield
  • 23Vydra
  • 28NugentSubstituted forHughesat 45'minutes
  • 11Bent

Substitutes

  • 4Bryson
  • 7Russell
  • 8Anya
  • 19Hughes
  • 25Lowe
  • 35Mitchell
  • 38Bennett
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
27,552

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home16
Away3
Shots on Target
Home6
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Chris Baird.

Attempt blocked. Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tomer Hemed with a through ball.

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

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

Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

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

Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Tomer Hemed replaces Glenn Murray.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Derby County 0. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

Attempt saved. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

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

Cyrus Christie (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by Markus Olsson (Derby County).

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Alex Pearce (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Scott Carson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Fikayo Tomori with a headed pass.

Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Derby County).

Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle36245769294077
2Brighton37238663313277
3Huddersfield3521594639768
4Leeds362051150361465
5Reading36197104946364
6Sheff Wed361881048351362
7Fulham351512860411957
8Norwich36158136154753
9Preston361411114845353
10Derby371410133936352
11Barnsley36148145452250
12Brentford35138145451347
13Cardiff36138154952-347
14QPR36137164150-946
15Aston Villa361112133539-445
16Ipswich361014123643-744
17Birmingham361110153753-1643
18Nottm Forest36117185161-1040
19Burton36911163548-1338
20Blackburn35910164051-1137
21Wolves3499164046-636
22Bristol City3698194553-835
23Wigan36810183141-1034
24Rotherham3645273281-4917
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