Too good for the Championship, but not quite good enough for the Premier League?

Too good for the Championship, but not quite good enough for the Premier League?

Knockaert celebrated his goal by making a heart-shaped gesture towards the stands and his four-year-old son, who had come over from France, where he lives. “He thinks I can score every game,” Knockaert said. “I am saying to him that it’s not always as easy as it seems.”

Knockaert’s goal was followed by a strike by forward Jurgen Locadia, which proved enough to guarantee victory despite Ashley Cole rolling back the years and heading a late strike for Derby. Defeat means that Frank Lampard will now be fully focused on the Championship, where his are currently seventh. “We are in a position now where we are fighting with a lot of teams for those top spots and the play-off spots,” Lampard said. “So what today does is give us a real clarity, a real focus on the 15 league games we have left.”

Match details

Brighton: Button 6; Bruno 6, Duffy 7, Burn 6, Bernardo 6; Bissouma 8 (Gross 86), Stephens 7; Knockaert 8, Kayal 6, Jahanbakhsh 6; Locadia 7 (Gyokeres 81) Subs: Sanchez, Bong, Montoya, Molumby, Ostigard Booked: Bissouma, Jahanbakhsh

Derby County: Roos 7; Bogle 6, Keogh 6, Tomori 6, Malone 5 (Cole 45); Bryson 6, Huddlestone 6, Wilson 6; Waghorn 5, Nugent 6 (Jozefzoon 73), Holmes 5 (Marriott 45) Subs: Ravas, Wisdom, Johnson, Evans Booked: Tomori, Wilson, Malone

Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire)

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