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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
Pos Team P Pts
1 Nottingham Forest 7 17
2 Norwich City 7 16
3 Watford 7 15
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 14
5 Charlton Athletic 7 13
6 Reading 7 13
7 Derby County 7 12
8 Sheffield Wednesday 7 12
9 Middlesbrough 7 12
10 Ipswich Town 7 11
11 Brentford 7 11
12 Millwall 7 10
13 Blackburn Rovers 7 10
14 Leeds United 7 10
15 Bournemouth 7 8
16 Wigan Athletic 7 8
17 Cardiff City 7 8
18 Brighton and Hove Albion 7 7
19 Rotherham United 7 7
20 Birmingham City 7 6
21 Bolton Wanderers 7 5
22 Huddersfield Town 7 5
23 Blackpool 7 1
24 Fulham 7 1

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