All over for Albion? Or can they still turn this tie around?

Tomasz Kuszczak is flat out after Derby's second goal - but can Albion pick themselves up?

Tomasz Kuszczak is flat out after Derby's second goal - but can Albion pick themselves up?

First published in Sport

Albion said farewell to the Amex for this season with a frustrating defeat tonight to Derby.

But have they also said goodbye to their play-off hopes after losing the first leg?

Do you retain hope that the Seagulls can overturn their 2-1 reverse on home turf?

Or have they given themselves too much to do?

And what is the reason for your optimism – or pessimism?

We’d love to get your thoughts on how this tie stands after a dramatic night at the Amex.

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11:33pm Thu 8 May 14

keswick says...

Of course it can be turned around, after all it is only one goal. But the big question to me is are we good enough to do it and on the season as a whole I would say no. However Derby give the impression that they think this part of the job is already done. First goal on Sunday is vital. If Derby score we have a mountain to climb and lets face it we hardly look like a free scoring side under OG. If we get the vital first goal then Derby are the ones under pressure. It is still all to play for.
Of course it can be turned around, after all it is only one goal. But the big question to me is are we good enough to do it and on the season as a whole I would say no. However Derby give the impression that they think this part of the job is already done. First goal on Sunday is vital. If Derby score we have a mountain to climb and lets face it we hardly look like a free scoring side under OG. If we get the vital first goal then Derby are the ones under pressure. It is still all to play for. keswick
  • Score: 15

11:46pm Thu 8 May 14

Tony the tiger eastbourne says...

Personally I would like to see the back five to stay the same. Ince to replace Forster Caskey who in my opinion is not up to it. Lualua to replace Buckley, again had too many off games and suffering with hamstring problems this season. CMS to start instead of Linguard, for his pace. Andrews to play his normal position. I know we don't play 4.4.2 but 4.4.1.1 might suit us at Derby. All depends on a good team talk from Garcia abd hiw much Brighton really want this!!!!
Personally I would like to see the back five to stay the same. Ince to replace Forster Caskey who in my opinion is not up to it. Lualua to replace Buckley, again had too many off games and suffering with hamstring problems this season. CMS to start instead of Linguard, for his pace. Andrews to play his normal position. I know we don't play 4.4.2 but 4.4.1.1 might suit us at Derby. All depends on a good team talk from Garcia abd hiw much Brighton really want this!!!! Tony the tiger eastbourne
  • Score: 9

11:52pm Thu 8 May 14

Eddy B says...

Of course it's possible, anything can happen. Look at the Leicester game. Of course we're not really good enough and frankly have over achieved to get here, but who cares - a bit of luck and we can still do it.
Of course it's possible, anything can happen. Look at the Leicester game. Of course we're not really good enough and frankly have over achieved to get here, but who cares - a bit of luck and we can still do it. Eddy B
  • Score: 14

12:10am Fri 9 May 14

ballantrrae says...

It's the equivalent of half time and we are only one unlucky goal down. We were a goal down to Forest at half time last Saturday but came back to win. So yes we can with luck turn things round and the luck will surely turn in our favour at some stage in this battle. Once again we dominated possession (59%) and had more shots (14) and more on target (5) but had nothing tangible at the end. Now all we have to do is stay positive.
It's the equivalent of half time and we are only one unlucky goal down. We were a goal down to Forest at half time last Saturday but came back to win. So yes we can with luck turn things round and the luck will surely turn in our favour at some stage in this battle. Once again we dominated possession (59%) and had more shots (14) and more on target (5) but had nothing tangible at the end. Now all we have to do is stay positive. ballantrrae
  • Score: 16

12:25am Fri 9 May 14

Tony the tiger eastbourne says...

ballantrrae wrote:
It's the equivalent of half time and we are only one unlucky goal down. We were a goal down to Forest at half time last Saturday but came back to win. So yes we can with luck turn things round and the luck will surely turn in our favour at some stage in this battle. Once again we dominated possession (59%) and had more shots (14) and more on target (5) but had nothing tangible at the end. Now all we have to do is stay positive.
Weve seen this time and time again. If its down to how much possession we have then we would of been promoted months ago. But it aint.its goals ain't we aint doing that. And this has been like this all season, so something has to change, and for some reason management cant see that or won't see it
[quote][p][bold]ballantrrae[/bold] wrote: It's the equivalent of half time and we are only one unlucky goal down. We were a goal down to Forest at half time last Saturday but came back to win. So yes we can with luck turn things round and the luck will surely turn in our favour at some stage in this battle. Once again we dominated possession (59%) and had more shots (14) and more on target (5) but had nothing tangible at the end. Now all we have to do is stay positive.[/p][/quote]Weve seen this time and time again. If its down to how much possession we have then we would of been promoted months ago. But it aint.its goals ain't we aint doing that. And this has been like this all season, so something has to change, and for some reason management cant see that or won't see it Tony the tiger eastbourne
  • Score: -5

