Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman praised the response, energy and strength of his players in this evening’s match at Brighton.The Reds found themselves a goal down in the second half after Kazenga Lua Lua’s strike.
But Forest created a number of chances to equalise but were unable to beat Brighton keeper David Stockdale.
Speaking after the match, Freedman said: “I was disappointed with the first half. Although we hit the post and had a couple of counter attacks, I felt we were a little bit fortunate to go in 0-0 at half-time.
“We were disappointed with the goal, but I thought we gave a fantastic response. The players showed great energy and looked very strong.
“Opportunities were at a premium and I felt we had as fair a number as Brighton, but unfortunately we couldn’t take them.
“There wasn’t a lot in the game at all.” Forest’s cause was not helped by the loss of Robert Tesche just before half-time.
Freedman said: “It was a huge blow for us losing Robert, which looks to be a broken foot - the last thing we need at this particular moment. That did unsettle us.
“But it gives the opportunity to other players. We have Andy Reid coming back in three-four weeks, Chris Cohen in a couple of months and Ben Osborn next week.”