Derby gain first leg advantage

DERBY took a giant stride toward the Championship play-off final last night with a 2-1 semi-final first-leg victory at Brighton.

Jesse Lingard, on loan from Manchester United, put Brighton in front, but Chris Martin levelled from the penalty spot and goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak was credited with an own goal.

Steve McLaren’s side are bidding to return to the Premier League for the first time since 2008.