A SULK WITH REF

Bust-up shows pres­sure is get­ting to Hughton’s men

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

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

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