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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 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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