12:28am Fri 9 May 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Tony the tiger eastbourne wrote:
ballantrrae wrote:
It's the equivalent of half time and we are only one unlucky goal down. We were a goal down to Forest at half time last Saturday but came back to win. So yes we can with luck turn things round and the luck will surely turn in our favour at some stage in this battle. Once again we dominated possession (59%) and had more shots (14) and more on target (5) but had nothing tangible at the end. Now all we have to do is stay positive.
Weve seen this time and time again. If its down to how much possession we have then we would of been promoted months ago. But it aint.its goals ain't we aint doing that. And this has been like this all season, so something has to change, and for some reason management cant see that or won't see it
But we're creating more chances than the opposition, so it isn't the tactics. Today it was (a) not getting either of two penalties we could, possibly should have had, (b) not finishing our numerous chances, and (c) their keeper being MoM. There is very little OG can do about (b) and absolutely nothing he can blame himself for over (a) and (c).
[quote][p][bold]Tony the tiger eastbourne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ballantrrae[/bold] wrote: It's the equivalent of half time and we are only one unlucky goal down. We were a goal down to Forest at half time last Saturday but came back to win. So yes we can with luck turn things round and the luck will surely turn in our favour at some stage in this battle. Once again we dominated possession (59%) and had more shots (14) and more on target (5) but had nothing tangible at the end. Now all we have to do is stay positive.[/p][/quote]Weve seen this time and time again. If its down to how much possession we have then we would of been promoted months ago. But it aint.its goals ain't we aint doing that. And this has been like this all season, so something has to change, and for some reason management cant see that or won't see it[/p][/quote]But we're creating more chances than the opposition, so it isn't the tactics. Today it was (a) not getting either of two penalties we could, possibly should have had, (b) not finishing our numerous chances, and (c) their keeper being MoM. There is very little OG can do about (b) and absolutely nothing he can blame himself for over (a) and (c). Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 10

2:27am Fri 9 May 14

Free money says...

Also 100% done deal already Greer out and Dunk in next season.The mason familys have the deal done even b4 a ball is kicked.Not even mid-table next season without Ulloa.
Also 100% done deal already Greer out and Dunk in next season.The mason familys have the deal done even b4 a ball is kicked.Not even mid-table next season without Ulloa. Free money
  • Score: -11

6:54am Fri 9 May 14

Gee Jay says...

Can you hear the fat lady singing?
No.......Why, because it isn't over yet.
Albion have been good at coming up with the goods away from home.
The 2,700 who are going to be at the match on Sunday need to do our bit, and give these guys as much vocal support as we did at Forest.
UTA!
Can you hear the fat lady singing? No.......Why, because it isn't over yet. Albion have been good at coming up with the goods away from home. The 2,700 who are going to be at the match on Sunday need to do our bit, and give these guys as much vocal support as we did at Forest. UTA! Gee Jay
  • Score: 9

8:52am Fri 9 May 14

London Dave says...

That classic cliche 'anything can happen in football' suggests Brighton can still do it, and they probably can. But let's face it, it's only a slim chance. Really it's a bit of a miracle Brighton are in the plays in the first place with how they've played for much of the season.

We can all quote stats for possession, shots on goal etc etc, but the way Derby counter attacked at lightning speed compared to Brighton's more deliberate and fairly pedestrian play was in marked contrast. Was I the only one who was nervous every time Brighton lost the ball high up the pitch? I doubt!

Our crossing was poor, and too many players look to play the easy ball or cut inside instead of whipping in an early, dangerous cross for players to attack. But maybe that's because normally only Ulloa is in the box up against at least 2 or 3 defenders!

Oscar talks about us playing attacking football, but I don't think we do really. Derby cored 29 more goals than us during the season, so if we're attacking, what are they?!

Would be great to see CMS have more of a say in the second leg, and hopefully Bruno and Dale Stephens will be back.

Good luck Brighton Hope you do it, but he second leg feels a bit like just before you're about to watch England in a penalty shoot out!

