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ALBION went down 2-1 on Thursday night, leaving them needing a win in the East Midlands tomorrow afternoon. But despite Derby’s impressive home record this season, the Albion faithful are confident of making it through. Reporter Ben James previews Sunday’s crunch match.

NEARLY three thousand Albion fans will make the journey up the M1 tomorrow hoping to cheer the team to victory.

Following Thursday night’s 2-1 defeat, Oscar’s boys will need to beat Derby County in their own backyard to make it to Wembley and the chance for promotion to the Premier League.

But despite the uphill task ahead, supporters have spoken of their confidence before the crunch match.

Bill Arnold, who travels to games at the Amex from his home in Bradford, said it was still all to play for.

Speaking moments after returning home from a mammoth journey to the Amex on Thursday night, he said: “I still think we can do it. I’m confident, I’ve got my ticket for Sunday.

“I set off from where I was staying in Lancing at 8.30am and I’ve just got in. It took about four hours.

“For the first 20 minutes we were brilliant. In the second half their keeper made a couple of excellent saves, he really kept them in it.

“I also think we had a good shout for a penalty. They were all over Ulloa all night. They got away with |murder.

“I didn’t see anything to particularly worry us. I see no reason why we can’t get a result at Derby.”

With nothing to lose, he urged the team to go out with a more attacking mindset against the Rams.

He said: “I think LuaLua should be brought into the game early and maybe even start with Craig Mackail-Smith. He looked really good last night, he wanted to get forward and get the ball in the box.

“There was a good atmosphere at the Amex and I know there will be a great atmosphere on Sunday. Everyone will be up for it, I can’t wait.”

While the majority of the 27,118 left disappointed on Thursday night, there was cause for optimism.

Albion fan Paul Spencer said: “It’s only half time and we are better away from home so why not? We have to come out and attack. If we do then who knows? If we can be as good as we were in the second half against Forest then we can do it.”

Lee Crowborough, from Brighton, who was also at the Amex on Thursday, agreed.

He said: “In the first 20 minutes we were all over them and then the goal killed us a bit. But it’s only half time. I don’t see why we can’t go up there and do it.”

Albion have been allocated 2,700 seats for the second leg at Derby’s iPro Staidum.

And although they are set to be outnumbered 10 to one, Albion legend Dick Knight backed the travelling support to drown out the home fans.

Speaking from his home yesterday, he said: “There will be 2,700 on Sunday but they will sound like 27,000. The away support this season has been incredible and I will be there with them on Sunday.

“Those who go to the away games are passionate and know their football.

“There will be a tidal wave of noise from before the game willing them on.

“They really can make a difference. You only need to look at the game against Forest where they pretty much willed the ball into the net.”

The former club chairman also called on Oscar Garcia to make use of Albion’s wide players on Sunday.

He said: “I think Solly March and Lua Lua should start as they did against Leicester. They attacked from the off and caused havoc. I was there and we deserved to win 4-1.

“I also think Craig Mackail-Smith should get more of a chance, he looked good on Thursday and should certainly get more than 10 minutes.

“All the pressure is on them, we are very much the underdogs and I think that could help. I think we can do it.”

Former Albion vice chairman and director John Campbell will not be at the game.

However, he does have a good excuse – he lives 6,000 miles away in Cape Town.

Speaking to The Argus, he said: “I am very calm this time which I didn’t feel against Palace last year despite the fact we were favourites.

“I could feel something was not right before the game. This year as underdogs I feel that we are in great hands.”

The former board member moved to South Africa to work as a mind coach. He now works with footballers to teach them how to use their minds positively to improve their performance.

He added: “As someone who understands the mind, I love Oscar Garcia. I like the way he only speaks of the positive all the time in interviews.

“This guy really understands the power of the mind and despite the media trying to get him to speak about negative things he stoically and steadfastly guides it back to the positive.

“He’s quiet and extremely intelligent – that’s what matters in the end.”

Mr Campbell will be watching the game on South African sports channel SuperSport with three coaches he has recently converted.

He compared this year’s campaign to that of 1991.

He said: “I remember how we just sneaked in with the last-minute goal.

“I'll always remember exploding with sheer joy as Dean Wilkins’ left foot curling free kick left the veteran Ipswich goal keeper clutching at air to give us the point we needed.”

