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- Final score: Albion 2 Derby 1
- Barnes scores in 2nd min
- Orlandi heads second on 25
- Hendrick revives Rams on 70
- Ulloa watching from West Stand
- Nervy at the end for the hosts
- Five pages of coverage in The Argus on Monday
There was one last chance for Derby to thump the ball into the goalmouth. But Albion stepped forward en masse as the free-kick was taken and caught a host of Rams players offside. Poyet and Taricco applauded the obviously pre-planned ploy - and the final whistle went seconds later.
Legzdins hammered a long free-kick deep into the home box and Kuszczak opted not to come. But the ball flicked off a head and the Pole was able to gather under his own crossbar.
Fans chorused their approval of Bridcutt's display - and moments later he was confirmed as the sponsors' man of the match as play entered four added minutes.
David Lopez was replaced by Crofts in the 89th minute after a brilliant moment of play by Bridcutt had won back possession and earned Albion a free-kick. Top scorer Robinson was on for Derby in place of O'Brien.
The hosts enjoyed a welcome bit of possession on 85 minutes which eventually led to LuaLua skipping inside a challenge but firing well wide from 25 yards.
Crowd getting very nervy as Derby press. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 12 January 2013
Derby were piling players forward and Albion had everyone bar Barnes back.
Hendrick won a right-wing corner for Derby and Ward's delivery was dangerous - but the ball bounced off a couple of bodies and dropped imto Kuszczak's arms.
That Derby goal has made it a lot more anxious than it should be. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 12 January 2013
GOAL, #BHAFC 2-1 #DERBY ...John Byrne: "Poor goal to concede, easy finish in the end."— @BBCSussexSport 12 January 2013
Att: 25,464 (1,173 away fans)
The free-kick for Derby's goal was harshly awarded against Bridcutt after he appeared to get a touch on the ball in a tackle. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 12 January 2013
What had looked like a stroll in the rain for Albion not too long previously had now turned into a cliffhanger - but beneath clear skies.
Albion sent on Dicker and LuaLua for Orlandi and Buckley in the 76th minute.
The hosts showed good invention at the subsequent right-wing flag kick. Orlandi lofted the ball to David Lopez centrally placed outside the penalty area, he cushioned a pass to Greer and the defender shot low but straight at Legzdins.
Albion fans were suddenly a bit more nervous - and maybe wondering whether their side had let Derby off the hook. But there were nerves among the Rams defence too as they struggled to turn Orlandi's free-kick from the left behind for a corner.
Albion cleared the danger after that Orlandi foul but they conceded another free-kick just outside their own box in the 70th minute and this time paid a high price. Bridcutt slid in on Hendrick and caught him late, Ward drilled the free-kick low into the goalmouth and HENDRICK stuck out a foot to divert it past Kuszczak.
Orlandi, who had been upended by Freeman for the first yellow card of the game a few minutes earlier, then followed him into the book for a foul.
Orlandi, following in a shot by Buckley, saw his first effort saved by Legzdins at point blank range and then his attempt to bundle home the rebound scrambled off the line by Coutts when a goal seemed certain.
Derby had an amazing escape in the 63rd minute.
Wonderful stuff by David. Robbed Ward, then sprayed a long diagonal for Buckley, who was denied by the keeper. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 12 January 2013
The corner was delivered too deep and Albion won the ball back before David Lopez, on the right, released Buckley with a perfectly timed and angled pass. Buckley homed in on goal but his close range shot was blocked by Legzdins.
Derby gave their fans something to shout about with a nice move which saw Coutts make ground and feed Sammon, whose shot on the turn was blocked for a corner by El-Abd. But the flag-kick almost led to Albion increasing their lead.
Buckley, on the left, replied in style by nicking the ball off Keogh and making tracks down that side. He looked up and tried to slide the ball across to Barnes at the far post but the busy Roberts did superbly to slide in and divert the ball behind at full stretch as Barnes waited for his second tap-in of the afternoon just behind him.
Ward has had a productive season for the Rams when his troublesome hamstring has allowed. He got the ball with his back to goal just outside the box in the 52nd minute, turned and decided to have a go himself. His effort flew a yard or so above the bar.
