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63 min “Can’t help feeling,” says David C Hunter, “that Potter’s move up the M23/M25 means that Brighton has gone from overwhelming to whelming.”

Thing is, this is the kind of game we saw plenty of times under Potter – complete dominance, no goals.

62 min While Adama Traore was scoring for Wolves, Brighton had another opening when March’s low cross was booted clear inside in the six-yard box.

61 min: Forest substitution Cheikhou Kouyate replaces Orel Mangala in the Forest midfield.

GOAL! Crystal Palace 0-1 Wolves (A Traore 31)

Adama Traore has given Wolves an unlikely lead at Selhurst Park. It was beautifully worked by Wolves, from one end of the field to the other. Eventually Bueno curled a superb cross to the far post, wher Traore powered a header past Guaita. That’s an excellent goal.

58 min They’ve had a few touches in the Brighton area now. Johnson charges down the right onto a long pass from Aurier. He runs at the backpedalling Webster, shifts the ball onto his left foot but then slices his shot out for a throw-in.

56 min Trossard steals the ball off Cook and plays it through to Welbeck, whose first touch is too heavy. That Welbeck miscontrol was Brighton’s 25th touch in the opposition penalty area. Forest have had none.

53 min Yates ducks into a bouncing ball and is kicked in the face by Caicedo, who didn’t see him coming on the blind side. Yates is down, though he’s conscious and seems okay apart from a nose bleed. Caicedo is booked.

It’s getting a bit tetchy. Photograph: Tony Obrien/Reuters

51 min: Another chance for Brighton! Veltman moves forward and curves a lovely cross towards the far post. Welbeck gets above McKenna but mistimes a header that drifts a few yards wide.

49 min Gross’s outswinging corner is met on the volley by Welbeck, 12 yards out, and Henderson moves to his left to push it away. A comfortable save.

48 min March is fouled 30 yards from goal, slightly to the left of centre. He touches off the free-kick to Mac Allister, whose fierce shot hits the head of Gibbs-White and goes behind for a corner.

46 min Peep peep! By the way it’s Crystal Palace 0-0 Wolves after 17 minutes at Selhurst Park.

“Ryan Thomas’ use of the word ‘underwhelmed’ has reminded me of a quirk of language,” says Professor Matt Dony. “You can be underwhelmed, and you can be overwhelmed. But it’s very rare to be simply ‘whelmed’. I’d argue that Brighton’s attack has often whelmed opponents. Not underwhelmed, as they’re very good players and attack with technically proficient football, and not overwhelmed, as they hardly ever actually score. Just whelmed.”

An attack spearheaded by Danny Whelmbeck, honk honk.

“Evening Rob,” says Simon McMahon. “In the absence of any meaningful action in Brighton / Gillingham / Portsmouth, maybe your readers might like to know that Dundee United are currently level 1-1 at Kilmarnock in the Scottish League Cup quarter final. Or that Scotland will likely qualify for the Super 12s in the T20 World Cup should they beat Ireland tomorrow. All of which means I’m not going to sleep very well tonight. I can take the despair etc …”


Half-time reading

Half time: Brighton 0-0 Nottm Forest

Brighton have slaughtered Forest at the Amex Stadium. It’s goalless.

Brighton should really be a couple of goals up at half-time.
Brighton should really be a couple of goals up at half-time. Photograph: Alastair Grant/AP

45 min: Webster misses an excellent chance! Brighton should be out of sight. March played a nice ball to the overlapping Gross near the byline on the right. His cutback was dummied by Lallana and ran to Webster, who launched it over the bar on the stretch.

43 min March’s scooped cross reaches his fellow wing-back Trossard beyond the far post. He chests it down and hits a volley that is well blocked by Aurier.

42 min Trossard is giving Aurier a difficult night. He runs him again but this time screws a cross behind for a goalkick.

41 min Johnson is going to try to continue.

40 min Johnson has gone down again with the same ankle problem. The referee stops play and gets an earful from half the Brighton team, presumably because it’s not a head injury. Brighton were in a very good position, having just won the ball high up the field.

The Brighton players calmly explain the situation to the referee.
The Brighton players calmly explain the situation to the referee. Photograph: John Sibley/Action Images/Reuters

39 min “If my memory serves me well,” begins James Kydd, “the Albion’s first game back in Brighton/Hove after their hiatus in Gillingham was actually a friendly against Nottingham Forest. The match, which I attended, was played at (the) Withdean Stadium and finished 2-2. I’m watching this game from the comfort of my sofa in Warsaw and my daughter is there at the Amex. Football…”

The memory on you!

