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Brighton 0 Nottingham Forest 0

Brighton have yet to record a victory under Roberto de Zerbi and only scored in his first game against Liverpool.

It is not critical as we are still in the top half of the table but concerning.

Much is made of De Zerbi inheriting a team with good values and foundations but the goal-scoring problem existed under Graham Potter.

Danny Welbeck leads the line selflessly but has not scored all season.  The goal-scoring lies in midfield, chiefly Leandro Trossard, but wide man Solly March – for all his application – has gone over 50 games without scoring.

Last night Brighton wholly dominated but, for all their pressure, the nearest they came to scoring was Trossard striking the bar.

Forest played a dangerous game of retaining possession in their  first third and were pressed back.

Largely due to some fine keeping by Dean Henderson, they survived but the sterility up front of the Seagulls was also a factor.

In the morning, as I went to get my morning paper from the Asda garage, I passed the sleek Forest team bus.

The team was obviously billeted at the Malmaison Hotel.

They have got their recruitment wrong since being promoted, spending well over £100 million on a new team but came to the Amex bottom of the table with only 5 points.

Yet they left with a point and renewed confidence.

Having the beginnings of a snuffle, with weariness in the legs and general fatigue, I opted for the Amazon TV presentation and put my two tickets up for sale on the ticket exchange website.

Their 3 analysts were Eni Oluku, who was well-informed and articulate (I believe she is a qualified lawyer), Lee Dixon – who is old school – and Matt Upton who served Brighton well 10 years ago in defence.

The presenter was Simon Thomas.

It was okay, if not ground-breaking, but at least I could watch a game that was rarely engaging from the comfort of my own home.

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About Ivan Conway

Ivan Conway will be reporting on Sussex sport. He is a member of the 1901 club at Brighton HAFC, Sussex County Cricket Club and an enthusiastic horse race goer. After selling his freight forwarding and conference business he settled in Hove. His other interests are bird watching, brass rubbing and bridge. More Posts