Date:Monday August 12 2013
Attendance: 26,238 (1,046 Derby)
After giving myself a full 36 hours to mull this game over in my mind, I find that I can only give the facts as I saw them. I don't want to diss the team I love but if that's what the facts do then so be it.
On a sunny slightly blustery (if wind can be slightly blustery) day, I took my seat in the North stand keen to get the taste of the Leeds and Newport defeats out of my mouth; within 17 minutes I was cheering with the rest of the norf boys as Leonardo expertly headed home a right wing cross.
Here we go I thought, oh how wrong could any one person be?
For the rest of the first half the Albion looked disjointed and without a game plan. Rohan Ince making his senior debut wandered aimlessly around the midfield, seemingly looking for the senior members of the side to tell him what to do. Both he and Agustien diving into tackles that the Derby players just gleefully skipped past.
When we did get the ball, Agustien was all to often wasteful with his inaccurate passing, in fact we seemed to be trying to play 5o yard passes across field that were easily being intercepted by a confident Derby defence.
Coming forward, the Rams were finding space all to easily and Calderon in particular was left very exposed, although crosses were coming in from both wings, flashing across the goalmouth time after time.
Inevitably in the 27th minute, one of these crosses found Chris Martin (who I pointed out as their main man in the preview!) who rode a desperate tackle to stab home past the helpless Kuszczak.
If Brighton got off to a stormer in the first half then Derby managed that in the second, Martin again being shown the whole of the goal to smash past the big Pole in the goal.
After this for 20 minutes, Brighton suddenly started to string some passes together and Ulloa had another fantastic header hit the post and roll across the 6 yard box, with no CMS to tap it home.
Albion then seemed to run out of any new ideas and apart from another Ulloa header didn't really trouble Grant in the Derby goal.
There is talk of us having a penalty shout but even if we had been given it, i'm certain it would have been missed on the awful day.
Thanks to having to use a walking stick, I had to forgoe the 5 minutes stoppage time to not get trampled getting my train but unfortunately I wasn't to rue this decision as Derby held on for a justified win.
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Date:Monday August 12 2013
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