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Brighton 2-3 Nottingham Forest

Dougie Freedman
Dougie Freedman scored 23 goals for Forest between 1998 and 2000

Dougie Freedman's reign as Nottingham Forest manager got off to a winning start with victory at Brighton.

Danny Holla's free-kick was glanced in by Lewis Dunk to put the hosts ahead, before a Danny Collins header went in off the post to level for Forest.

Henri Lansbury's low free-kick put the Reds ahead, while Joao Teixeira hit the post for Brighton in the second half.

Ben Osborn swept in Forest's third before Albion substitute Beram Kayal's header set up a tense finish.

Kayal came close to an injury-time equaliser but his effort was cleared off the line by Jamaal Lascelles.

Collins back in contention
Danny Collins last played for Forest on the final day of last season when the Reds were beaten at home by Brighton.
The Seagulls beat Forest 2-1 that day as Leonardo Ulloa's injury-time winner secured Brighton a place in the play-offs.

Freedman made five changes from the side which took to the field for Stuart Pearce's last game against Millwall.

Four of those came in the back five with Karl Darlow returning in goal, while Collins came in for his first game of the season and was joined by Danny Fox and Eric Lichaj.

An injury to Solly March inside 20 minutes saw him replaced by Kazenga LuaLua, who returned to action for the first time since a knee injury picked up at the end of November.

Brighton controlled the first half, with Holla hitting the angle of bar, and it was no surprise when the same man's set-piece allowed Dunk to score.

But Forest hit back within two minutes when Osborn's free-kick was met by Collins to level.

Teixeira was superbly denied by Darlow at the start of the second half and he also put a free header wide.

Another set-piece produced the game's third goal as Osborn tapped a free-kick to Lansbury, who drove in his sixth goal of the season for the Reds.

Teixeira's shot rebounded off the base of the post onto the back of Darlow and to safety as the hosts looked for an equaliser.

Chris Burke's low ball into the six-yard box was finished off by Osborn to put Forest 3-1 up, before Kayal closed the gap and nearly levelled in a thrilling end to the game.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman:

"We had to make sure we were compact, we had to make sure we were committed to each other.

"As the game went on we grew more in confidence in our attacking play, resulting in that third goal.

"I am really, really enjoying working with the players we have and I so proud to be the Forest manager."

Kazenga LuaLua
Kazenga LuaLua made a his first return for Brighton since injuring his knee against Fulham in November

Line-ups

Brighton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 3Greer
  • 5Dunk
  • 30Bennett
  • 22HollaSubstituted forKayalat 85'minutes
  • 24InceBooked at 62mins
  • 14CalderónSubstituted forBestat 66'minutes
  • 17Vilaca Teixeira
  • 27MarchSubstituted forLua Luaat 19'minutes
  • 11O'Grady

Substitutes

  • 4Hughes
  • 12Mackail-Smith
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 19Best
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 28Kayal
  • 31Walton

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Darlow
  • 2Lichaj
  • 25Hobbs
  • 5Collins
  • 13Fox
  • 27Burke
  • 22Gardner
  • 10LansburySubstituted forLascellesat 89'minutes
  • 38Osborn
  • 9AssombalongaSubstituted forFryattat 80'minutes
  • 18Antonio

Substitutes

  • 7Fryatt
  • 16Lascelles
  • 21Paterson
  • 23Blackstock
  • 24Vaughan
  • 29de Vries
  • 32Tesche
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
26,267

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home24
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Nottingham Forest 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Nottingham Forest 3.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Nottingham Forest. Daniel Fox tries a through ball, but Matty Fryatt is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leon Best (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Teixeira with a cross following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Danny Collins.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. João Teixeira (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Beram Kayal.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Joe Bennett (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 2, Nottingham Forest 3. Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua with a cross following a corner.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jamaal Lascelles replaces Henri Lansbury.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Gary Gardner.

  15. Post update

    Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Nottingham Forest 3. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Burke.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Beram Kayal replaces Danny Holla.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

As It Stood

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2Derby29176656263057
3Middlesbrough29168546192756
4Brentford2916494537852
5Ipswich29149646291751
6Watford29155957332450
7Norwich29138854342047
8Wolves2912983437-345
9Blackburn29109103839-139
10Sheff Wed2991282226-439
11Birmingham2991193240-838
12Nottm Forest29910104042-237
13Reading29107123543-837
14Huddersfield29107123948-937
15Cardiff2998123743-635
16Fulham29105144250-835
17Bolton2997133443-934
18Rotherham29712102836-833
19Charlton2961582638-1233
20Leeds2988133040-1032
21Brighton29611123239-729
22Millwall2969142747-2027
23Wigan29410152739-1222
24Blackpool2948172254-3220
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