Half-time: Derby County 2-0 down at Brighton
DERBY County trail 2-0 at half-time in their Championship match against Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.
The Rams got off to the worst possible start as Ashley Barnes put the Seagulls ahead inside the opening 90 seconds and Andrea Orlandi headed a second after 25 minutes.
Things got worse for the visitors, who lost Will Hughes to injury before the break.
Kieron Freeman was handed his second start for Derby - and first in his preferred position of right-back, as John Brayford was moved into a five-man midfield.
That switch meant that Michael Jacobs was dropped to the bench.
Brayford lined up in a central role, man-marking Brighton's highly-rated midfielder Liam Bridcutt.
But Nigel Clough's men fell behind to the first attack of the game.
Inigo Calderon found David Lopez in plenty of space on the right and he had time to place a low cross into the path of Barnes, who finished from close range.
Derby came back into the match and played some nice football but without causing their hosts serious problems.
Brighton doubled their lead when Calderon, on the overlap, whipped in a first-time cross from the right and Orlandi rose well to power a header past Adam Legzdins from 10 yards.
Hughes was forced off just before the interval after appearing to take a knock to his back. The teenager was replaced by Jamie Ward.