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Summary

  1. First Football League game of 2015-16 season
  2. Kazenga LuaLua scores winner for Brighton
  3. Both sides hit post in opening 22 minutes

Live Reporting

By Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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FT: Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Kazenga LuaLua
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So, Brighton have made the ideal start to the season, winning their opening game for the first time in four years.

You can read our match report

here.

Do join us again tomorrow lunchtime, for live coverage of Cardiff v Fulham and Leeds v Burnley from 11:45 BST.

All the best to you and your team this season, and thanks for joining us.

FT: Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

There were positives for Forest though, in particular Matt Mills' impressive, debut performance at the back - he looked solid and dependable, and was very vocal in the Reds' backline.

But at the other end, they didn't create enough chances for Dexter Blackstock.

FT: Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

So Kazenga LuaLua's second-half goal is enough to send Brighton, temporarily at least, to the top of the Championship.

Both teams hit the post in the first half, before a stunning save by Forest keeper Dorus de Vries kept things goalless at the break.

In the end, LuaLua's winner gave Brighton a deserved victory and Forest will be hoping for much better than that for the rest of this season. They are missing key players through injury, so perhaps there is plenty more to come from them.

FULL-TIME

FT: Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

The whistle goes and Brighton have won the opening game of the 2015-16 Football League season.

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Brighton have a corner and that's exactly where they want the ball to be. Forest are running out of time to salvage anything from this game.

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Solly Marsh has a chance to finish this once and for all, but volleys over.

We'll now have four minutes of additional time.

SUBSTITUTION

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

And the winger is replaced, to much applause. Kazenga LuaLua comes off for debutant Liam Rosenior.

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Kazenga LuaLua
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As things stand, it's Kazenga LuaLua's low strike that separates these two teams.

It's been a lively, 'eight out of 10' performance from the winger - although my colleague is offering a 6.7 for the very acrobatic celebration.

YELLOW CARD (LuaLua)

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

We have a sixth booking of the night and this time it is the goalscorer, Kazenga LuaLua, who goes into the referee's book.

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Forest's Tyler Walker gets a shot away but that is comfortably gathered by David Stockdale. Can the visitors level, late in the match? Walker has certainly put himself about since coming on.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Jamie Paterson replaces Jamie Ward for Forest, as they search for a late equaliser. For Brighton, Chris O'Grady replaces Sam Baldock, as both teams make a change.

CLOSE!

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Lewis Dunk somehow gets his body in the way to prevent Dexter Blackstock equalising for Forest.

It was a long throw into the box, which nobody dealt with until it was almost a goalmouth scramble, but Brighton clear the danger eventually.

SUBSTITUTION

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Rohan Ince replaces Tomer Hemed for Brighton.

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Tyler Walker breaks with pace for Forest and his shot is well saved by David Stockdale. Brighton eventually get the ball behind for a corner.

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Henri Lansbury, who clipped the post with a curling free-kick in the first half, can't find the target with another dead-ball effort, which this time goes high of the woodwork. Forest having a decent spell but they haven't yet found a breakthrough.

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Dougie Freedman
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Forest have two up front now after the introduction of Tyler Walker. Can that change the game for them?

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Tyler Walker has a chance to make an instant impact, after a good cut-back from Michail Antonio, but he can't get a sweet connection on the ball and his tame shot trickles wide. That was a good chance for Forest.

SUBSTITUTION

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Tyler Walker, son of Des, comes on to replace Danny Fox for Forest. An attacking move from Dougie Freedman.

Immediately afterwards, Solly March has a chance for Brighton but his low shot hits the side netting.

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Brighton's Lewis Dunk does very well to head a cross behind, under pressure from Forest's Dexter Blackstock. Good defending.

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

The Brighton fans have certainly found their voices now. Optimism is in the air at the Amex Stadium!

Kazenga Lua Lua fires wide from a tight angle, as the hosts continue to threaten. Maybe he's still a little dizzy from the somersaults he performed during his goal celebration...

Kazenga LuaLua
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YELLOW CARD (Baldock)

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Forest's Danny Fox sends a free-kick into row Z, prompting whistles from the Brighton fans.

In the build-up to that set-piece, Sam Baldock was booked for the hosts for dissent.

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest have a free-kick towards the byline. Henri Lansbury fires the ball across goal and David Stockdale palms it clear, diverting it away from the waiting Forest heads.

