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Albion fans in Brighton react to Seagulls loss at Derby

It was the perfect excuse for a knees-up for thousands of fans across the city - but it unfortunately ended on a sour note.

Albion's heavy defeat to Derby ensured it would be at least another year before Seagulls fans got the chance to go potty for promotion to the Premier League.

In addition to Argus reporters and photographers capturing the action at Derby's iPro Stadium in the Midlands, we had two journalists on the ground in Brighton and Hove speaking to hordes of optimistic fans.

Elizabeth Mitchell watched the game with fans at The Hiker's Rest in Coldean Lane, Brighton, just minute's from the Amex Stadium.

Wesley Simmons, who watched the game in The Hikers Rest, said: “I'm Brighton and Hove Albion through and through. Next year will be third time lucky.”

She described the atmosphere in the pub as “electric”, with many fans believing a win was possible.

Strains of the Beatles classic 'Hey Jude' echoed through the venue before persistent chants of 'Albion' shook the walls. But the chants turned into gasps and cries of disappointment as Derby took the early lead.

At 1-0 down come half time, most fans still believed victory was possible. However the seemingly indestructible optimism took a severe hit as Derby netted their fourth.

Despite that, the pub was on its feet as Brighton managed to get a goal back late in the second half, fuelling further optimism that next year might be the year.

Alan Ingram, 75, of Newick Road, Moulsecoomb, said he was “immensely proud” of where the club had come over recent years.

He added: “Considering the injuries we've had it's not been a bad season. Yes we need new players and yes the result was expected, but we're getting there.

“I was at the first leg game and it was disappointing. But there are positives.”

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7:58am Mon 12 May 14

Max Ripple says...

Outclassed. Outplayed. But actually let's not forget that seventeen clubs finished below us and had worse seasons than us. On Thursday night it felt like we had won the cup even before a ball was kicked. I was happy with the season but yesterday's game showed just how far we are off the pace in reality. Let's hope Oscar is given the budget and power to pick his new players (which we need).
Outclassed. Outplayed. But actually let's not forget that seventeen clubs finished below us and had worse seasons than us. On Thursday night it felt like we had won the cup even before a ball was kicked. I was happy with the season but yesterday's game showed just how far we are off the pace in reality. Let's hope Oscar is given the budget and power to pick his new players (which we need). Max Ripple
  • Score: 9

8:13am Mon 12 May 14

TheWerewolf says...

Max Ripple wrote:
Outclassed. Outplayed. But actually let's not forget that seventeen clubs finished below us and had worse seasons than us. On Thursday night it felt like we had won the cup even before a ball was kicked. I was happy with the season but yesterday's game showed just how far we are off the pace in reality. Let's hope Oscar is given the budget and power to pick his new players (which we need).
Finally our injury concerns of a long season caught up with us. I am full of admiration for what OG has done this year. Taking on the highest goal scorers in the league without upson and GG was always too tough. To also be without Stephens and Hoskins wAs cruel and meant this was less of a contest. Next season I expect us to be serious challengers for automatic if we can retain the core of the team and make a couple of good additions. UTA and ignore the trolls on the site for next couple of days...such low life's with nothing more fun than to antagonise genuine fans...
[quote][p][bold]Max Ripple[/bold] wrote: Outclassed. Outplayed. But actually let's not forget that seventeen clubs finished below us and had worse seasons than us. On Thursday night it felt like we had won the cup even before a ball was kicked. I was happy with the season but yesterday's game showed just how far we are off the pace in reality. Let's hope Oscar is given the budget and power to pick his new players (which we need).[/p][/quote]Finally our injury concerns of a long season caught up with us. I am full of admiration for what OG has done this year. Taking on the highest goal scorers in the league without upson and GG was always too tough. To also be without Stephens and Hoskins wAs cruel and meant this was less of a contest. Next season I expect us to be serious challengers for automatic if we can retain the core of the team and make a couple of good additions. UTA and ignore the trolls on the site for next couple of days...such low life's with nothing more fun than to antagonise genuine fans... TheWerewolf
  • Score: 8

8:26am Mon 12 May 14

Wide Bertha says...