Always thought playing Brighton would be tough. They did do the double over us last season #dcfc #dcfcfans #ramsfans— @superpidge 12 January 2013
Derby have been as ordinary so far as their recent away record suggested they would be. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 12 January 2013
Then a strong run by Barnes was only halted by the last defender Roberts as Buckley to his right hoped for a through ball.
Roles for the second goal could easily have been reversed in the third minute of the second half. Orlandi's left-wing corner was delivered perfectly into the run of Calderon. But the full-back who scored with a header from a Vicente corner in this fixture last season, this time failed to make proper contact and the ball glanced off his head and yards wide.
National League 2 South Rugby: Canterbury 19-5 Worthing Raiders #Canterbury #WorthingRaiders— @BBCSussexSport 12 January 2013
Second half is in progress
Hughes and the physio thought for a moment as the player waited to go back on, then decided the wiser option was to call it a day. Ward replaced him as the game moved into three minutes of added time.
Derby's teen star Hughes took a knee in the back in an aerial tussle just before half-time and required quite lengthy treatment before hobbling gingerly to the touchline
Derby hinted at danger when they won a corner on the left in the 40th minute. They worked it short and Roberts' cross was inches too high for central defender Keogh as he rose at the far post.
Chants of "Gus Poyet's blue and white army" were bouncing around the stadium - and one suspected potential new signing Leonardo Ulloa, watching from the directors' box, would have been impressed by every aspect of the afternoon except the weather.
#bhafc continuing the clinical streak they showed at Ipswich in previous league outing. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 12 January 2013
When Derby attacked down their right, El-Abd had to stretch to cut out a dangerous low cross at the expense of a corner. But Davies headed well over from the flag kick.
Not a bad return so far for Calde, involved in both goals. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 12 January 2013
I am guessing Andrea has not scored too many with his head in his career. Not that sort of player. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 12 January 2013
GOAL, Orlandi, 2-0 #BHAFC John Byrne: "Wonderful header, straight in the middle of the goal, bang!"— @BBCSussexSport 12 January 2013
Albion were playing with a swagger.
Albion then looked to pounce on the counter attack. Barnes threaded a pass into the path of Buckey but last defender Roberts did a good job getting across the home player's run. As they both tumbled, ref Williamson ruled Buckley had done the tugging with home fans and Poyet claiming a foul by the defender..
An overhit cross was chased by David Lopez, who eased the ball on to Calderon. The right-back whipped in a cross from the right and ORLANDI made a terrific run from beyond the far post to get in front of his marker and thump a header past Legzdins.
Moments later, Albion had doubled their lead with a goal made in Spain.
Sammon had shown a few signs of promise up front for Derby. He made a very dangerous run in behind the defence but Buckley, of all people, was there to get alongside him and usher the ball to safety.
Tackles were flying in at times on the wet surface. Roberts slid in to flatten Buckley but ref Williamson kept his card in his pocket.
Just posted a picture taken and tweeted by the BBC's Johnny Cantor earlier. Sorry I wasn't smiling for the camera! I was more fed up about the lack of internet connection than the weather - honest!
MT @johnnycburger: Press having to use old Skool plastic bags at the Amex here's @brian__owen in action http://t.co/Pk8pcWgF <Arlo better— @Sonofshaleman 12 January 2013
CMS apparently precaution, hamstring. People read something similar into Buckley'a absence - before he signed his new contract. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 12 January 2013
After discussing personal terms and watching #bhafc v Derby, Ulloa returns to Spain to get passport Mon/Tues. #bhafc player Wed the plan.— @AndyNaylorArgus 11 January 2013
Vicente received a rapturous welcome back from the North Stand when he emerged for a jog along the touchline on 16 minutes.
There were no further chances in the first 15 minutes although both sides looked keen to zip the ball around on the wet surface.
It was just the start to cheer a crowd who were cold and, in the first ten rows or more, wet as well as rain swirled around the stadium.
Albion could not have had a better start, going ahead in less than two minutes with a beautifully crafted goal. Calderon, back in at right-back, slid a clever pass to get David Lopez breaking into the right hand side of the penalty area. David Lopez took his time, looked up and then picked out a low pass which set up BARNES to tap in from very close range.
Apologies for the late start. This was down to technical reasons - not the rain! Thanks to Albion IT crew for connecting me.