Henri Lansbury scored twice as part of a stirring second-half comeback that gave Nottingham Forest victory over Brighton.

Forest trailed at half-time following Andrew Crofts' close-range header.

But Lansbury headed the visitors level from Radoslaw Majewski's cross within a minute of the restart and Darius Henderson's sweet low shot made it 2-1.

Lansbury added a third from the penalty spot and the Reds held on despite having Nathaniel Chalobah sent off.

The on-loan Chelsea midfielder was dismissed for picking up two yellow cards.

Forest on form

Nottingham Forest are unbeaten in six Championship games, having won three and drawn three since losing to Wigan on 31 August.

However, Forest defended stubbornly with 10 men for the remaining 23 minutes and seven minutes of injury-time to go back up to fourth in the Championship, one point behind third-place Leicester.

Brighton had started strongly and Kazenga LuaLua twice went went close to putting the hosts ahead while Ashley Barnes forced a fine save from goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

At the other end Brighton keeper Tomasz Kuszczak made good saves from Henderson and Majewski.

But Brighton deservedly went ahead after a deep cross by Stephen Ward was mis-hit into Crofts' path by Ashley Barnes.

The hosts failed to build on that lead though, and Forest were good value for their victory after the interval.

Lansbury grabbed his first goal with a superb header from eight yards.

Darlow prevented Brighton from regaining the lead only three minutes later when he pushed a Barnes shot onto the post.

And two goals in the space of two minutes as good as won the game for the visitors.

Henderson put his side ahead with a left-foot shot into the bottom corner on after Matthew Upson could only half clear a Danny Collins cross.

Lansbury's second was blasted home from the spot following a foul by Gordon Greer on Simon Cox.

And Chalobah's sending off, which came about for a second yellow card when he shoved LuaLua, could not inspire a late Brighton rally.

Brighton head coach Oscar Garcia: "Sometimes this kind of thing happens. It's a game that everybody wants to win and we tried to play against them face to face.

"I'm proud of how we are playing. It's significant that the ground is full and I'm proud of the fans and the way they supported the team all the time despite the bad result.

"I'm also proud to be the coach of Brighton. The fans support the players and the team. They know we play attractive football but the black point is we don't score."

Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies on Henri Lansbury: "He is a great character, you can see the spirit he plays with. He has a great work ethic and fully deserved his two goals.

"This team never say die, never, and it was a great three points. It wasn't one of our most emphatic wins but away from home we've done very well.

"The Brighton keeper made three or four great saves in the first half and we were disappointed to go in one nil down.

"At the interval I felt confident we would get the three points and we did so by showing tremendous resilience and wonderful character."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 14 Calderón (Conway - 81' )
  • 17 Ward
  • 04 Andrews
  • 03 Greer
  • 20 Upson
  • 08 Crofts Booked
  • 18 Forster-Caskey (D. López - 63' )
  • 09 Barnes (Barker - 84' )
  • 30 Buckley
  • 25 Lua Lua

Substitutes

  • 06 El-Abd
  • 15 Chicksen
  • 16 Ankergren
  • 21 D. López
  • 22 Barker
  • 23 Conway
  • 38 Ince

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Darlow Booked
  • 02 Lichaj Booked
  • 08 Cohen
  • 10 Lansbury
  • 25 Hobbs
  • 05 Collins
  • 31 Cox Booked (Abdoun - 72' )
  • 07 Chalobah Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 09 Henderson (Halford - 83' )
  • 28 Majewski (Mackie - 81' Booked )
  • 11 Reid

Substitutes

  • 12 Mackie
  • 15 Halford
  • 18 Jara
  • 21 Paterson
  • 27 Derbyshire
  • 29 de Vries
  • 39 Abdoun
Ref: Craig Pawson
Att: 27,755

Match Stats

Shots

21 11

On target

3 6

Corners

2 3

Fouls

11 19

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Nottingham Forest 3.

90:00 +6:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Nottingham Forest 3.

90:00 +5:42

Attempt missed. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by William Buckley.

90:00 +3:48

Foul by Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90:00 +3:48

Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +3:32

Attempt blocked. Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.

90:00 +2:40 Booking

Booking Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +2:39 Booking

Booking Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +2:34

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +2:34

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

89:05

Attempt blocked. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Keith Andrews.

87:13

Attempt missed. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.

83:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. George Barker replaces Ashley Barnes.

82:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Greg Halford replaces Darius Henderson.

82:16

Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:16

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

80:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Craig Conway replaces Íñigo Calderón.

80:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Mackie replaces Radoslaw Majewski.

79:39

Attempt missed. David López (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.

79:04

Attempt blocked. Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

76:42

Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

76:42

Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:31

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

75:31

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:57

Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

74:57

Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:57

Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:57

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

73:21

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Keith Andrews tries a through ball, but Andrew Crofts is caught offside.

72:43

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

72:43

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Djamel Abdoun replaces Simon Cox.

70:21 Booking

Booking Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:02

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

70:02

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:45 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Nathaniel Chalobah (Nottingham Forest) for a bad foul.

66:38

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Nottingham Forest).

66:38

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:49

Attempt blocked. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:06

Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

63:06

Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. David López replaces Jake Forster-Caskey.

61:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Nottingham Forest 3. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

60:13

Penalty Nottingham Forest. Simon Cox draws a foul in the penalty area.

60:13

Penalty conceded by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.

59:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Nottingham Forest 2. Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

58:31

Nathaniel Chalobah (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:31

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

55:47

Foul by Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest).

55:47

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:35

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey with a cross following a corner.

54:03

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Nathaniel Chalobah.

54:01

Attempt blocked. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by William Buckley.

52:36

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Chalobah (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

49:17

Attempt missed. Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by William Buckley with a cross.

48:23

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

48:23

Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:37

Attempt saved. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

46:55

Foul by Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest).

46:55

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Nottingham Forest 1. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Radoslaw Majewski with a cross following a corner.

45:32

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Matthew Upson.

45:00

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Nottingham Forest 0.

45:00 +2:31 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Nottingham Forest 0.

45:00 +0:03

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:03

Foul by William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion).

41:16

Attempt missed. Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew Upson following a corner.

41:13

Attempt missed. Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey with a cross following a corner.

40:34

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

39:48

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.

38:00 Booking

Booking Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

37:33

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

37:33

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:43

Attempt saved. Nathaniel Chalobah (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Radoslaw Majewski.

34:20

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Andy Reid tries a through ball, but Simon Cox is caught offside.

33:46

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Gordon Greer.

31:54

Nathaniel Chalobah (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:54

Foul by Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion).

30:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Nottingham Forest 0. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

30:15

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Ward with a cross.

29:01

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Íñigo Calderón.

27:00

Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Radoslaw Majewski.

25:50

Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

24:00

Attempt saved. Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Simon Cox.

21:32

Foul by Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest).

21:32

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:10 Booking

Booking Nathaniel Chalobah (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

19:41

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:41

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Nottingham Forest).

18:29

Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:29

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

16:47

Attempt blocked. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.

15:18

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by William Buckley with a cross following a set piece situation.

14:07

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

14:07

Foul by Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest).

13:35

Attempt saved. Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross.

13:06

Attempt blocked. Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

11:53

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

11:53

Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:08

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

7:37

Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by William Buckley.

7:09

Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:09

Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

6:56

Attempt blocked. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6:00

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

6:00

Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:33

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

3:35

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

3:35

Nathaniel Chalobah (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:03

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:03

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Nottingham Forest).

1:09

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:09

Foul by Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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