Setting the scene
The City Ground has become something of a happy hunting ground for the Albion over recent seasons. Forest were having their own struggles in the league bought about largely due to the inpetitude of the Al-Hawasi’s basketcase ownership and so this seemed like the perfect place to bounce back from Tuesday nights defeat to Newcastle. Or so we thought…
The big news was that Liam Rosenior returned to the starting line up after over six months on the sidelines in place of the injured Sebastian Pocognoli – one of the few positives from the day was seeing him back. Chuba Akmpom didn’t even make the substitutes bench which suggests Chris Hughton may have already worked out that he is merely the latest in a long line of terrible loan strikers to have joined the club. Perhaps most worrying of all was the sight of Shane Duffy limping away from the action with the centre back now ruled out with a broken metatarsal. According to Hughton, he will miss the next six weeks which in Brighton and Hove Albion medical talk probably means he is out for the season, leaving us desperately short at centre back with Connor Goldson also out and Lewis Dunk a suspension waiting to happen.
Hughton is normally one of the most amicable managers around even when things don’t go our way, so you knew there was deep controversy about Forest’s opener when even he is questioning the officials for it. Zac Clough had a shot being touched on its way in by Britt Assombalonga who was clearly in an offside position and clearly interfering with play seeing as he was stood right in David Stockdale’s line of sight. Despite the Albion players doing their best Chelsea impression and surrounding the officials, the goal stood. That was on the hour mark. Forest added two more late on in the game. David Stockdale’s penchant for pratting around with the ball finally caught up with him when he mistaken believed he had the ability to perform keepy ups from a Rosenior back pass. Needless to say he didn’t and gave the ball straight to Ben Osborn. Frustration boiled over at that point and, surprise surprise, Dunk went diving into a slide challenge in the box which resulted in a penalty and goal number two for Clough and number three for Forest.
Forest had three shots on target which resulted in three goals. The Albion dominated possession but couldn’t do much with it bar Glenn Murray seeing an effort chalked off for handball. Anthony Knockaert forced Jordan Smith into a good save from distance and in the second half there were further chances for Dunk, Knockaert and Solly March. But this was largely a game that was about as memorable as a chicken and mayo roll from Greggs. Once it’s over, you are never going to remember it.
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Rosenior just for being back on the pitch. The bloke is a bloody inspiration.
Draw a line under it and move on. Forest had three shots on goal and scored three times which, thanks to the brilliance of Stockdale and the back four so far this season, is an extremely rare occurence. Everybody is allowed a bad day at the office and this was ours. Consecutive defeats don’t look good in the context of things, but there were mitigating circumstances in that one of those was against the divisions best side in Newcastle and we were excellent for at least an hour of that. Of bigger concern is Duffy’s injury and subsequent absence with the footballing God’s clearly deciding to test us again on the injury front at a key point of the season. On paper, the next game looks easy away at rock bottom Rotherham United but we said that last season and lost 2-0. We haven’t even scored a goal at the New York Stadium. Ever. Time to put that right.
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