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Michail Antonio lashes a shot high and wide for Forest at the other end, but from that far out, it would have to have been quite some strike to beat David Stockdale.

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

As you can imagine, the crowd loved that.

Kazenga LuaLua has looked in the mood tonight and that goal came after he saw two of his efforts saved in the first half. He has started the season with a bang.

GOAL (LuaLua)

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Kazenga LuaLua
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Kazenga LuaLua breaks the deadlock for this 2015-16 Football League season and it's a confident finish from the winger.

From the corner of the penalty area, he shoots low and hard with his left foot across the face of goal and it nestles nicely in the far, bottom corner.

Brighton are ahead, and they probably deserve that.

Brighton 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Forest's Dexter Blackstock is the target for a long, high ball forward but he can't get the ball under control. Forest will want to get the ball to his feet a bit more in this half.

Zamora returns to Brighton

Brighton 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Brighton fan
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New Brighton signing Bobby Zamora spoke to Sky Sports at half-time:

"I'm delighted to be back. Everyone knows what this club means to me. I'm over the moon. It'll be nice to get out there and play in this lovely stadium.

"I thought they (Brighton) dominated Forest in that first half and we should be 1-0 up. In the next 45 minutes, hopefully we'll put some away."

KICK-OFF

Brighton 0-0 Nottingham Forest

We are back under way here at the Amex Stadium. Which of these two teams will be going top of the Championship tonight?

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HT: Brighton 0-0 Nottingham Forest

So, how do you see this second half going? Will Forest improve after half-time, or will Brighton find the breakthrough that eluded them before the break?

Get involved and tell us what you think, using #bbcfootball on Twitter.

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Missed BBC Radio 5 live's Football League preview show? Fear not - you can listen by clicking on the Live Coverage tab.

Among the contributors were Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer and Preston North End boss Simon Grayson.

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HT: Brighton 0-0 Nottingham Forest

OptaJoe on Twitter: 61% - Nottingham Forest completed only 61% of their passes in the first half tonight. Their average last season was 73%.

Who would make the team?

BBC Sport's Football League Managers XI

There are some stellar names among the 72 managers in the Football League, so we compiled what we think is the ultimate Football League Managers XI - and it is a pretty

useful line-up.

Football League Managers XI
BBC Sport

With 312 international caps, four Champions League trophies, three Premier League winners' medals, eight Scottish Premiership titles and a Turkish Cup between them, it is clear the men on the Football League touchlines this weekend had plenty of quality in their day.

Agree with our selection?

HT: Brighton 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Right then, while the players take a breather, we can tell you about a couple of things you may have missed on BBC Sport earlier this week...

HT: Brighton 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Dougie Freedman and Chris Hughton
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So a goalless first 45 minutes at the Amex Stadium, but both teams have struck the woodwork in what has been a thoroughly enjoyable game so far.

I think Brighton fans will be very encouraged by what they have seen from their side so far, as they have created by far the better of the chances.

As for Forest, they remain level thanks mainly to that outstanding, reaction stop from Dorus de Vries to deny Tomer Hemed.

HALF-TIME

Brighton 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Sam Baldock
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So, we're 45 minutes into the new Football League season.

No goals so far, but plenty of entertainment and an early contender for "save of the season" provided by Brighton and Nottingham Forest in our opening match of the campaign.

GREAT SAVE!

Brighton 0-0 Nottingham Forest

That is a stunning, one-handed save from Forest goalkeeper Dorus de Vries to deny Tomer Hemed a debut goal right at the end of this half.

Solly March whips in a decent left-footed cross, Temed times his jump perfectly and powers his header goalwards, but the Forest keeper somehow claws it out.

Wonderful save.

Brighton 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Two added minutes have been indicated by the fourth official.

YELLOW CARD (Kayal)

Brighton 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Albion's Beram Kayal gets his name in the book for an untidy challenge on Forest skipper Henri Lansbury.

SUBSTITUTION

Brighton 0-0 Nottingham Forest

In fact, Robert Tesche can't continue, and the Forest midfielder is replaced by David Vaughan.

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Brighton 0-0 Nottingham Forest

Daniel Kelly: This game needs a goal. Brighton looking the more likely, been a good half for them!

Stuie Neale: Good half so far for me, end to end.

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