Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest: Andrew Omobamidele scores own goal as Roberto De Zerbi's side move up to eighth place
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Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest: Andrew Omobamidele scores own goal as Roberto De Zerbi's side move up to eighth place

Apr 5, 2024
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Nuno Espirito Santo launched an extraordinary attack on the state of Premier League refereeing while the disappointment of this defeat was still raw, even asking if there is a conspiracy designed to make sure Nottingham Forest drop down this season.

Brighton should have finished with 10 men after Jakub Moder sunk his studs into the ankle of Neco Williams in the second half. Referee Michael Salisbury showed only a yellow card for the nasty challenge, however, with VAR Craig Pawson failing to correct his colleague’s error in judgement.

Andrew Omobamidele’s own goal made sure Brighton secured the win. It left Forest wallowing in 17th as Espirito Santo channelled his inner Mario Balotelli in the aftermath, asking ‘why always us?’ as he used his press conference to say Howard Webb and the PGMOL can shove their apologies.

‘It is a red card,’ he said. ‘It is a serious mistake. It is week after week. We are in a tough position and we need respect. Period. Everybody is aware of the mistakes. I don’t know how many. I’m trying to be honest and trying to keep myself calm and be respectful. But it is enough.’

In a separate broadcast interview at the Amex Stadium, Espirito Santo asked: ‘What is going on? Someone wants to put us down?’

Brighton players celebrate after Nottingham Forest's Andrew Omobamidele's own goal

Brighton players celebrate after Nottingham Forest’s Andrew Omobamidele’s own goal

Omobamidele inadvertently turned the ball into his own net as Brighton took the lead

Omobamidele inadvertently turned the ball into his own net as Brighton took the lead

Brighton's coaching staff enthusiastically celebrated after the game following a tough mid-week result

Brighton’s coaching staff enthusiastically celebrated after the game following a tough mid-week result

Following the victory, Roberto De Zerbi's side have moved up to eighth place in the table

Following the victory, Roberto De Zerbi’s side have moved up to eighth place in the table

One of the most high-profile mistakes felt by Forest came the previous week when Liverpool were incorrectly awarded a drop-ball, only to go on to score their stoppage-time winner at the City Ground.

MATCH FACTS 

Brighton: Verbruggen 6.5; Veltman 7, Van Hecke 7, Dunk 7.5, Estupinan 7 (Julio 76); Baleba 7, Moder 7 (Enciso 76); Fati 7 (Lamptey 60, 6), Gross 7, Adingra 7 (Lallana 80); Ferguson 6 (Welbeck 60, 6.5)

Not used: Steele, Barco, Webster, Buonanotte 

Booked: Veltman, Moder, Fati, Lallana 

Goal: Omabamidele 20 (o.g.) 

Manager: Roberto De Zerbi 7

Nottingham Forest:  Sels 6; Williams 6, Omobamidele 5, Murillo 6, Toffolo 6; Dominguez 6 (Hudson-Odoi 72, 6), Danilo 6 (Sangare 61, 6), Yates 6 (Awoniyi 72, 6); Gibbs-White 5.5 (Kouyate 87), Wood 5, Origi 5 (Elanga 61, 6)

Not used: Turner, Boly, Felipe, Niakhate 

Booked: Williams, Omobamidele, Dominguez, Sangare 

Manager: Nuno Espirito Santo 5.5

Referee: Michael Salisbury 4

Attendance: 31,505

Espirito Santo continued: ‘Please someone tell me what is going on. Because why always us? 

‘What is going on? I arrived in England seven years ago. The referees were amazing. 

‘I understand that suddenly they lost a group of referees very strong, very experienced. 

‘Now there are new referees coming who need time and sympathy to become better. But we don’t have time.

‘What is going on? Why always us? Can someone in this room tell me they have a different view? It is so obvious, isn’t it? Now you know what is going to happen. In two days, they will apologise.’

If Luton can beat Bournemouth this Wednesday, Forest will fall into the Premier League’s drop zone. 

Yet regardless of the refereeing, Espirito Santo’s side cannot hide from the fact they did not create nearly enough chances at the Amex Stadium.

It was a little like watching Leicester last season – a team of talented players but lacking any semblance of chemistry.

 Forest hardly troubled a Brighton team still fragile from their 4-0 battering by Roma in the Europa League on Thursday.

‘I’m very happy with the reaction,’ manager Roberto De Zerbi said before adding on the reverse fixture against Roma: ‘We have to play a serious game and then we will see.’

Brighton dominated the first half, creating chances through Simon Adingra and Carlos Baleba while the delivery of Pascal Gross at set-pieces posed problems. It was from one of those situations that they scored the game’s only goal in the 29th minute.

Forest felt that Jakub Moder should have been sent off but he was only given a yellow card

Forest felt that Jakub Moder should have been sent off but he was only given a yellow card

Divock Origi had some inviting opportunities to score for Forest but was unable to do so

Divock Origi had some inviting opportunities to score for Forest but was unable to do so

Pervis Estupinan of Brighton looks to hold off Nottingham Forest's Anthony Elanga

Pervis Estupinan of Brighton looks to hold off Nottingham Forest’s Anthony Elanga

Morgan Gibbs-White attempts an overhead kick but Forest were unable to find the net

Morgan Gibbs-White attempts an overhead kick but Forest were unable to find the net

Gross hoped he had registered his 11th Premier League assist of the season but unfortunately, the statisticians will not count this one because his cross led to an own goal by Omobamidele.

It was in the second half when Forest finally showed some attacking intent. 

They wanted help from Salisbury and Pawson in the 66th minute when Moder lunged in on Williams. 

Every time you watched the replay, you winced, but Moder got away with it – prompting Espirito Santo to snap at the decisions he insists are damaging his team’s chances of staying up.

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