Cheers
That classic cliche 'anything can happen in football' suggests Brighton can still do it, and they probably can. But let's face it, it's only a slim chance. Really it's a bit of a miracle Brighton are in the plays in the first place with how they've played for much of the season. We can all quote stats for possession, shots on goal etc etc, but the way Derby counter attacked at lightning speed compared to Brighton's more deliberate and fairly pedestrian play was in marked contrast. Was I the only one who was nervous every time Brighton lost the ball high up the pitch? I doubt! Our crossing was poor, and too many players look to play the easy ball or cut inside instead of whipping in an early, dangerous cross for players to attack. But maybe that's because normally only Ulloa is in the box up against at least 2 or 3 defenders! Oscar talks about us playing attacking football, but I don't think we do really. Derby cored 29 more goals than us during the season, so if we're attacking, what are they?! Would be great to see CMS have more of a say in the second leg, and hopefully Bruno and Dale Stephens will be back. Good luck Brighton Hope you do it, but he second leg feels a bit like just before you're about to watch England in a penalty shoot out! Cheers London Dave
  • Score: 6

11:58am Fri 9 May 14

Neville says...

Few comments about all our possession,this really means nothing when most of it is in our own half where we cannot hurt teams and this gives them time to arrange their defence all the time and is one of the reasons we do not score many goals.
CMS to play a full game please and replace JFC who is totally out of his depth and had no pace whatsoever.
Few comments about all our possession,this really means nothing when most of it is in our own half where we cannot hurt teams and this gives them time to arrange their defence all the time and is one of the reasons we do not score many goals. CMS to play a full game please and replace JFC who is totally out of his depth and had no pace whatsoever. Neville
  • Score: 3

12:02pm Fri 9 May 14

ballantrrae says...

Tony the tiger eastbourne wrote:
ballantrrae wrote:
It's the equivalent of half time and we are only one unlucky goal down. We were a goal down to Forest at half time last Saturday but came back to win. So yes we can with luck turn things round and the luck will surely turn in our favour at some stage in this battle. Once again we dominated possession (59%) and had more shots (14) and more on target (5) but had nothing tangible at the end. Now all we have to do is stay positive.
Weve seen this time and time again. If its down to how much possession we have then we would of been promoted months ago. But it aint.its goals ain't we aint doing that. And this has been like this all season, so something has to change, and for some reason management cant see that or won't see it
Your comment Tony really endorses why I quoted the possession statistic.
Interestingly against Forest we only had 48% possession but won 2-1. Indeed as you indicate when we dominate possession we seem to be less effective in terms of getting a result.
However last night the luck was all with Derby so it should be our turn for lady luck to smile on us on Sunday Fortunately there is still everything to play for although clearly the odds favour Derby just as they did Reading a week ago (to reach the play-offs).
[quote][p][bold]Tony the tiger eastbourne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ballantrrae[/bold] wrote: It's the equivalent of half time and we are only one unlucky goal down. We were a goal down to Forest at half time last Saturday but came back to win. So yes we can with luck turn things round and the luck will surely turn in our favour at some stage in this battle. Once again we dominated possession (59%) and had more shots (14) and more on target (5) but had nothing tangible at the end. Now all we have to do is stay positive.[/p][/quote]Weve seen this time and time again. If its down to how much possession we have then we would of been promoted months ago. But it aint.its goals ain't we aint doing that. And this has been like this all season, so something has to change, and for some reason management cant see that or won't see it[/p][/quote]Your comment Tony really endorses why I quoted the possession statistic. Interestingly against Forest we only had 48% possession but won 2-1. Indeed as you indicate when we dominate possession we seem to be less effective in terms of getting a result. However last night the luck was all with Derby so it should be our turn for lady luck to smile on us on Sunday Fortunately there is still everything to play for although clearly the odds favour Derby just as they did Reading a week ago (to reach the play-offs). ballantrrae
  • Score: 3

4:53pm Fri 9 May 14

Free money says...

Neville wrote:
Few comments about all our possession,this really means nothing when most of it is in our own half where we cannot hurt teams and this gives them time to arrange their defence all the time and is one of the reasons we do not score many goals.
CMS to play a full game please and replace JFC who is totally out of his depth and had no pace whatsoever.
Outstanding post again Neville.They should just read what the Derby fans have to say about our team.EVEN THEY CAN SEE WHATS WRONG.
[quote][p][bold]Neville[/bold] wrote: Few comments about all our possession,this really means nothing when most of it is in our own half where we cannot hurt teams and this gives them time to arrange their defence all the time and is one of the reasons we do not score many goals. CMS to play a full game please and replace JFC who is totally out of his depth and had no pace whatsoever.[/p][/quote]Outstanding post again Neville.They should just read what the Derby fans have to say about our team.EVEN THEY CAN SEE WHATS WRONG. Free money
  • Score: 0

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