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SIM­PLY stay­ing in the match is of­ten the name of the game in the play-offs ac­cord­ing to Al­bion right-back Inigo Calderon. And he should know.

Brighton thought they had done the hard bit when they claimed a valiant goal­less draw at Sel­hurst Park 12 months ago in the first leg of that in­fa­mous semi-fi­nal.

Wil­fried Zaha and his Crys­tal Palace team­mates had other ideas, a storm­ing 2-0 win in their bit­ter ri­vals’ back yard sent the Ea­gles to the Pre­mier League via a Wem­b­ley win over Wat­ford.

Now the hunted must be­come the hunters and spin a tie in their favour with a win on the road.

Calderon, the pun­ish­ing Span­ish full-back, reck­ons Al­bion can place the shoe on the other foot.

The 32-year-old said: “Last year showed ev­ery­one the im­por­tance of stay­ing in a game with what they did to us at the AMEX.

“Per­haps if Derby had scored again in the first game it is too much, we leave too much work for us to do. But at 2-1 we have a chance, it’s about stay­ing in the game and we can score from a set piece, a mis­take from the other team or the ref­eree – who knows?

“We know what it is like. Last time we faced this our­selves against Crys­tal Palace, we have to use that ex­pe­ri­ence to help us. We are still in the game so must be pos­i­tive.”

And de­spite Derby de­nials, Calderon be­lieves their op­po­si­tion will play on the counter at­tack tonight.

He said: “In this game it is about the first goal I think. They will know this and play on the break. We know they are very good at do­ing that but we will have to be press­ing.

“We will have to push to win the game but any­thing can hap­pen. It’s not over but we have to play the right way and hope we get what we need.”

POS­I­TIVE: Brighton right-back Inigo Calderon

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