Last Updated: Sun, 11 May 2014 20:51
Brighton boss Oscar Garcia admitted that his side had been totally outplayed as the Seagulls' promotion hopes were emphatically ended by Derby.
The Rams ran our 4-1 winners at Pride Park to record a 6-2 aggregate victory, and will go on to play Wigan or QPR to decide who plays in the Premier League next season.
Will Hughes' first goal since November gave Derby the half-time lead before further strikes from Chris Martin, George Thorne and Jeff Hendrick.
Kazenga LuaLua's late reply was a mere consolation for Brighton, who tasted defeat in the play-off semi-finals for the second successive year.
"The first goal was always (going to be) important but the second was a big blow for us and we couldn't take it," said Garcia.
"We were just about to make two substitutions before it.
"But today, to be honest, they were much better than us. The table doesn't lie.
"We played much better in first leg and deserved much more but in the second leg they were much better than us.
"Over the two legs they are a better team than us and they deserve to be in the final game.
"On the whole, it has been a fantastic season for us. Not many thought we'd reach the play-offs and with the injuries we had during the season it is an achievement for us."
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