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Derby V Brighton at Pride Park Stadium : Match Preview

05 Oct 2012 15:31:21

Derby V Brighton at Pride Park Stadium : Match Preview

Derby V Brighton - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.

Clough weighs up attacking optionsDerby 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.


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