REPORT: ALBION 2 DERBY 0- Albion keep consecutive home clean sheets for the first time this season.
- Dale Stephens’s first goal since April last year when he netted against Blackpool.
- Kazenga LuaLua also on target for the Seagulls.
- Stockdale makes three excellent saves with the score at 0-0.
- Albion move nine points clear of the relegation zone and up to 18th in the Championship table.
Brighton & Hove Albion defeated Derby County 2-0 to make it three wins in a row at the Amex.
Chris Hughton made two changes to the side that lost to Bolton with Danny Holla and Chris O’Grady coming in for Rohan Ince and the injured Craig Mackail-Smith.
In what was a fairly even opening, it was the Rams who had the first chance of the game when Jeff Hendrick’s excellent curling effort rattled the crossbar.
Albion had their first chance when Sam Baldock unleashed a fierce shot that stung the palms of Lee Grant in the Derby goal.
On the 20-minute mark Beram Kayal did well to find space for a cross but Inigo Calderon was put off by a deflection and the chance went begging.
In the 28th minute Johnny Russell fed Tom Ince, who used his pace to get in behind Albion’s defence. However, despite beating David Stockdale, he didn’t get enough contact on the ball and Lewis Dunk was able to clear.
Just before half-time Ince weaved his way through Albion’s defence but Stockdale was equal to his low drive before Albion’s number one made an excellent one-handed save to palm Richard Keogh’s header away from danger.
The Rams started the second half strongly and had Albion camped in their own half.
Four minutes in Jamie Ward flashed a dangerous ball across the six-yard box but it was just too long for the arriving Russell.
Craig Bryson then tried his luck from range but Dunk threw himself at the ball and deflected it wide of the target.
In the 57th minute Stockdale made another excellent to deny Hendrick and keep the scores level.
In the 69th minute Albion took the lead when sub Dale Stephens headed the ball into the path of Calderon, then reacted quickest to the loose ball before finishing low past Grant.
Five minutes later Ince found substitute Jesse Lingard inside the box but the Manchester United loanee fired over from close range.
Substitute Kazenga LuaLua doubled Albion’s lead in the 76th minute with a powerful low drive into the bottom right corner from O'Grady's excellent through ball.
The Rams then stormed forward in search of a comeback but Albion continued to defend well to record their first win over Derby in six games.
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