Derby V Brighton at Pride Park Stadium : Match Preview

05 October 2012 03:31
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Clough weighs up attacking options Derby manager Nigel Clough has a selection headache in attack ahead of the clash at home to third-placed Brighton. Top scorer Jamie Ward continues to be sidelined with a hamstring injury, leaving Clough with a number of possible options in the final third. Theo Robinson netted the opener in Wednesday's 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough in his first league start this season and will be eager to keep his place. But Conor Sammon may be restored to the starting XI after having a hand in Paul Coutts' late equaliser at the Riverside. Nathan Tyson started out wide in an attacking three against Tony Mowbray's side, leaving Clough with a further option to ponder. Midfielder Jeff Hendrick could drop out after being substituted immediately after conceding possession to allow the hosts to score their second goal in midweek. Brighton can welcome right-back Bruno back into their side. The Spaniard has missed Albion's last two matches, a defeat by Birmingham and a draw with lowly Ipswich, due to a groin problem but is now back in full training. However, midfielder Andrew Crofts remains a doubt with a hamstring problem while top scorer Craig Mackail-Smith (hamstring) and former Spain international Vicente (thigh) are still missing. Will Buckley is expected to return to the starting line-up after his heroics as a substitute against Paul Jewell's side on Tuesday night. The winger was forced to start on the bench due to a tight hamstring but came on in the second half to score Brighton's equaliser and almost set up a late winner.

Source: PA