A SULK WITH REF
Bust-up shows pressure is getting to Hughton’s men
on track. We are going to have to show we can handle the pressure. It is always there and we have to deal with it. We have to win at Rotherham on Tuesday night.”
After dominating the Championship last season a slump cost Brighton automatic promotion by two goals. They went out in the play-off semi-finals to Sheffield Wednesday.
Forest manager Gary Brazil, who got three promotions with two clubs as a player, still thinks the Seagulls will fly into the Premier League. “Brighton are a very good side,” he said. “They will pick up a substantial amount of points from here to the end of the season and it would not shock me if they get promoted automatically. But this is a good scalp.”
Of the goal row, Brazil said: “From my point of view Assombalonga and Clough can fight over it, I don’t mind. It’s a goal and that’s all that matters.”
If the Newcastle defeat in midweek had affected Brighton then Forest wanted to know and Hildeberto Pereira in particular had a look with bright runs. For a side with an anxious look over the shoulder at what’s happening below, Forest were bright with their football, attacking with pace and ideas.
But they were frustrating, getting themselves into good, threatening positions, teasing the thought they could take the lead, and then fading away.
It was the Assombalonga controversy that put them in control and when Stockdale made a mess of a back pass to him from Liam Rosenior and failed to clear, Osborn sealed the win.
Clough’s late penalty just rocked Brighton a bit more.
TUSSLE: Brighton’s Bruno battles with Forest’s Jamie Ward