TheWerewolf wrote:
Max Ripple wrote:
Outclassed. Outplayed. But actually let's not forget that seventeen clubs finished below us and had worse seasons than us. On Thursday night it felt like we had won the cup even before a ball was kicked. I was happy with the season but yesterday's game showed just how far we are off the pace in reality. Let's hope Oscar is given the budget and power to pick his new players (which we need).
Finally our injury concerns of a long season caught up with us. I am full of admiration for what OG has done this year. Taking on the highest goal scorers in the league without upson and GG was always too tough. To also be without Stephens and Hoskins wAs cruel and meant this was less of a contest. Next season I expect us to be serious challengers for automatic if we can retain the core of the team and make a couple of good additions. UTA and ignore the trolls on the site for next couple of days...such low life's with nothing more fun than to antagonise genuine fans...
lol............ go and cry into your Harveys
[quote][p][bold]TheWerewolf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Max Ripple[/bold] wrote: Outclassed. Outplayed. But actually let's not forget that seventeen clubs finished below us and had worse seasons than us. On Thursday night it felt like we had won the cup even before a ball was kicked. I was happy with the season but yesterday's game showed just how far we are off the pace in reality. Let's hope Oscar is given the budget and power to pick his new players (which we need).[/p][/quote]Finally our injury concerns of a long season caught up with us. I am full of admiration for what OG has done this year. Taking on the highest goal scorers in the league without upson and GG was always too tough. To also be without Stephens and Hoskins wAs cruel and meant this was less of a contest. Next season I expect us to be serious challengers for automatic if we can retain the core of the team and make a couple of good additions. UTA and ignore the trolls on the site for next couple of days...such low life's with nothing more fun than to antagonise genuine fans...[/p][/quote]lol............ go and cry into your Harveys Wide Bertha
  • Score: -11

9:10am Mon 12 May 14

Asleep in Dorset says...

OG has done the best he could with the hand he was dealt. But why oh why did we not go for the jugular from the off yesterday ? Over the season in general and again yesterday, fed up with the times we passed the ball backwards, even from dead ball situations. These tactics do nothing to generate exciting football, little wonder we don't get caught offside very often !
TB has to take this style into account during discussions with OG , also whether we persist with Jones as a number two....just what he brings to the party confuses me.
If it means saying cheerio to Garcia so be it, I'm not privvy to what goes on behind the scenes, but KLL's body language after his goal spoke volumes.
OG has done the best he could with the hand he was dealt. But why oh why did we not go for the jugular from the off yesterday ? Over the season in general and again yesterday, fed up with the times we passed the ball backwards, even from dead ball situations. These tactics do nothing to generate exciting football, little wonder we don't get caught offside very often ! TB has to take this style into account during discussions with OG , also whether we persist with Jones as a number two....just what he brings to the party confuses me. If it means saying cheerio to Garcia so be it, I'm not privvy to what goes on behind the scenes, but KLL's body language after his goal spoke volumes. Asleep in Dorset
  • Score: -4

10:23am Mon 12 May 14

The Real Phil says...

The ghost of Brian Clough perhaps?
The ghost of Brian Clough perhaps? The Real Phil
  • Score: -1

12:03pm Mon 12 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

I went to The Amex eight times this season (7 as a neutral, 1 as an away supporter) and only on two occasions did Brighton outclass their opponents ( Leicester, the eventual champions, and Bolton). The other teams either played them off the pitch ( Middlesboro, Ipswich) or matched them ( Blackburn, Leeds, Millwall, Watford). Their form has been hit-and-miss, and despite the success of reaching the play-offs, they were always going to struggle when it came to the crunch. Losing GG and MU meant it was a case of 'how many', but the loss of the heart of the defence shouldn't mean that the attack suffers in the way that it did yesterday.
I went to The Amex eight times this season (7 as a neutral, 1 as an away supporter) and only on two occasions did Brighton outclass their opponents ( Leicester, the eventual champions, and Bolton). The other teams either played them off the pitch ( Middlesboro, Ipswich) or matched them ( Blackburn, Leeds, Millwall, Watford). Their form has been hit-and-miss, and despite the success of reaching the play-offs, they were always going to struggle when it came to the crunch. Losing GG and MU meant it was a case of 'how many', but the loss of the heart of the defence shouldn't mean that the attack suffers in the way that it did yesterday. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 3

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