Brighton settle for a point

Brighton and Nottingham Forest missed the chance to move into

the Championship play-off positions as they played out a 0-0 draw

at the Amex Stadium.

The Seagulls had plenty of opportunities to break the deadlock,

with Inigo Calderon – replacing the injured Bruno – almost marking

his return to the side with an early goal, only to see his shot

come back off the post.

Will Hoskins wasted a trio of chances and Brighton were almost

made to rue their failure in front of goal when Billy Sharp, who

brushed the crossbar, and Dexter Blackstock went close either side

of half-time.

Kazenga LuaLua, a 69th-minute change for Hoskins, and Will

Buckley almost netted winners late on in a second half starved of

chances, but goalkeeper Lee Camp was on top form to deny the

duo.

The stalemate leaves Gus Poyet’s side without a win in three

games now and one spot above ninth-placed Forest in the table.

The hosts almost opened their account in the eighth minute but

Calderon saw his left-footed shot from Craig Mackail-Smith’s

cutback hit the post.

Brighton went close again shortly afterwards when Hoskins shot

wide from six yards before Wayne Bridge drilled into the side

netting. Poyet’s outfit continued to dominate and Hoskins wasted

another two opportunities to net the opener, volleying and heading

over from crosses.

Camp had to be alert to tip over Calderon’s effort in the 39th

minute, but the Seagulls almost went behind on the stroke of

half-time when Sharp clipped the bar from Cohen’s cross.

The visitors started the second half like they finished the

first and were close to netting the opening goal as Blackstock

poked substitute Greg Halford’s cross wide.

Camp was on hand to save Calderon’s third effort, while Henri

Lansbury – a 59th-minute replacement for Adlene Guedioura – tested

Tomasz Kuszczak from 12 yards.

LuaLua almost found the all-important first goal nine minutes

from time when he collected the ball on the left and cut inside

before unleashing a shot which the diving Camp pushed to

safety.

Camp was then on hand to deny Buckley, who had burst through

after latching on to a Halford mistake.