Joel Lynch scored a 94th-minute equaliser as Nottingham Forest earned a deserved point against 10-man Brighton.

On-loan striker Sam Vokes headed home Vicente's free-kick on 63 minutes - Brighton's first attempt on target.

Adlene Guedioura slammed a 25-yard strike against the post for the hosts before Brighton substitute Matthew Sparrow was shown a second yellow card.

Forest capitalised on their numerical advantage when defender Lynch poked home after a Dexter Blackstock flick.

It was the least Forest deserved after striking the woodwork three times and creating numerous chances.

Guedioura flashed wide from distance in the 21st minute before Andy Reid bent a free-kick round the wall but against a post.

That galvanised Forest, and Reid's hanging delivery was nodded just wide by Blackstock while a Guedioura volley was also narrowly off-target.

The visitors had struggled to fashion any chances but in Vicente they possessed the one player capable of creating an opportunity, and his set-piece led to the opening goal.

Vokes broke the offside trap and met the Spaniard's enticing cross with a firm header.

Forest refused to let their heads drop and Guedioura saw a fierce shot punched away by Peter Brezovan before rattling the woodwork.

After Blackstock's tame effort rolled against a post, Sparrow received a second caution for pulling back Guedioura.

The hosts struck at the death when a long ball into Brighton's box was flicked on by Blackstock and, after Brezovan flapped, Lynch pounced.

Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cotterill:

"Two things stood out for me - our team spirit to keep going and the supporters, who were magnificent.

"There was a connection today and the fans realised we played some fantastic football at times. They stayed with us right to the end and they got their rewards when we got the equaliser.

"The fans gave the team a standing ovation at the end - and it's what the players deserved."

Brighton manager Gus Poyet:

"We got lucky today but we need to do a lot better than that away from home. I'm happy to take the point and run home quickly!

"Although we didn't play well today, if we keep winning our home games and picking up a point away, we will make the play-offs.

"We needed more urgency in our play and we didn't take the responsibility we should have done to create things when we were on the ball.

"It was like we were on the pitch waiting for things to happen and that's not the way to win football matches."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Nott'm Forest

  • 01 Camp
  • 03 Cunningham (McGugan - 88' )
  • 04 Chambers Booked
  • 16 Gunter
  • 33 Lynch
  • 11 Reid
  • 19 Moussi
  • 22 Guedioura
  • 28 Majewski (Tudgay - 71' )
  • 12 McCleary (Miller - 82' )
  • 23 Blackstock

Substitutes

  • 21 Smith
  • 02 Wootton
  • 10 McGugan
  • 09 Miller
  • 20 Tudgay

Brighton

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 02 Mattock
  • 03 Greer
  • 05 Dunk Booked
  • 14 Calderon
  • 08 Navarro
  • 15 Vicente (Razak - 78' )
  • 25 LuaLua (Sparrow - 50' Dismissed after an earlier booking )
  • 26 Bridcutt Booked
  • 09 Barnes Booked
  • 24 Vokes (Agdestein - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 06 El-Abd
  • 10 Sparrow
  • 28 Razak
  • 23 Agdestein
Ref: Naylor
Att: 21,249

Match Stats

Shots

13 3

On target

5 2

Corners

8 0

Fouls

9 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:51 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:39

Dexter Blackstock provided the assist for the goal.

90:00 +3:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Joel Lynch - Nott'm For 1 - 1 Brighton Joel Lynch grabs a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Nottm Forest 1-1 Brighton.

90:00 +3:03

Joe Mattock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ishmael Miller. Andy Reid crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Peter Brezovan makes a save.

90:00 +0:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adlene Guedioura by Matthew Sparrow. Indirect free kick taken by Adlene Guedioura. Andy Reid produces a cross, Header on goal by Marcus Tudgay from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

90:00 +0:34 Dismissal

Dismissal Red card for Matthew Sparrow.

88:12 Substitution

Substitution (Brighton) makes a substitution, with Torbjorn Agdestein coming on for Sam Vokes.

87:43 Substitution

Substitution Lewis McGugan on for Greg Cunningham.

86:32

The ball is crossed by Greg Cunningham, save by Peter Brezovan.

84:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Greg Cunningham by Inigo Calderon. Free kick taken by Andy Reid.

84:05

Effort from close in by Dexter Blackstock hits the post. Corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid.

83:03

Andy Reid takes the inswinging corner, save by Peter Brezovan.

81:03 Substitution

Substitution Ishmael Miller on for Garath McCleary.

79:55

Unfair challenge on Chris Gunter by Ashley Barnes results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Gunter.

77:18 Substitution

Substitution Abdul Razak joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rodriguez Vicente.

74:35

Adlene Guedioura produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and hits the post.