38 min Johnson goes down holding his ankle after a lunging tackle from Webster, who let the ball run past him and desperately tried to make amends. It might have been a yellow card, but the referee didn’t give a foul. Johnson is okay to continue.

36 min And another chance for Brighton. Lallana finds the overlapping Trossard, who carefully picks out Gross near the penalty spot. He whistles a first-time shot that is too close to Henderson, and a Forest defender beats Welbeck to the rebound.

34 min It’s all Brighton now. March cuts inside from the right,beats Williams and drives a powerful low shot towards the near post. Henderson gets down smartly to push it behind for a corner. It might not have been going in anyway, but Henderson took no chances.

33 min: Chance for Lallana! Trossard spins a lovely cross with the outside of the left foot that is headed wide by Lallana. There was no pace on the ball, so it wasn’t an easy chance, but he should probably have worked Henderson.

31 min: Trossard hits the bar! Lovely play from Brighton, who snapped a series of one-touch passes to create a bit of space. Welbeck’s shot from the edge of the area was blocked and rebounded to Trossard. He cut across the bouncing ball and swished a first-time shot off the top of the bar.

31 min Brighton have had 70 per cent possession but only one shot on target. Forest are yet to have a shot off target.

29 min: Chance for Veltman! That’s the best opportunity of the match. Gross’s corner from the right ricocheted around the area before falling kindly for Veltman, 12 yards out. His eyes widened and he spanked it into orbit.

Joël Veltman lashes it over.
Joël Veltman lashes it over. Photograph: Ashley Western/Shutterstock

28 min An outswinging free-kick from March on the left is put behind by Mangala.

25 min The last few minutes have been more even, though Forest still need more from their front three. I feel a bit sorry for Gibbs-White, who doesn’t look comfortable on the right-hand side.

23 min That’s a bit better from Forest, a move around 10-15 passes before Williams is well tackled by March.

21 min Before the game, Steve Cooper said he wanted Forest to take better care with the ball than they did in the first half at Wolves on Saturday. They haven’t. They look ominously low on confidence.

20 min The only good thing for Forest is that, for all Brighton’s possession, Dean Henderson has only had one relatively comfortable save to make. It’s just like watching Brighton.

Dean Henderson collects the ball under pressure from Welbz.
Dean Henderson collects the ball under pressure from Welbz. Photograph: Tony Obrien/Reuters

18 min March scoops the ball neatly over Williams and moves into the area, but he gets caught in two minds and Forest are able to clear the danger.

17 min Freuler wins a couple of challenges in the Brighton half and reverses a pass towards the edge of the area. Dunk sticks out a toe and the ball runs through to Sanchez.

13 min Trossard collects a loose ball on the edge of the area, shimmies infield and hits a rising drive that is pushed over by Henderson. Brighton are battering Forest here.

12 min “Re: why Brighton choose to play in Gillingham rather than Portsmouth,” begins Ryan Thomas. “They did actually announce Fratton as their temporary home ground but didn’t think to mention it to Portsmouth FC first, who were unsurprisingly underwhelmed.”

9 min Forest are struggling to get out of their third, never their half. Lallana works a short corner with Gross and crosses to the far post. A Forest defender can only head it square towards Webster (I think), who in turn screws a volley back across the penalty area. That was a chance.

7 min Brighton have started very confidently, with Trossard especially lively on the left.

Serge Aurier is in for a busy night against Leandro Trossard.
Serge Aurier is in for a busy night against Leandro Trossard. Photograph: Alastair Grant/AP

4 min “It’s only 45-50 miles of hard driving from Brighton to Portsmouth,” writes David C Hunter. “Maybe the Brighton management thought the West Sussex countryside was too nice for the players!”

Are you saying Gillingham isn’t nice? Who do you think you are, Peter Crouch?

3 min Gross angles a clever corner to the unmarked Mac Allister on the edge of the area. His first-time shot is blocked.

2 min Leandro Trossard is playing as a left wing-back for Brighton. Forest’s front three looks pretty fluid – as I type it’s Lingard left, Johnson central and Gibbs-White on the right.

1 min Peep peep! Brighton get the game under way.

“Quadrophenia, eh?” muses Justin Kavanagh. “Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi looks a rocker at heart with that slicked back hair and air of insouciant cool. Meanwhile, Steve Cooper could only be a mod with his zip-up tops and his look of sleepless nights spent burning through too much nervous energy.”

