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Summary

  1. Brighton go level on points with leaders Newcastle
  2. Knockaert scores with low 20-yard shot
  3. Baldock makes it 2-0 from 12 yards
  4. Murray bundles in Brighton's third
  5. Norwich manager Neil sacked

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By Owen Phillips

All times stated are UK

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FT: Brighton 3-0 Derby

That's that for the Championship tonight. Here's Gary Smee's match report for the game at the Amex.

It was all a bit easy for Brighton in the end. Derby had more possession but did very little with it.

Join us again on Saturday for a packed programme in England's second tier.

Goodnight.

FT: Brighton 3-0 Derby

Brighton's Anthony Knockaert told Sky Sports: "Every three points is one more step to automatic promotion. The job is done. Now we have a good week and time to rest for the game against Leeds.

"We started well, we played great football and we scored early. At 2-0 up at half-time if you keep a clean sheet you get the three points."

FULL-TIME

Brighton 3-0 Derby

As comprehensive a home win as you are likely to see. Not a shot on target by Derby as Brighton go top. Anthony Knockaert was outstanding, the Seagulls just too good.

Brighton 3-0 Derby

Smiles everywhere you look among the Brighton fans and players. Abject misery for their Derby counterparts.

Sam Baldock goes very close to making it 4-0, but his deflected effort trickles just wide.

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Brighton 3-0 Derby

Three minutes of added time to play. 

Brighton 3-0 Derby

Derby are soon to be put out of their misery. On the pitch at least.

Manager Steve McClaren is likely to be a very angry man having witnessed this display. To understate things, they have been second best. 

Brighton 3-0 Derby

Derby's fans have little to cheer as they contemplate a long, depressing trek back to the East Midlands.

They have just sarcastically applauded a corner, just their second of the game. They still haven't had a shot on target.

The players and management don't look too happy either.

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SUBSTITUTION

Brighton 3-0 Derby

Sensibly Chris Hughton looks to rest his key men with the game won. Anthony Knockaert comes off, making way for Solly March.

Job done and the Brighton pair can discuss their goals from the sidelines.

SUBSTITUTION

Brighton 3-0 Derby

Glenn Murray has his 18th goal of the season and can now sit and relax. Tomer Hemed comes on. Goals for goals.

Brighton 3-0 Derby

It's all over now. Glenn Murray darts into the box, and his side-footed effort from Anthony Knockaert's cross is saved by keeper Scott Carson, but rebounds straight in.

Lucky in the end but Brighton have been on top throughout so Derby can have no complaints.

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GOAL - Brighton 3-0 Derby

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Brighton 2-0 Derby

There's not a lot of shape to the match now. Very bitty. Brighton won't care.

Brighton 2-0 Derby

Scott Carson hasn't had much to look back on with any glee tonight. Two goals conceded and the Derby keeper has just taken his second hefty whack of the game.

At least this time it was from an opponent, with the sizeable figure of Glenn Murray smashing into him to concede a free-kick as the striker went all out for a header in the Rams box.

Brighton 2-0 Derby

Derby have kept possession a bit better after the break. the introduction of Will Hughes and change in formation has helped

But still they are barely threatening the Brighton goal. Calling it a sporadic threat would be kind.

Brighton 2-0 Derby

Anthony Knockaert floats over a free-kick for Brighton who would love the security of a third goal to wrap up things at the Amex, but it drifts out. 

Glenn Murray then has a shot blocked in the box.

Derby still have time as we enter the final 20 minutes.

Brighton 2-0 Derby

Brighton's Glenn Murray hasn't got on the scoresheet but he has been hugely influential. The decision to rest him against Rotherham looks a wise one.

He looks sharp, is holding up the ball well, winning his headers and generally being a pain in the neck to the Derby defence.

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SUBSTITUTION

Brighton 2-0 Derby

Brighton captain Bruno comes off to standing ovation from the home fans. 

The Spaniard has had another more than steady game. On-loan Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomoro comes on.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Brighton 2-0 Derby

The closest the Rams have come to a goal sees a Matej Vydra header rebound off the top of the post and away to safety. A great effort. 

That would have been two in two for the Rams striker.

Brighton 2-0 Derby

Brighton break away but Sam Baldock is stopped in his tracks on the left.

In the last couple of minutes both teams are lucky not to have players yellow carded, Bruno could easily have gone in the book, as could Derby's Craig Bryson.

Brighton 2-0 Derby

Brighton are not afraid to pump it long when it makes sense. Derby's pressing forces them to do that, but with Glenn Murray winning his fair share of headers, it's often a good tactic.