He added: “Very few expected us to beat Millwall at home on the Sunday at the Goldstone but we pulverized them with a certain Robert Codner playing out of his skin.

“We then went to the Old Den for the return and it was very hostile. We played well and beat them 2-1 again and made it through to Wembley.

“Let’s hope for more of the same this time round.”

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8:12am Sat 10 May 14

Jules boy says...

This time last week a win guaranteed nothing, a win this week and were guaranteed at least a penalty shoot out, still in our hands - think it all depends on how brave Oscar will be with his team selection, need CMS and Ince to start, Kaz on early again.
This time last week a win guaranteed nothing, a win this week and were guaranteed at least a penalty shoot out, still in our hands - think it all depends on how brave Oscar will be with his team selection, need CMS and Ince to start, Kaz on early again. Jules boy
  • Score: 1

8:38am Sat 10 May 14

Sheil says...

I'm sorry to say I posted yesterday as to why we were not told about the attendance figure at the match.....now here is a reference to it being 27,118 ?

I cannot get my head around this figure as we are regularly told at home matches there are in excess of 27,000, & Thursday the South stand was virtually full, & the terraces were packed......what's going on?

It kind of looks suspicious I feel........what do other posters think?
I'm sorry to say I posted yesterday as to why we were not told about the attendance figure at the match.....now here is a reference to it being 27,118 ? I cannot get my head around this figure as we are regularly told at home matches there are in excess of 27,000, & Thursday the South stand was virtually full, & the terraces were packed......what's going on? It kind of looks suspicious I feel........what do other posters think? Sheil
  • Score: -3

8:43am Sat 10 May 14

Asleep in Dorset says...

Sheil wrote:
I'm sorry to say I posted yesterday as to why we were not told about the attendance figure at the match.....now here is a reference to it being 27,118 ?

I cannot get my head around this figure as we are regularly told at home matches there are in excess of 27,000, & Thursday the South stand was virtually full, & the terraces were packed......what's going on?

It kind of looks suspicious I feel........what do other posters think?
couldn't give a monkey's ? More important thing to think about.
[quote][p][bold]Sheil[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry to say I posted yesterday as to why we were not told about the attendance figure at the match.....now here is a reference to it being 27,118 ? I cannot get my head around this figure as we are regularly told at home matches there are in excess of 27,000, & Thursday the South stand was virtually full, & the terraces were packed......what's going on? It kind of looks suspicious I feel........what do other posters think?[/p][/quote]couldn't give a monkey's ? More important thing to think about. Asleep in Dorset
  • Score: -3

8:43am Sat 10 May 14

rogerthefish says...

I thought Brighton were woefull the other day, just my opinion.
I thought Brighton were woefull the other day, just my opinion. rogerthefish
  • Score: 7

9:37am Sat 10 May 14

brightonline says...

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzz.......... brightonline
  • Score: 2

9:54am Sat 10 May 14

9 of us says...

rogerthefish wrote:
I thought Brighton were woefull the other day, just my opinion.
i think pric#k like you are simply sad. Just my opinion.
[quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: I thought Brighton were woefull the other day, just my opinion.[/p][/quote]i think pric#k like you are simply sad. Just my opinion. 9 of us
  • Score: 2

9:55am Sat 10 May 14

9 of us says...

rogerthefish wrote:
I thought Brighton were woefull the other day, just my opinion.
i think pric#k like you are simply sad. Just my opinion.
[quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: I thought Brighton were woefull the other day, just my opinion.[/p][/quote]i think pric#k like you are simply sad. Just my opinion. 9 of us
  • Score: -9

11:51am Sat 10 May 14

edgelow says...

I hope they get well beaten... not because I want them to lose but because they don't deserve to win... they finished 15 points below derby and got beaten by them twice...... they're useless
I hope they get well beaten... not because I want them to lose but because they don't deserve to win... they finished 15 points below derby and got beaten by them twice...... they're useless edgelow
  • Score: 2

12:32pm Sat 10 May 14

Jules boy says...

edgelow wrote:
I hope they get well beaten... not because I want them to lose but because they don't deserve to win... they finished 15 points below derby and got beaten by them twice...... they're useless
Disappear then!
[quote][p][bold]edgelow[/bold] wrote: I hope they get well beaten... not because I want them to lose but because they don't deserve to win... they finished 15 points below derby and got beaten by them twice...... they're useless[/p][/quote]Disappear then! Jules boy
  • Score: -5

1:20pm Sat 10 May 14

south1919 says...

