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Nottingham Forest 2-3 Brighton: Joao Pedro nets an outstanding brace to assist Seagulls earn hard-fought win on the Metropolis Floor… as Roberto De Zerbi’s males survive late scare after Lewis Dunk’s crimson card

Nottingham Forest 2-3 Brighton: Joao Pedro nets an outstanding brace to assist Seagulls earn hard-fought win on the Metropolis Floor… as Roberto De Zerbi’s males survive late scare after Lewis Dunk’s crimson card
Nottingham Forest 2-3 Brighton: Joao Pedro nets an outstanding brace to assist Seagulls earn hard-fought win on the Metropolis Floor… as Roberto De Zerbi’s males survive late scare after Lewis Dunk’s crimson card


The ultimate whistle went and for Roberto De Zerbi, there was no time for handshakes. The Brighton boss charged down the pitch as if he was David Pleat in 1982 and in the direction of the visiting followers housed within the decrease tier of the Bridgford Stand, as his injury-ravaged facet ecstatically celebrated their first league win since September.

All the way down to ten-men after Lewis Dunk was booked twice in 21 seconds for dissent by Anthony Taylor after Nottingham Forest have been awarded a penalty, Brighton held on. 

Evan Ferguson’s first-half equaliser and a brace from Joao Pedro ensured that Morgan Gibbs-White’s transformed spot kick was nothing greater than a comfort for Steve Cooper’s facet, in a loopy encounter which De Zerbi described as ‘top-of-the-line video games of the season.’

On Thursday, Brighton may safe qualification to the Europa League knockout part however De Zerbi admitted that he celebrated as if the this was the Champions League.

‘We celebrated like a closing within the Champions League,’ stated the Brighton supervisor. ‘The character and the angle made the distinction. The spirit, the soul and the best way we received the sport with ten gamers, with out our captain, Pascal Gross at proper again, Jack Hinshelwood at left-back and greater than 25 minutes with ten males,’ he added.

Joao Pedro scored a brace for Brighton to assist encourage an exciting victory at Nottingham Forest 

Anthony Elanga's header opened the scoring for Nottingham Forest at the City Ground

Anthony Elanga’s header opened the scoring for Nottingham Forest on the Metropolis Floor

18-year-old Irishman Evan Ferguson took his goal superbly well to make it 2-1 to Brighton

18-year-old Irishman Evan Ferguson took his objective fantastically properly to make it 2-1 to Brighton

Six of their ten gamers left on the pitch on the finish of the sport have been 23 or underneath and De Zerbi harassed that his celebration was not out of disrespect however extra out of sheer emotion for the three factors.

‘We’re struggling loads, shedding ten gamers to harm and we misplaced two extra gamers within the first-half. We additionally misplaced two substitutions after which we suffered a crimson card. We misplaced two factors in every of the previous few video games. 

‘This is without doubt one of the hardest moments in my time – not simply within the Premier League – however in my profession. And for that, it was an enormous celebration,’ stated De Zerbi.

‘I’ve not seen him. I don’t wish to get into that,’ stated Cooper, when requested about De Zerbi’s celebration, ‘Should you ask me, I’m a British coach. I’ve been introduced as much as shake palms after a sport and present respect and attempting to win and lose with dignity. I’m not saying he’s not completed that however I might all the time shake palms,’ the Forest boss added.

Brighton wonderkid Ferguson recently signed a new deal, meaning he is now tied down to the Sussex club until 2029.

Brighton wonderkid Ferguson not too long ago signed a brand new deal, that means he’s now tied right down to the Sussex membership till 2029.

Brighton captain Lewis Dunk was given a red card after he gave away a penalty to Forest

Brighton captain Lewis Dunk was given a crimson card after he gave away a penalty to Forest

There was a second simply after the midway mark when Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey went down with harm and the Brighton followers began chanting ‘Get up should you’ve introduced your boots,’.

