Roberto De Zerbi stays winless as Brighton boss after his aspect slipped to a 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest.
Despite developing considerable alternatives, particularly within the first part, Brighton failed to attain for the 3rd sport working as they just ran out of concepts in opposition to a resolute if restricted Forest.
Leandro Trossard clipped the bar and Dean Henderson was once known as upon to make six saves, the pick out of which got here overdue directly to deny Pascal Gross.
This was once Brighton’s sixteenth 0-0 for the reason that get started of the nineteen/20 season – essentially the most of any Premier League aspect in that duration.
Forest took 59 mins to sign up a shot or also have a contact in Brighton’s penalty field – however it was once some other stepped forward defensive appearing with some degree lifting them off the ground of the desk.
Forest boss Steve Cooper stated: “We’ve been on a poor run and could have been even more deflated when a few things didn’t go our way against Wolves. But we showed resilience, spirit and desire. It was a good point. If we were higher in league, it would have been a great point.”
Brighton: Sanchez (7), Veltman (7), Dunk (7), Webster (7), March (7), Mac Allister (7), Caicedo (7), Lallana (6), Gross (6), Welbeck (6), Trossard (7)
Subs: Lamptey (7), Undav (6)
Nottingham Forest: Henderson (8), Williams (7), Cook (8), McKenna (8), Aurier (7), Freuler (7), Yates (7), Mangala (6), Lingard (6), Johnson (6), Gibbs-White (6)
Subs: Worrall (7), Biancone (6), Toffolo (6), Awonyi (6), Kouyate (7)
Man of the fit: Dean Henderson
A story of frustration for Brighton…
Brighton paid tribute pre-fit to Enock Mwepu of their first house sport since his unhappy retirement as a result of a hereditary middle situation, and the house fanatics chanted his title all over the outlet phases.
The Seagulls performed with nice intricacy and go with the flow with Forest sitting deep, however it took them 29 mins to create a powerful opening as Joel Veltman blazed over from 12 yards.
- Adam Lallana was once the one exchange for Roberto De Zerbi from the defeat at Brentford as he changed Pervis Estupinan.
- Steve Cooper made 3 adjustments from the aspect that misplaced 1-0 at Wolves with Jesse Lingard, Orel Mangala and Serge Aurier all passed begins
That opened the floodgates for Brighton. Solly March examined Henderson with a low force sooner than Trossard crashed an effort off the highest of the bar.
Henderson then produced an excellent double save to disclaim Gross and Danny Welbeck as Brighton once more didn’t capitalise on their dominance in a house sport.
With frustration ranges rising as the sport wore on, Forest sensed their laborious graft might simply be sufficient for an not likely level. Brennan Johnson scampered away on 59 mins however his effort from the attitude went out for a throw in – certainly one of simply two photographs Forest had within the sport.
Back on the different finish, Brighton remained cool in ownership however limp in assault. Forest defended their field very astutely and when required their goalkeeper got here to their rescue. Gross idea he had scored with 8 mins to head however Henderson’s reactions have been excellent to claw the risk away.
Brighton have now failed to attain with their ultimate 54 photographs with 18 of the ones on course.
Problems for De Zerbi to mend.
A difficult watch however Forest are digging in
Sky Sports’ Lewis Jones writes:
Steve Cooper has made a daring choice to head in opposition to all his herbal ideas relating to soccer with the intention to get Nottingham Forest up the desk. He is a supervisor who likes his gamers to play with freedom, to specific themselves.
That, for now, could be very a lot within the bin.
It’s all about defensive safety and self-discipline within the seek for Premier League issues. Jesse Lingard and Brennan Johnson, two gamers that love to create and posses an abundance of ability in ahead spaces, have been made to run and run some extra at The Amex. Lingard had simply 16 touches. Johnson had 10. Even the Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez had greater than either one of the Forest duo blended.
It took Forest 59 mins to file a slightly within the Brighton field and so they controlled simply 3 photographs on Sanchez’s objective. The goalkeeper can have were given his deck chair out and skim a excellent e book such was once the loss of motion he noticed.
But regardless of the loss of pleasure as an attacking unit, Forest have now taken two issues from the ultimate 9 to be had. It’s no doubt a get started however such loss of journey and freedom of their play will have to be laborious for Cooper to observe.
De Zerbi loved Brighton’s efficiency
Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi: “In my experience in the Premier League it’s not the first time my team play like this and we can’t win. I don’t want to speak about whether it’s unfair or unlucky.
“I say due to the gamers. Today I loved so much. I watched an overly improbable sport. We shoot 20 instances, we have now numerous possibilities. We must paintings within the ultimate 25 metres to make a choice the most efficient answer. We must assault the distance higher, to paintings within the ultimate move.
“You can choose the way to win. You can choose what style of play you can play. These players have chosen their way. I really like this way. This evening we’re sorry for the result. This is our way to achieve our result.”
Cooper: We confirmed resilience, spirit and need
Forest boss Steve Cooper stated: “It was always going to be tough. Brighton are a really good team. We’ve been on a poor run and could have been even more deflated when a few things didn’t go our way against Wolves. But we showed resilience, spirit and desire. It was a good point. If we were higher in league, it would have been a great point.
“Is that what we wish to be this night? No. But there may be small development, however so much to make stronger on.
“We want to be more of a threat and create more chances. We’ve had times where we’ve been that but we’ve conceded too many goals. We need to find a balance. We’re going to have to defend more this season.
“We wish to pick out up sufficient issues while changing into the staff we wish to be.”
Opta stats: Boring, boring Brighton?
- Since Brighton’s debut Premier League season (2017-18), the Seagulls have failed to score in more games (72) and played out more goalless draws (23) than any other side in the competition.
- Having picked up four points from their first three Premier League games this season (W1, D1, L1), Nottingham Forest have since won just two points from their eight games in the competition (D2 and L6), although they did keep their first away clean sheet in the top-flight since February 1999 this evening (0-0 vs Charlton).
- De Zerbi (D2 and L2) is the first Brighton manager to fail to win any of his first four league games in charge since Barry Lloyd, who failed to win his first 12 in charge between January and April 1987.
Brighton talk over with Manchester City on Saturday on the Etihad at 3pm within the Premier League whilst Nottingham Forest host Liverpool on the City Ground at the identical day; kick-off 12.30pm.