Sheil wrote:
I'm sorry to say I posted yesterday as to why we were not told about the attendance figure at the match.....now here is a reference to it being 27,118 ?

I cannot get my head around this figure as we are regularly told at home matches there are in excess of 27,000, & Thursday the South stand was virtually full, & the terraces were packed......what's going on?

It kind of looks suspicious I feel........what do other posters think?
Crowd fiddlers been saying it all season ,all to do with advertising i've been told ,looks better for investors,so sneaky crowd fiddlers
[quote][p][bold]Sheil[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry to say I posted yesterday as to why we were not told about the attendance figure at the match.....now here is a reference to it being 27,118 ? I cannot get my head around this figure as we are regularly told at home matches there are in excess of 27,000, & Thursday the South stand was virtually full, & the terraces were packed......what's going on? It kind of looks suspicious I feel........what do other posters think?[/p][/quote]Crowd fiddlers been saying it all season ,all to do with advertising i've been told ,looks better for investors,so sneaky crowd fiddlers south1919
  • Score: 2

3:05pm Sat 10 May 14

Wide Bertha says...

enjoying the football supporters' mentality in the coomments...
enjoying the football supporters' mentality in the coomments... Wide Bertha
  • Score: 0

4:23pm Sat 10 May 14

To baldly go says...

south1919 wrote:
Sheil wrote:
I'm sorry to say I posted yesterday as to why we were not told about the attendance figure at the match.....now here is a reference to it being 27,118 ?

I cannot get my head around this figure as we are regularly told at home matches there are in excess of 27,000, & Thursday the South stand was virtually full, & the terraces were packed......what's going on?

It kind of looks suspicious I feel........what do other posters think?
Crowd fiddlers been saying it all season ,all to do with advertising i've been told ,looks better for investors,so sneaky crowd fiddlers
It's actually what ALL clubs do, ticket sales! Season tickets sold are counted for every game plus all other tickets sold, home and away supporters, I would think that at most home games about 10% of season ticket holders cannot turn up for various reasons, work, holidays or family commitments etc, hence the high count but empty seats on show.
The play off game, although the stadium looked packed was probably a more accurate count of fans that actually turned up?
[quote][p][bold]south1919[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sheil[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry to say I posted yesterday as to why we were not told about the attendance figure at the match.....now here is a reference to it being 27,118 ? I cannot get my head around this figure as we are regularly told at home matches there are in excess of 27,000, & Thursday the South stand was virtually full, & the terraces were packed......what's going on? It kind of looks suspicious I feel........what do other posters think?[/p][/quote]Crowd fiddlers been saying it all season ,all to do with advertising i've been told ,looks better for investors,so sneaky crowd fiddlers[/p][/quote]It's actually what ALL clubs do, ticket sales! Season tickets sold are counted for every game plus all other tickets sold, home and away supporters, I would think that at most home games about 10% of season ticket holders cannot turn up for various reasons, work, holidays or family commitments etc, hence the high count but empty seats on show. The play off game, although the stadium looked packed was probably a more accurate count of fans that actually turned up? To baldly go
  • Score: 1

5:14pm Sat 10 May 14

c.s.holmes says...

To baldly go wrote:
south1919 wrote:
Sheil wrote:
I'm sorry to say I posted yesterday as to why we were not told about the attendance figure at the match.....now here is a reference to it being 27,118 ?

I cannot get my head around this figure as we are regularly told at home matches there are in excess of 27,000, & Thursday the South stand was virtually full, & the terraces were packed......what's going on?