They’d already misplaced Ansu Fati earlier within the half and now Lamptey – in his first look since October – was compelled off.

De Zerbi had initally made 5 adjustments from the staff that drew in opposition to Sheffield United earlier than the worldwide break however inside three minutes, the hosts had opened the scoring.

Morgan Gibbs-White floated a pleasant supply from the best flank to the far put up the place Anthony Elanga was free and the 21-year-old headed in splendidly from a difficult angle to present Forest the lead.

MATCH FACTS

NOTTINGHAM FOREST (4-1-4-1): Vlachodimos 6, Aina 6 (Williams 90), Niakhate 5, Murillo 5, Toffolo 6, Mangala 5, Gibbs-White 7, Danilo 5 (Hudson-Odoi 62, 6), Dominguez 6 (Yates 69, 6), Elanga 6, Wooden 5 (Origi 63, 6)

Subs unused: Turner, Kouyate, Aurier, Montiel, Boly

Objectives: Elanga 3, Gibbs-White 76 (pen)

Bookings: Toffolo, Niakhate

Supervisor: Steve Cooper 6

BRIGHTON (4-2-3-1): Verbruggen 7, Veltman 7, Van Hecke 7, Dunk 5, Lamptey 5 (Hinshelwood 35, 6), Gross 7, Gilmour 6 (Baleba 77, 5) Adringra 6, Lallana 6 (Buonanotte 45, 6), Fati 5 (Joao Pedro 21,8), Ferguson 7 (Moder 77, 5)

Subs unused: Steele, Baker-Boaitey, Jackson, Duffus

Objectives: Ferguson 26, Joao Pedro 45+4, 58 (pen)

Bookings: Adingra, Ferguson, Verbruggen, Buonanotte

Crimson card: Dunk 73 (two bookings)

Supervisor: Roberto De Zerbi 7

Referee: Anthony Taylor 7

Attendance: 29,404

Brighton’s woes have been compounded when simply 20 minutes in, Fati was compelled off with harm and changed by Joao Pedro.

But 5 minutes later, they discovered themselves degree due to Ferguson. It was an outstanding end too from the 19-year-old after Gross discovered him on the sting of the field and the Irishman positioned the ball splendidly previous Odysseas Vlachodimos.

With the equaliser, Brighton ensured that they’d scored for the twenty ninth Premier League sport in succession. Solely three groups have ever had an extended run and every have received the league in no less than one of many seasons that these runs spanned.

Lamptey’s harm led to the introduction of 18-year-old Jack Hinshelwood, whose title wasn’t even within the match day programme.

Such has been the harm disaster on the South Coast. And in first half added time, Brighton took the lead thanks to a different glorious end.

Morgan Gibbs-White cooly converted a penalty to drag Nottingham Forest back into the match

Morgan Gibbs-White cooly transformed a penalty to pull Nottingham Forest again into the match

Gross’s supply from the best discovered Joao Pedro, who guided a terrific header previous the keeper to present the guests a deserved half-time lead.

Simply shy of the hour mark, Wooden was deemed to have fouled Joao Pedro within the field – a choice that enraged Cooper – and the Brazilian despatched the keeper the flawed strategy to double Brighton’s benefit.

But when Dunk was despatched off for dissent after the referee gave Forest a penalty for Hinshelwood’s foul – which Gibbs-White transformed – following a seven-minute VAR verify, Brighton needed to see out 27 minutes together with ten minutes of added time with a person brief.

That they did, due to some resolute defending and a last-gasp cease from keeper Bart Verbruggen to disclaim Ryan Yates, earlier than De Zerbi went off to rejoice. Some three factors little question really feel sweeter than others. As for Forest, it was a primary dwelling defeat of the season and a primary top-flight defeat to Brighton since 1979.

‘It could be simple for me to cover behind an terrible penalty choice however I’m not going to cover behind that – as unhealthy because it was – as a result of we’ve acquired to play higher than we did within the first half,’ stated Cooper.

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