Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dorus de Vries says his wonder-save at Brighton will provide him with little consolation in defeat.The Dutchman made a fantastic one-handed stop to deny Tomer Hemed, who had headed the ball goalwards in the dying seconds of first-half stoppage time.
De Vries’ reactions ensured his side went into the break at 0-0, a scoreline manager Dougie Freedman admitted flattered his side at that point in the match.
But, shortly after the restart, Kazenga Lua Lua scored what turned out to be the winning goal.
Speaking after the match, de Vries said: “As a goalkeeper, you sometimes can’t recall how you do it. It was one of the better saves I’ve made, I think.
“It’s a great save at a crucial moment. It feels good if you can be important. But it doesn’t add up to the end result unfortunately.
“If it stayed 0-0 I would have a much better feeling about it.”
There was little de Vries could do to prevent Lua Lua’s winning strike and for the rest of the match the keeper could only watch on as his side desperately searched for an equalising goal.
He said: “In the end it’s disappointing. I feel a draw would have been a fair result.
“We had a good free-kick with Lansbury hitting the post. I thought it was going in. It was a great strike.
“We had a couple of half-chances, one with the long throw from Michail. Tyler headed it on and with a little bit of luck we may have scored. I don’t know if Dexter was pulled down. It seemed from my point of view he may have been.
“But it just wasn’t our night.”