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Derby County beat Brighton in Championship play-off semi-final

Derby County Football Club have beaten Brighton in the Championship play-off semi-final and will now face Queens Park Rangers at Wembley in the play-off final.

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Brighton boss claims Derby County win was 'unfair'

Oscar Garcia Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Brighton and Hove Albion manager, Oscar Garcia, has said the result of last night's play-off semi-final match with Derby County was 'unfair'.

Derby County beat Brighton 2-1 in the first leg, thanks to a penalty from Chris Martin, and a Tomasz Kuszczak own goal, after Brighton took the lead through Jesse Lingard.

Chris Martin celebrates with Jamie Ward after Derby's second goal Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Brighton fought back in the second half, but Derby goalkeeper, Lee Grant, was in inspired form, to keep out efforts from Leonardo Ulloa and Inigo Calderon.

Brighton's Inigo Calderon battles with Craig Forsyth Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Derby managed to hold on, to take a slender lead back to the iPro Stadium for the second leg on Sunday, but Garcia said that should not have been the case.

It was [a] totally unfair result. We were better than them in all areas apart from the most important area, in front of goal. If the referee had given us the penalty it would have been an even better start for us, and then another in the second half. But the referee didn't give them and that's it.

Steve McClaren with Paul Simpson Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Derby boss, Steve McClaren, said his side showed their fighting spirit.

That game had everything. You saw every side of Derby. We started badly, they started well, but we showed great character to come back and could have had a couple more. But the job is only half done.

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