A last-gasp strike from Henri Lansbury secured Nottingham Forest
a point at home to Brighton as they drew 2-2 at the City Ground on
Billy Davies’ unbeaten return as Nottingham Forest manager was
preserved by an injury-time mistake from Brighton goalkeeper Casper
Forest were chasing a club record-equalling seventh straight win
but it looked like Davies would taste defeat for the first time in
eight games when Will Buckley put the visitors back in front with
five minutes remaining.
However, Ankergren, excellent until this point, allowed Henri
Lansbury’s shot to squirm beneath his body and the npower
Championship play-off rivals shared the points.
Brighton took the lead through Leonardo Ulloa’s 57th-minute
strike before substitute Lewis McGugan sparked the late drama with
Forest’s first equaliser in the 82nd minute.
Davies’ side stay fifth in the table but Albion leapfrog
Leicester and move up to sixth place.
Forest made a bright start as Lansbury played a neat one-two
with Simon Cox on the edge of the box before forcing Ankergren into
a parrying save after six minutes.
Darius Henderson kept Ankergren busy with a 15th-minute volley
and a couple of efforts either side of the half-hour mark. Radoslaw
Majewski was then denied by the Dane when he looked certain to
score from just six yards out.
Brighton were much better after the break with Ulloa cutting
infield from the left and curling a shot narrowly wide. Ulloa then
saw a volley headed off the line by Danny Collins after Forest
keeper Karl Darlow failed to hold Andrea Orlandi’s free-kick.
But the Argentine would not be denied a third time and when the
ball broke to him from the resulting corner he slotted in into the
back of the net from 12 yards out.
Darlow kept the hosts in the game midway through the second half
with a good save to keep out Matthew Upson’s header. Forest piled
on the pressure in search of an equalising goal. Cox flicked a shot
wide and another Henderson volley was repelled by Ankergren.
They made the breakthrough with eight minutes remaining when
McGugan squeezed a shot past Ankergren from a tight angle.
However, the hosts were level for just three minutes. Ulloa
controlled the ball on the penalty spot before laying it back to
Buckley who placed a low shot past Darlow.
Billy Sharp missed a glorious opportunity to equalise when
Ankergren blocked his close-range effort and it looked like their
chance had gone but a speculative 25-yard shot from Lansbury
somehow found its way into the net.