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Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

By Phil CartwrightBBC Sport
Kazenga LuaLua
Kazenga LuaLua celebrated his winning goal with his trademark somersault celebration

Kazenga LuaLua scored the only goal as Brighton beat Nottingham Forest in the opening Championship game of the 2015-16 Football League season.

Winger LuaLua beat Forest goalkeeper Dorus de Vries with a low angled shot five minutes after half-time.

De Vries clawed out Tomer Hemed's first-half header, while Forest's Henri Lansbury and Brighton's Beram Kayal both hit the post from outside the box.

Brighton's win was their first on the opening day of a season since 2011-12.

The Seagulls were good value for their victory, although they survived an early scare when midfielder Lansbury's 30-yard free-kick clipped the post and flew wide.

Kayal hit the woodwork with a shot from 20 yards midway through the first half, as Brighton began to seize control.

A stunning one-handed stop from de Vries denied Israel international striker Hemed a debut goal in first-half stoppage time, but the Dutchman was unable to keep out LuaLua's low drive just after the interval.

Forest, who lost midfielder Robert Tesche to a broken foot in the first period, threatened an equaliser late on, particularly after the introduction of teenage substitute Tyler Walker.

Their best opportunity to level came when the hosts failed to deal with a quickly-taken long throw, but Walker could not turn the ball into the net from the resulting scramble.

Bobby Zamora, who re-signed for Brighton earlier this week after 12 years away, was not included in Chris Hughton's squad.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "It is a nice way in which to start the season. It was a typical Championship game, being fairly tight, but we deserved to win it.

"Kazenga is a winner and had a good all-round game. You want to see that from your wide players.

"I am happy with the performance in general. Forest are a good side, with pace in wide areas. They may have players out injured now, but with that 11 I can see them winning a lot of games this season."

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman: "Unfortunately Robert has broken his foot and it's a big blow. It's the last thing we need right now but it'll give opportunities to others.

"I felt we were unfortunate to come in at half-time 0-0 but our concentration let us down soon after the break. After that our response was fantastic.

"We worked their keeper and on another night we would have got something out of the game. We went down to a sucker punch and it's important for us to stay focused now."

Kazenga LuaLua
Kazenga LuaLua (l) scored four goals in all competitions for Brighton last season
Dorus de Vries
Dorus de Vries made a stunning save to keep out Tomer Hemed's first-half header
Solly March
Solly March, along with LuaLua, was a constant danger to Nottingham Forest's defence
Tyler Walker
Tyler Walker is the son for ex-England defender and Forest legend Des Walker
Brighton fan
Brighton fans will have to wait a little longer to see returning striker Bobby Zamora - the former England international is not yet match-fit and was not selected by manager Chris Hughton

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 3Greer
  • 5Dunk
  • 12Bong
  • 20March
  • 7KayalBooked at 41mins
  • 6StephensBooked at 29mins
  • 30Lua LuaBooked at 85minsSubstituted forRoseniorat 88'minutes
  • 9BaldockBooked at 60minsSubstituted forO'Gradyat 81'minutes
  • 10HemedSubstituted forInceat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 11O'Grady
  • 14Calderon
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 23Rosenior
  • 24Ince
  • 26Rea

Nottm Forest

  • 1de Vries
  • 2LichajBooked at 12mins
  • 5Mills
  • 25Hobbs
  • 13FoxSubstituted forWalkerat 66'minutes
  • 32TescheSubstituted forVaughanat 40'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 10Lansbury
  • 4Mancienne
  • 19WardSubstituted forPatersonat 81'minutes
  • 23Blackstock
  • 18Antonio

Substitutes

  • 21Paterson
  • 24Vaughan
  • 26Evtimov
  • 27Burke
  • 34Walker
  • 36Riera
  • 37Grant
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
24,623

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home18
Away17
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Nottingham Forest 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Chris O'Grady (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  4. Post update

    Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Liam Rosenior with a through ball.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  8. Post update

    Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Liam Rosenior replaces Kazenga Lua Lua.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Booking

    David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Chris O'Grady (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

  15. Booking

    Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tyler Walker (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Eric Lichaj following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  20. Post update

    Tyler Walker (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

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