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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 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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