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Final Score: Albion 0 Forest 0

15 December 2012

Match updates from the Amex, as Albion take on Nottingham Forest...

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Final Score: Albion 0 Nottingham Forest 0

MATCH UPDATES

FT:
Finishes all square here at a sodden Amex. Neither side able to find that finishing touch but both sides created chances.

85: Magnificent save from Camp to deny Buckley a repeat performance of last season's late winner. Buckley opts for height and power but his effort is brilliantly tipped over.

82: Late drama in this fixture last season when Will Buckley grabbed a 90th minute winner. Are we in for late drama today?

81: Albion substitute Kazenga LuaLua forces Camp to push the midfielder's low right footed drive around his near post.

66: The rain is absolutely hammering down on the Amex but the action on the pitch has gone a bit quieter after a frantic opening hour. However Forest substitute Henri Lansbury tries a low drive from the edge of the area that is comfortably held by Kuszczak.

54: A deep free kick from the right wing from David Lopez reaches Hoskins at the back post but the striker fails to get a meaningful connection.

47: Forest were the last to threaten before the break and the first to threaten after with Dexter Blackstock whistling a close range shot just past the post.

HT: A similar story to many games at the Amex this season. Albion dominant but unable to find the finishing touch so far although Forest have had their own openings. Goalless at the break.

45+2: After all Albion's dominance it is the visitors who nearly take a lead into half-time. Chris Cohen's low cross is flicked onto the bar with Tomasz Kuszczak beaten.

44: Mackail-Smith cuts in from the left wing but drags his shot wide.

38: It has been Albion asking the most questions in this first half and once more Gus Poyet's side come close. Calderon's fierce left footed effort is tipped over by Camp.

32: This time Hoskins turns provider as he plays Mackail-Smith through but Albion's top scorer flashes his shot just wide.

24: Hoskins has third chance but again fails to find the target as he heads over, and the Seagulls are almost punished immediately as Billy Sharp tees up Andy Reid but the midfielder fires over.

20: Yet another opportunity and Buckley the provider again. The winger's header across goal is volleyed over by Hoskins.

18: Another effort on goal from Albion as Will Buckley slides in Wayne Bridge but the former England international's shot hits the stanchion behind the goal.

11: Andrew Crofts plays the ball across the Nottingham Forest box but Will Hoskins is unable to turn the ball in from close range.

08: Albion come close early on with Inigo Calderon striking the base of Lee Camp's left hand post.

01: Underway here at the Amex for the first of two home games in four days.

TEAM NEWS

Albion boss Gus Poyet makes three changes to the side that drew 2-2 at Charlton Athletic last Saturday, which includes a start for David Lopez.

The Spaniard makes the starting XI for the first time since the trip to Wolves and replaces Stephen Dobbie in midfield.

Andrew Crofts also returns to the Albion midfield at the expense of Dean Hammond, while Inigo Calderon replaces Bruno who misses out this afternoon.

Forest boss Sean O’Driscoll makes four changes to the side that beat Burnley 2-0 last weekend.

In midfield Guy Moussi, Chris Cohan and Adlene Guedioura return to the starting XI, while Lewis McGugan, Henri Lansbury and Simon Gillett all drop to the bench.

Daniel Ayala also returns to the Forest defence in place of Elliott Ward, who also drops to the bench.

Former Albion defender Dan Harding starts left-back.

TEAM

Albion: (4-3-3) Kuszczak; Calderon, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge; Bridcutt (Hammond 84), Crofts, Lopez (Barnes 77); Buckley, Mackail-Smith, Hoskins (LuaLua 70). Subs Not Used: Brezovan (GK), Dunk, Harley,  Dobbie.

Nottingham Forest: (4-4-2) Camp; Hutton, Collins, Ayala, Harding (Halford 46); Reid, Moussi, Guedioura (Lansbury 59), Cohen; Blackstock, Sharp. Subs Not Used: Darlow (GK), McGugan, Gillett, Majewski, Ward.

Referee: Graham Salisbury

Yellow Cards: Reid, Halford (Nottingham Forest)

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