REPORT: ALBION 1 DERBY 1
- Andreas Weimann gave Derby the lead
- James Wilson scores a stoppage-time equaliser
- 30,292 watched the game making it a record attendance at the Amex
- Lewis Dunk is sent off late in the game
Ten-man Brighton & Hove Albion claimed a dramatic draw with Derby County thanks to James Wilson’s stoppage-time equaliser.
The result lifted Albion up to second in the table, ahead of Burnley, who were due to face QPR later in the afternoon at Turf Moor.
Andreas Weimann’s 71st-minute strike looked enough to claim all three points for the Rams, then Lewis Dunk was sent off late in the game to add to Albion's angst, before Wilson fired home to send the Amex into raptures.
Unchanged Albion had their first chance of the game when Beram Kayal manoevered into space but saw his low driven effort deflected wide of the target.
The Rams could have broken the deadlock on the counter-attack, as Tom Ince was found in space of the left-hand side, but his subsequent shot hit the side-netting.
Anthony Knockaert came agonisingly close to putting Albion ahead with a curling free-kick, but Jason Shackell managed to divert the Frenchman’s effort over the bar.
The Seagulls then broke forward in a slick move, as Dunk’s superb cross-field pass was excellently controlled by Knockaert. He then played in Bruno and the Spaniard’s floated delivery into the box was blasted wide by Jiri Skalak.
Liam Rosenior and Sam Baldock linked up superbly to play in Skalak, whose curling delivery into the box was headed wide by Tomer Hemed.
Knockaert weaved his way forward and linked up well with Kayal, who played in Skalak again, but his cross was cleared behind. From the following corner, Dunk rose highest in the box, but saw his header go wide.
The Rams started the second half brightly and they tested David Stockdale three times in the opening few minutes, denying Ince, Johnny Russell and Will Hughes with three saves.
Brighton had a penalty appeal turned down when Knockaert went tumbling inside the box following a challenge from George Thorne, but referee Robert Madley let play continue.
There was another key talking point in the game just moments later, after Ince appeared to have his arm raised as he clashed with Bruno and the Rams player was shown a yellow card.
Hughton freshened up his attack with just under 25 minutes left, when both Kazenga LuaLua and Wilson replaced Baldock and Skalak.
The former almost made an immediate impact, as his volley from distance forced a low stop from Scott Carson.
However, it was Derby’s change that saw first blood drawn in the game, after Weimann came on to replace Ince and broke the deadlock within a minute of entering the pitch.
The Austrian forced a fine stop from Stockdale with his first attempt, before he prodded home the rebound into the bottom corner.
Albion were then reduced to ten men after Dunk was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Craig Bryson, before Chris Martin fired the resulting free-kick over the target.
But the Seagulls had the last word when Knockaert’s corner caused mayhem in the Derby box and Wilson saw his close range strike deflect beyond Carson much to the delight of the record Amex crowd.
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