Brighton 2-0 Derby

A fierce strike from Anthony Knockaert forces Scott Carson to tip the ball over the bar. It was a simple ball up top and the Brighton winger was first to react, cracking his effort straight down the middle.

It's a save Carson has to make.

Brighton 2-0 Derby

Liam Rosenior is having a fine game for Brighton. he's not had to much defending, but is playing a blinder going forward. That said Brighton's side is full of seven and eight out of 10 performances.

Brighton 2-0 Derby

The double change means Derby are back to a more familiar 4:3:3 formation with Will Hughes and Craig Bryson seemingly playing just in front of Jacob Butterfield in the middle of the park.

Brighton are unchanged. Everything is going tickety-boo from their point of view.

KICK-OFF

Brighton 2-0 Derby

Steve McClaren is not messing around, making a double substitution as Derby try to get back in the game.

Craig Bryson and Will Hughes are on, with Julien de Sart and David Nugent making way.

Rams reversal?

HT: Brighton 2-0 Derby

Well, unless there's a drastic - and we are talking drastic change - in the way the wind is blowing at the Amex, then Brighton will be joint top of the Championship come full time.

One goal and the nerves may start to creep in for the home side. But apart from one Darren Bent header, a Derby goal has not looked likely.

Coming up on Saturday

All games kick-off at 15:00 GMT

Here's what's in store tomorrow in the Championship...

  • Aston Villa v Sheffield Wednesday
  • Barnsley v Ipswich
  • Brentford v Huddersfield
  • Burton v Nottingham Forest
  • Cardiff v Birmingham
  • Leeds v QPR
  • Newcastle v Fulham
  • Norwich v Blackburn
  • Preston v Reading
  • Wigan v Bristol City
  • Wolves v Rotherham

Our EFL text commentary gets under way at 14:00 GMT.

HT: Brighton 2-0 Derby

The half-time stats do not make pretty viewing for Derby fans. One shot. Zero on target.

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HALF-TIME

Brighton 2-0 Derby

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We had more goal threat from Derby in time added on than for the rest of the half. But there's nothing doing as Tom Ince and Matej Vydra briefly threaten and Brighton are well on top at the break.

It's difficult to see the Rams coming back from this on that showing. Not good enough from a Derby point of view.

Brighton 2-0 Derby

And it's almost three. Sam Baldock curls an effort just wide. That would surely have been game over.

We have three minutes of added time.

Brighton 2-0 Derby

A lovely controlled finish from Sam Baldock and Brighton's superiority is rewarded with a second goal.

The striker made the most of the ball breaking kindly to him in the box to stroke it low past Scott Carson.

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GOAL - Brighton 2-0 Derby

Sam Baldock

Brighton 1-0 Derby

Derby are being pressed as soon as they approach the halfway line and have no solution.

The long ball is being dealt with no trouble at all and their passing is letting them down when they are under pressure.

Brighton are well on top at the moment. 

Brighton 1-0 Derby

David Nugent is doing plenty of running and chasing up front but most of it is closing down.

Like his fellow former England striker in the Derby line-up, he is not getting much in the way of service. At least Darren Bent has had a sight of goal. He's the only one to get anywhere near for the visitors.

CLOSE!

Brighton 1-0 Derby

More patient build-up play from Brighton sees Jiri Skalak played in down the left and his fine first-time cross is headed over by Glenn Murray.

Almost goal number 18 for the Seagulls top scorer. That was a big chance.

Brighton 1-0 Derby

It's all going to plan for Chris Hughton so far. A win and his Brighton side go level on points with one of his former clubs Newcastle.

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Brighton 1-0 Derby

Derby survive. Just. They look nervous at the back and if Brighton continue to get their set-piece delivery so spot on then a second goal seems very likely.

An almighty goalmouth scramble could easily have led to number two for the hosts.  

Brighton 1-0 Derby

More quality wingplay from Brighton. This time it's not Anthony Knockaert though as Liam Rosenior does a passable impression of Arjen Robben on the left and almost tees up a chance. Brighton now have a corner.

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'Derby have no motivation'

Brighton 1-0 Derby

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McClaren has £12 million forward Matej Vydra and he's probably the best number 10 in the league. 

A lot of their players are on a big pay day. McClaren has given up on the play-offs and that means no motivation.

Brighton 1-0 Derby

Brighton's more direct approach is causing no end of problems for the visitors, who are being forced to do a lot of defending, despite having more possession.

Derby haven't managed a shot on target yet, with just Darren Bent's header their only effort on goal.