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Brighton secure a play-off place

Brighton and Hove Albion have secured a place in the Championship play-offs after winning 2-1 against Nottingham Forest.

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Seagulls put Magpies in a flap

The first match of the FA Cup 3rd round saw an upset as Premier League Newcastle went out 2-0 to Championship Brighton at Amex Stadium.

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Seagulls soar at St Andrews

Both were prominent in the early stages when the Seagulls' smart play indicated a hard afternoon for the home club.

Ward, signed a couple of days ago from Wolves on a season's loan, was involved in setting up several promising attacks which put Birmingham's reconstructed defence under pressure.

But Agustien was the player who created the breakthrough in the 73rd minute. He put a pass into the path of Crofts who scored with a low measured cross shot to the right of Randolph.

Brighton beat Birmingham

Birmingham, who also lost their opening home match 1-0 to Watford, could count themselves unlucky as they twice hit the woodwork in the second half but it was Crofts' clinical 73rd-minute strike which proved the difference as new Brighton coach Oscar Garcia celebrated his maiden win in the hotseat.

Brighton, a side loaded with experience, included the two Irish internationals, Stephen Ward and Keith Andrews, for their first full appearances and it paid off handsomely with three points.

Both were prominent in the early stages when the Seagulls' smart play indicated a hard afternoon for the home club.

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Brighton lose at home to Derby

Brighton's Leonardo Ulloa (top) is mobbed by team mates after scoring his goal during the Sky Bet Championship match Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Defeat in head coach's Oscar Garcia's first league game in charge at the Amex Stadium means Brighton have lost all three of their opening Championship and cup games.

Derby, who drew their opening game at home to Blackburn, settled quickly but failed to make the most of a surging run and cross from former Watford defender Craig Forsyth in the second minute.

Ulloa, who spearheaded the Seagulls promotion challenge last season with 11 goals in 21 games, gave goalkeeper Lee Grant no chance with a stooping header following a pinpoint cross by Spanish defender Inigo Calderon.

Derby responded positively to going behind, however, and their adventurous style of play saw them pull level nine minutes later.

Brighton's Leonardo Ulloa (left) is challenged by Derby's Craig Forsyth Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The Rams would take the lead with a superbly worked goal only two minutes after the break.

A storming run by Kieron Freeman down the right wing led to his excellent cross being sidefooted home by Martin at the far post.

Good work down the left wing by Forsyth set up Martin at the near post and, after his initial shot was blocked, the former Norwich striker coolly fired home into the bottom of the net from close range with the outside of his right boot.

Brighton and Hove Albion just miss out at Leeds United

Leeds United's Lee Peltier (left) and Brighton & Hove Albion's Kazenga Lualua in action Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The midfielder's decisive strike earned a 2-1 win over last season's beaten play-off semi-finalists, sending the majority of a sold-out Elland Road into delirium on a day which had been heralded as the first of a new era at the club.

Leeds had not appeared so sure-footed early on, however, and it was Brighton who made the first impression as Andrea Orlandi forced Kenny into action from 25 yards.

The early stages certainly gave a nod to Garcia's philosophy - Brighton were happy to roll the ball around - and with 13 minutes gone it bore fruit as Ulloa haunted Leeds again.

Brighton had been largely contained since their goal at that point, but suddenly reintroduced themselves to the game at the three-quarter mark with only Kenny stopping them from regaining the lead.

For a full round-up of all today's action click here for in-depth match coverage from ITV Sport

Police thank Albion and Palace fans

A dejected Brighton & Hove Albion fan sits alone in the stands Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Their dreams of promotion may be over, but Sussex Police are thanking Brighton and Hove Albion fans for staying out of trouble. Officers made a total of six arrests at the game at the Amex last night.

Chief Inspector Paul Betts, said: "There were a few sporadic incidents following the match, but these appear to have mostly been amongst groups of disappointed fans and not from clashes between the groups. We also dealt with a number of incidents on board trains leaving Falmer in both directions."

Sussex Police were joined by colleagues from five neighbouring forces, including mounted officers from Thames Valley. Six arrests were made, five at the Amex Stadium and one in Surrey Street, Brighton.

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