“I almost spat out my coffee when I read that Brighton were playing their home games in Gillingham in the late 90s,” says Matt Burtz. “The same Gillingham that’s [checks Google Maps] roughly 63 miles from Brighton? Sure, I don’t think Selhurst Park was the best option, but was that really the closest they could play?”

Lonely Brighton fans at their first game in Gillingham, back in 1997.
Lonely Brighton fans at their first game in Gillingham, back in 1997. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

I couldn’t even remember that it was called Division One rather than the Championship, so I’m not the best person to ask. There aren’t many league grounds in Kent and East Sussex though, so it’s probably not as weird as it sounds.

Crystal Palace v Wolves team news

One change for Palace, with Michael Olise replacing Jordan Ayew. Wolves bring in Nelson Semedo, Nathan Collins, Hugo Bueno and Boubacar Traore for Jonny, Tito, Rayan Ait-Nouri and Joao Moutinho.

Crystal Palace (4-1-4-1) Guaita; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Doucoure; Olise, Schlupp, Eze, Zaha; Edouard.
Substitutes: Goodman, Johnstone, Tomkins, Milivojevic, Ebiowei, Balmer, Riedewald, Ayew, Mateta.

Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-2-3-1) Sa; Semedo, Collins, Kilman, Bueno; Neves, B Traore; A Traore, Nunes, Podence; Costa.
Substitutes: Sarkic, Hwang, Moutinho, Mosquera, Guedes, Jonny, Ronan, Hodge, Campbell.

“What have Forest’s social media team been up to?” muses Matt Dony. “Did I miss the picture of Lingard keeping his chips away from some seagulls? Or was it something more esoterically ‘Brighton’? Squaring up to a donkey wearing a straw hat? Underpaying for some tat in The Lanes? Smashing The Levellers’ violins?”

Imagine if this, a-hem, culture had existed in the 1980s. “Brian, there’s no easy way of saying this: the social-media team are disappointed with your TikTok output.”

“We went to Brighton on bank holiday Monday but could not see any fights between mods and rockers, even after watching Quadrophenia the night before,” says Gordon Pittendrigh. “What is happening to the country?”

The game’s gone.

Bellboy! Photograph: Collection Christophel/Alamy

Pre-match reading

Here’s Will Unwin on Steve Cooper’s search for the S-word.

Brighton v Nottm Forest team news

Adam Lallana replaces Pervis Estupinan in the Brighton side, which probably means a switch to a back three.

Forest manager Steve Cooper continues the titration of his new squad, with three changes from the 1-0 defeat at Wolves. Serge Aurier, Orel Mangala and Jesse Lingard replace Harry Toffolo, Cheikhou Kouyate and Emmanuel Dennis. Lingard might be playing as a false nine.

Brighton (possible 3-4-2-1) Sanchez; Veltman, Dunk, Webster; March, Mac Allister, Caicedo, Trossard; Gross, Lallana; Welbeck.
Substitutes: Steele, Lamptey, van Hecke, Estupinan, Turns, Gilmour, Undav, Sarmiento, Enciso.

Nottingham Forest (possible 4-3-3) Henderson; Aurier, McKenna, Cook, Williams; Yates, Freuler, Mangala; Johnson, Lingard, Gibbs-White.
Substitutes: Hennessey, Biancone, Worrall, Toffolo, Boly, Kouyate, Awoniyi, Surridge, Dennis.

“Keep up, Rob,” says Adam Wilson. “Forest relegated Blackburn to the then (Endsleigh?) Division 1, not the Championship (rebranding happened in 2004-05).”

As always, I’m off to a flyer. Wait till you read my dissertation on the Coca-Cola Cup finals of the 1970s.


Good evening and welcome to the first part of your midweek treadmill session. It’s exhausting enough watching football these days, so relentless is the schedule, so spare a thought for the soft tissues of those who actually play it. There’s an almost full midweek programme in the Premier League, starting with two games tonight: Brighton v Nottingham Forest (7.30pm kick off), which we’ll be covering in full, and Crystal Palace v Wolves (8.15pm). We’ll have goal updates from that game at Selhurst Park, assuming there are any.

So, Brighton v Forest. It’s a could-do-with-winning fixture for both teams. Brighton are chasing their first win under Roberto De Zerbi, at the fourth attempt, though they have played pretty well in all three games so there’s no need for Frank de Boer to be trending. Forest would like their first away victory in the Premier League since 8 May 1999, when they went to Ewood Park and dragged Blackburn towards the Championship with them.

Brighton were homeless back then, playing their home games in Gillingham. They have become a model club, whose stability all promoted clubs would like to achieve. Forest are no exception.

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