It kind of looks suspicious I feel........what do other posters think?
Crowd fiddlers been saying it all season ,all to do with advertising i've been told ,looks better for investors,so sneaky crowd fiddlers
It's actually what ALL clubs do, ticket sales! Season tickets sold are counted for every game plus all other tickets sold, home and away supporters, I would think that at most home games about 10% of season ticket holders cannot turn up for various reasons, work, holidays or family commitments etc, hence the high count but empty seats on show.
The play off game, although the stadium looked packed was probably a more accurate count of fans that actually turned up?
The stadium didn't look packed to me. In fact I was trying to recall a game I had seen more empty seats and I couldn't. I also couldn't recall a game with a bigger away crowd. Considering a mobile unit was out selling tickets up till kick-off it was a shock. I know of quite a few Derby fans in the home stands as well. Watch the I - pro rock tomorrow, they'll show you how it's done.
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]south1919[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sheil[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry to say I posted yesterday as to why we were not told about the attendance figure at the match.....now here is a reference to it being 27,118 ? I cannot get my head around this figure as we are regularly told at home matches there are in excess of 27,000, & Thursday the South stand was virtually full, & the terraces were packed......what's going on? It kind of looks suspicious I feel........what do other posters think?[/p][/quote]Crowd fiddlers been saying it all season ,all to do with advertising i've been told ,looks better for investors,so sneaky crowd fiddlers[/p][/quote]It's actually what ALL clubs do, ticket sales! Season tickets sold are counted for every game plus all other tickets sold, home and away supporters, I would think that at most home games about 10% of season ticket holders cannot turn up for various reasons, work, holidays or family commitments etc, hence the high count but empty seats on show. The play off game, although the stadium looked packed was probably a more accurate count of fans that actually turned up?[/p][/quote]The stadium didn't look packed to me. In fact I was trying to recall a game I had seen more empty seats and I couldn't. I also couldn't recall a game with a bigger away crowd. Considering a mobile unit was out selling tickets up till kick-off it was a shock. I know of quite a few Derby fans in the home stands as well. Watch the I - pro rock tomorrow, they'll show you how it's done. c.s.holmes
  • Score: -1

7:25pm Sat 10 May 14

Hotbeans says...

Kind of a slow news day then.
Kind of a slow news day then. Hotbeans
  • Score: -1

10:07pm Sat 10 May 14

FatherTed11 says...

Fingers crossed Derby!
Fingers crossed Derby! FatherTed11
  • Score: -1

1:08am Sun 11 May 14

Ken in Spain says...

Not sure people on here realize how it works. In the Goldstone days we were crammed in and told the attendance was 22,000 . No one believed it then but times have changed and you actually report the number of seats sold nowadays. Nothing suspicious, just correct accounting and tax paid. I miss the old days when we all paid cash.
Not sure people on here realize how it works. In the Goldstone days we were crammed in and told the attendance was 22,000 . No one believed it then but times have changed and you actually report the number of seats sold nowadays. Nothing suspicious, just correct accounting and tax paid. I miss the old days when we all paid cash. Ken in Spain
  • Score: 1

8:34am Sun 11 May 14

Reading fan in Brighton says...

edgelow wrote:
I hope they get well beaten... not because I want them to lose but because they don't deserve to win... they finished 15 points below derby and got beaten by them twice...... they're useless
Couldn't agree more, most negative team in the Championship! If all teams played like Brighton, it would kill football, COME ON DERBY!!!
[quote][p][bold]edgelow[/bold] wrote: I hope they get well beaten... not because I want them to lose but because they don't deserve to win... they finished 15 points below derby and got beaten by them twice...... they're useless[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more, most negative team in the Championship! If all teams played like Brighton, it would kill football, COME ON DERBY!!! Reading fan in Brighton
  • Score: -1

4:31pm Sun 11 May 14

To baldly go says...

Reading fan in Brighton wrote:
edgelow wrote:
I hope they get well beaten... not because I want them to lose but because they don't deserve to win... they finished 15 points below derby and got beaten by them twice...... they're useless
Couldn't agree more, most negative team in the Championship! If all teams played like Brighton, it would kill football, COME ON DERBY!!!
Is that the Reading that ended up behind the Albion?
[quote][p][bold]Reading fan in Brighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]edgelow[/bold] wrote: I hope they get well beaten... not because I want them to lose but because they don't deserve to win... they finished 15 points below derby and got beaten by them twice...... they're useless[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more, most negative team in the Championship! If all teams played like Brighton, it would kill football, COME ON DERBY!!![/p][/quote]Is that the Reading that ended up behind the Albion? To baldly go
  • Score: 1

4:40pm Sun 11 May 14

To baldly go says...

c.s.holmes wrote:
To baldly go wrote:
south1919 wrote:
Sheil wrote:
I'm sorry to say I posted yesterday as to why we were not told about the attendance figure at the match.....now here is a reference to it being 27,118 ?

