Derby County (0) 0
Brighton & Hove Albion (0) 3
Penney, A. Young, Smith
Division Two, 17 March 1984.
From December to the start of April, Chris Cattlin’s side only conceded two first-half goals in 18 league matches.
This was another strong defensive display, particularly by Perry Digweed, who had a hex on Bobby Davison and Andy Garner’s goalscoring efforts. With a very scrappy 0-0 stalemate at the interval here, the Seagulls’ three second-half goals proved decisive, enabling them to complete a home and away double over the Rams, managed by former Albion boss Peter Taylor.
The victory maintained Brighton’s healthy tenth position in Division Two, and pushed the Rams closer to relegation.
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1.Yakka Banovic- Former Australian international keeper who made 35 league appearances for the Rams from 1980 to 1984. Confusion between Steve Buckley and him led to Albion’s first goal.
2.John Barton- Right-back who made 18 appearances during the season. Headed wide from a John McAlle free-kick in the first half.
3.Steve Buckley- Long serving defender who reached 231 league appearances for the Rams by the end of 1983/84. Drilled a narrow drive over the bar just before the break, but his error in the second half opened the floodgates.
4.Steve Powell- Another experienced defender. Played 36 games, taking his Rams total to over 300.
5.Dave Watson- Experienced former Sunderland, Manchester City, Werder Bremen, Southampton and England centre-half. However, he allowed Danny Wilson to ‘round’ him on 77 minutes. His contract with Derby was cancelled in May 1984.
6.Kenny Burns- Voted the Football Writers Awards’ Footballer of the Year for 1977/78. Won the league and two European Cups at Nottingham Forest.
7.Calvin Plummer- Former Nottingham Forest and Chesterfield winger who controversially played in an unofficial tour of South Africa in 1982.
8.Bobby Davison- The Rams’ top scorer with 14 league goals in 1983/84. Had a chance early on, but his shot was stopped by Digweed.
9.Kevin Wilson- Striker who later joined Ipswich Town in 1985. Currently manager of Nuneaton Town.
10.Andy Garner- Former Rams apprentice in his first campaign in the first team. Ended the season with five goals from 13 matches.
11.John McAlle- Former Wolves and Sheffield United player capable of playing in a variety of roles. Provided the free-kick that led to Barton’s chance in the first half.
1.Perry Digweed- A rare outing for Digweed and he showed he was in fine form, making a catalogue of saves, including diving at Davison’s feet on 26 minutes.
2.Kieran O’Regan- In his first season as a regular with the Albion. Had a shot in the first half, but it went wide.
3.Chris Hutchings- Defender and midfielder who had joined the Albion from Chelsea earlier in the campaign.
4.Jimmy Case- Hit the woodwork in each half, including the crossbar from a corner.
5.Eric Young- Accidentally injured Digweed with his boot as the keeper stopped Garner.
6.Willie Young- Experienced former Arsenal, Nottingham Forest and Norwich defender reaching the end of his career. Made a mistake early on to let in Davison for a sight on goal.
7.Danny Wilson- Picked up the ball in the centre circle and ran like a knife through butter through the Derby defence, before supplying Gordon Smith with the third goal.
8.Gary Howlett- Lurked on the left of the penalty area to set up Alan Young’s goal.
9.Alan Young- Netted his ninth goal of the season in the 63rd minute when he volleyed in Howlett’s chipped cross to double the Brighton lead.
10.Gordon Smith- Made it 3-0 with 13 minutes to go, crashing in his powerful shot after being supplied by Wilson.
11.Steve Penney- Was off-target with a shot in the first half. However, he capitalised on the confusion between Buckley and Banovic to score at the far post on 55 minutes, his first in league football.
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