71:43

Free kick crossed left-footed by Andy Reid from left wing, Peter Brezovan makes a save.

71:43 Booking

Booking Matthew Sparrow is booked.

71:31

Greg Cunningham fouled by Matthew Sparrow, the ref awards a free kick.

70:39

Lewis Dunk makes a clearance.

70:39 Substitution

Substitution Marcus Tudgay comes on in place of Radoslaw Majewski.

70:39

Corner taken by Andy Reid from the left by-line,

70:30

Garath McCleary produces a cross, save by Peter Brezovan.

68:55

Adlene Guedioura takes a shot. Save made by Peter Brezovan.

66:54

The ball is delivered by Andy Reid, save by Peter Brezovan.

65:04

Ashley Barnes is ruled offside. Lee Camp takes the indirect free kick.

64:25

Adlene Guedioura takes a shot. Save by Peter Brezovan.

63:27

Andy Reid produces a cross, clearance made by Inigo Calderon. Corner from left by-line taken by Andy Reid. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Andy Reid.

62:07

Assist on the goal came from Rodriguez Vicente.

62:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Sam Vokes - Nott'm For 0 - 1 Brighton Sam Vokes finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Nottm Forest 0-1 Brighton.

61:36

Joel Lynch concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Vokes. Rodriguez Vicente crosses the ball,

60:11

Chris Gunter fouled by Ashley Barnes, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Reid crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Lewis Dunk makes a clearance.

60:11 Booking

Booking Booking for Ashley Barnes for unsporting behaviour.

59:32

Unfair challenge on Garath McCleary by Ashley Barnes results in a free kick. Chris Gunter takes the free kick.

58:38

Dexter Blackstock is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Peter Brezovan.

52:26

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Rodriguez Vicente, Adlene Guedioura gets a block in.

52:26 Booking

Booking The referee shows Luke Chambers a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

52:20

Luke Chambers is adjudged to have handled the ball.

51:09

Liam Bridcutt challenges Adlene Guedioura unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Reid takes the direct free kick.

49:03 Substitution

Substitution Kazenga LuaLua goes off and Matthew Sparrow comes on.

49:03 Booking

Booking Liam Bridcutt is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

48:39

Liam Bridcutt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adlene Guedioura. Luke Chambers takes the indirect free kick.

47:27

Adlene Guedioura gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kazenga LuaLua. Direct free kick taken by Kazenga LuaLua.

46:49

Garath McCleary concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Mattock. Peter Brezovan takes the free kick.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:21 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +1:07

The ball is crossed by Kazenga LuaLua, blocked by Chris Gunter.

40:15

Radoslaw Majewski takes a shot. Lewis Dunk gets a block in. Andy Reid delivers the ball, Adlene Guedioura produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

38:52

Foul by Joel Lynch on Ashley Barnes, free kick awarded. Rodriguez Vicente crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Lee Camp.

37:02

The ball is swung over by Andy Reid, Header from close range by Dexter Blackstock misses to the right of the goal.

32:16

Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Andy Reid.

32:16 Booking

Booking Lewis Dunk goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

31:56

Lewis Dunk concedes a free kick for a foul on Guy Moussi.

31:03

Dexter Blackstock takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Mattock. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Andy Reid.

30:17

Headed effort from deep inside the area by Dexter Blackstock misses to the left of the goal.

28:48

Andy Reid sends in a cross, Peter Brezovan makes a save.

24:43

Foul by Garath McCleary on Kazenga LuaLua, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Rodriguez Vicente, Luke Chambers manages to make a clearance.

23:50

Rodriguez Vicente has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

23:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Mattock by Garath McCleary. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Mattock.

21:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rodriguez Vicente by Greg Cunningham. Free kick taken by Alan Navarro.

20:44

Adlene Guedioura has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the target.

19:56

Unfair challenge on Chris Gunter by Kazenga LuaLua results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adlene Guedioura.

13:53

Joe Mattock concedes a free kick for a foul on Garath McCleary. Free kick taken by Chris Gunter.

10:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Navarro on Guy Moussi. Indirect free kick taken by Lee Camp.

8:21

Foul by Guy Moussi on Alan Navarro, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Rodriguez Vicente, clearance made by Andy Reid.

7:23

Kazenga LuaLua sends in a cross, Chris Gunter makes a clearance.

5:27

The assistant referee signals for offside against Sam Vokes. Lee Camp takes the free kick.

2:38

Adlene Guedioura gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Inigo Calderon. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Brezovan.

1:52

Garath McCleary delivers the ball, Kazenga LuaLua gets a block in. Inswinging corner from right by-line crossed in by Andy Reid, clearance by Lewis Dunk.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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