I cannot get my head around this figure as we are regularly told at home matches there are in excess of 27,000, & Thursday the South stand was virtually full, & the terraces were packed......what's going on?

It kind of looks suspicious I feel........what do other posters think?
Crowd fiddlers been saying it all season ,all to do with advertising i've been told ,looks better for investors,so sneaky crowd fiddlers
It's actually what ALL clubs do, ticket sales! Season tickets sold are counted for every game plus all other tickets sold, home and away supporters, I would think that at most home games about 10% of season ticket holders cannot turn up for various reasons, work, holidays or family commitments etc, hence the high count but empty seats on show.
The play off game, although the stadium looked packed was probably a more accurate count of fans that actually turned up?
The stadium didn't look packed to me. In fact I was trying to recall a game I had seen more empty seats and I couldn't. I also couldn't recall a game with a bigger away crowd. Considering a mobile unit was out selling tickets up till kick-off it was a shock. I know of quite a few Derby fans in the home stands as well. Watch the I - pro rock tomorrow, they'll show you how it's done.
You obviously don't go to many games then, least amount of empty seats all season, and great to see Derby fans able to mix with us as well, shows how things have changed, let's hope it's reciprocated at the I-pro.
Also hope the ref is fair today, how we didn't get at least one penalty Thursday was very poor play by the officials.
[quote][p][bold]c.s.holmes[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]south1919[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sheil[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry to say I posted yesterday as to why we were not told about the attendance figure at the match.....now here is a reference to it being 27,118 ? I cannot get my head around this figure as we are regularly told at home matches there are in excess of 27,000, & Thursday the South stand was virtually full, & the terraces were packed......what's going on? It kind of looks suspicious I feel........what do other posters think?[/p][/quote]Crowd fiddlers been saying it all season ,all to do with advertising i've been told ,looks better for investors,so sneaky crowd fiddlers[/p][/quote]It's actually what ALL clubs do, ticket sales! Season tickets sold are counted for every game plus all other tickets sold, home and away supporters, I would think that at most home games about 10% of season ticket holders cannot turn up for various reasons, work, holidays or family commitments etc, hence the high count but empty seats on show. The play off game, although the stadium looked packed was probably a more accurate count of fans that actually turned up?[/p][/quote]The stadium didn't look packed to me. In fact I was trying to recall a game I had seen more empty seats and I couldn't. I also couldn't recall a game with a bigger away crowd. Considering a mobile unit was out selling tickets up till kick-off it was a shock. I know of quite a few Derby fans in the home stands as well. Watch the I - pro rock tomorrow, they'll show you how it's done.[/p][/quote]You obviously don't go to many games then, least amount of empty seats all season, and great to see Derby fans able to mix with us as well, shows how things have changed, let's hope it's reciprocated at the I-pro. Also hope the ref is fair today, how we didn't get at least one penalty Thursday was very poor play by the officials. To baldly go
  • Score: -1

8:30pm Sun 11 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

To baldly go wrote:
Reading fan in Brighton wrote:
edgelow wrote:
I hope they get well beaten... not because I want them to lose but because they don't deserve to win... they finished 15 points below derby and got beaten by them twice...... they're useless
Couldn't agree more, most negative team in the Championship! If all teams played like Brighton, it would kill football, COME ON DERBY!!!
Is that the Reading that ended up behind the Albion?
So he's not allowed to point out a major Brighton shortcoming due to his team's league position?
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reading fan in Brighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]edgelow[/bold] wrote: I hope they get well beaten... not because I want them to lose but because they don't deserve to win... they finished 15 points below derby and got beaten by them twice...... they're useless[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more, most negative team in the Championship! If all teams played like Brighton, it would kill football, COME ON DERBY!!![/p][/quote]Is that the Reading that ended up behind the Albion?[/p][/quote]So he's not allowed to point out a major Brighton shortcoming due to his team's league position? ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 0

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