17:13 7th February 2015
REPORT: ALBION 2 FOREST 3
Brighton & Hove Albion were beaten 3-2 by Nottingham Forest at the Amex, as the visitors overturned a 1-0 deficit to claim all three points.
Chris Hughton made two changes to the side that lost to Blackpool last week, as Joao Teixeira replaced the injured Sam Baldock and Solly March took the place of Jake Forster-Caskey, who dropped to the bench.
The first clear-cut opportunity came after ten minutes when Danny Holla floated a corner towards Gordon Greer, but the Albion skipper headed an effort wide from inside the six-yard box.
Albion then won a free-kick on the left, following Eric Lichaj’s challenge on March, and Holla’s ball was met by Lewis Dunk but Karl Darlow saved the header.
March was unable to continue following Lichaj’s tackle and was replaced by Kazenga LuaLua, who made his first appearance since late November after recovering from a knee injury.
Albion had a penalty shout when Inigo Calderon’s cross deflected off former Seagulls loanee Gary Gardner, but referee Christopher Sarginson waved away the claims.
Holla almost broke the deadlock in emphatic fashion five minutes before the interval but his in-swinging free-kick cannoned off the post.
The Dutchman then capped off a fine first-half performance when his free-kick into the box was met by a glancing Dunk header which beat Darlow on 42 minutes.
However, Albion were pegged pack just two minutes later as Danny Collins headed the ball in off the post from Ben Osborn’s free-kick.
The Seagulls came out after the break looking to re-establish their lead. Joe Bennett’s cross was met by Teixeira in space only for Darlow to react quickly and block the midfielder's angled drive.
It was Forest who struck again though in the 63rd minute, as a low free-kick was driven into the area and Henry Lansbury reacted quickest to convert an effort past Stockdale.
Teixeira could have restored parity to the scoreline after working his way into space, but his deflected left-footed strike hit the post and hit Darlow before the visitors cleared the ball to safety.
Chris O’Grady was next to threaten the Forest goal with a strike from distance as Darlow made a low save, before sub Leon Best followed up only for the linesman to raise his flag for offside.
Beram Kayal came on for the final six minutes to make his Albion debut and received a warm reception from the Amex crowd, but Forest made it 3-1 just two minutes later as Osborn slotted the ball past Stockdale from Chris Burke’s cross.
Kayal then found the net with a superb glancing header from LuaLua’s cross in the 89th minute to set up a grandstand finish, and he could have scored again with a fantastic improvised shot before Forest cleared the ball off the line to hold on for three points.
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GOAL TIME 42 mins