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The City Ground (ATT 20,109) 29th September 2004 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Laws

N Forest Nottingham Forest vs Brighton and Hove Albion Brighton

Forest sunk by Brighton

By Patrick Goss.   Last Updated: 29/09/04 10:23pm

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Nottingham Forest's poor start to the season took a major turn for the worse, with Brighton picking up a 1-0 win on their visit to the City Ground.

Brighton yet again had centre-back turned striker Adam Virgo to thank - with the powerful Albion star heading home a 25th minute corner for the only goal of the game.

Forest are in the bottom three, and Joe Kinnear's triumphant late season success is already a distant memory.

David Johnson failed to control after an Alan Rogers shot and the diminutive striker was just unable to connect with an Andy Reid cross.

The breakthrough came when Darren Currie curled in a deep corner, and Virgo was on hand to head home at the far post.

Marlon King was brought on soon after the goal, and Michael Kuipers had to be alert to tip a fierce drive past the post.

Eugen Bopp came close on two occasions, shooting narrowly wide then seeing Kuipers get down well to another effort.

But it was Gareth Taylor that came closest to restoring parity - Kuipers saving superbly after the former Burnley man had got up to power a header towards goal.

Brighton defended in numbers, Forest could not find the cutting edge they needed, and will be again worrying about the relegation battle - even at this early stage of the season.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 45 88
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 45 84
4 Norwich City 45 83
5 Ipswich Town 45 78
6 Derby County 45 77
7 Brentford 45 75
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 75
9 Blackburn Rovers 45 64
10 Charlton Athletic 45 60
11 Birmingham City 45 60
12 Nottingham Forest 45 59
13 Cardiff City 45 59
14 Sheffield Wednesday 45 59
15 Leeds United 45 55
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 45 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
19 Reading 44 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 45 46
21 Rotherham United 44 42
22 Millwall 45 41
23 Wigan Athletic 45 39
24 Blackpool 45 25

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