Nottingham Forest player ratings v Brighton: Matt Mills and Jack Hobbs impress despite defeat

Matt Mills and Jack Hobbs impress for Nottingham Forest despite a 1-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Nottingham Forest started their Championship season in defeat, with Kazenga Lua Lua scoring the only goal in the game as Brighton and Hove Albion went away 1-0 winners. 

Brighton dominated the possession in the game, but Forest did have their chances to put the ball in the net and on another day could have found themselves coming away with all three points.  

The defensive duo of Matt Mills and Jack Hobbs deserved the praise they got for their performance, despite the defeat. However, the one dimensional attacking play, which largely landed on the shoulders of Michel Antonio creating something out of nothing, showed why Dougie Freedman needs to go back to the drawing board. 

Player Ratings:

Dorus de Vries - 7

Eric Lichaj - 5, Matt Mills - 8, Jack Hobbs - 7, Danny Fox - 6

Robert Tesche - 6, Henri Lansbury - 7, Michael Mancienne - 6

Michel Antonio - 7, Dexter Blackstock - 6, Jamie Ward - 6

David Vaughan - 6, Tyler Walker - 7, Jamie Paterson - 6


De Vries, Mills and Hobbs can be happy with their performances on the night. However, the same can't be said about Lichaj and Fox. 

Lichaj, who was lucky to remain on the pitch after a dangerous tackle in the first half, was targeted as the weak point in the Forest defence and Lua Lua was able to get the better of him on more than one occasion - including for the goal that separated the two sides at the end. 

Lansbury and Antonio were able to showcase their ability on a handful of occasions, proving themselves to be Forest's best attacking outlets, but unfortunately failed to add a goal or two to their names.

Lansbury came closest, hitting the post with a well-struck free-kick, but it wasn't to be their day as the impressive Tyler Walker and Jamie Paterson failed to turn the game in their favour late on. 

The focus now turns to the home game against Rotherham on Saturday as anything other than a win is likely to cause unease among supporters. 

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