Oscar Garcia has thanked Albion’s fans for their backing at Derby.
But he admitted the Rams were better than his side in the second leg of their play-off semi-final.
The Seagulls head coach said: “They were better than us today and we couldn’t do anything.
“I think they (the supporters) were the best thing from Brighton today.
“The fans who came here to support us were outstanding. I am disappointed for them.”
Oscar said he was proud of his team’s efforts over the season.
He added: “I couldn’t be prouder of my players. All the players who played in all the games gave everything.”
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