With Brighton & Hove Albion’s opponents for the 2015/16 Championship season now confirmed, the club’s media team will take a look at the Seagulls’ 23 opponents for the next campaign.
The 17th team to feature in our opposition focus series is Nottingham Forest.
LEAGUE POSITION: 14th
FA CUP: Third round
LEAGUE CUP: Third round
TOP GOALSCORER: Michail Antonio (15)
2014/15 SEASON REVIEW
Nottingham Forest experienced a disappointing 2014/15 campaign, which saw a change in manager midway through the season and a lacklustre 14th-place finish.
Forest made a superb start to the season after winning seven of their opening 10 games, including a 2-1 victory at champions Bournemouth.
However, their form faltered through October to December, with just two wins from 14 fixtures during this period.
They failed to show any signs of improvement going into the New Year, following an FA Cup third round exit at the hands of League One Rochdale and a 1-0 defeat to Millwall. The latter result cost Stuart Pearce his job after a run of six defeats in seven games.
Former Crystal Palace and Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman took over the reins and secured a 3-2 win at the Amex in his first game in charge.
But a poor end to the season ensured Forest ended the campaign on a low note after they failed to win any of their final eight games.
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Albion were narrowly defeated by Nottingham Forest at the Amex, as Dougie Freedman’s side overturned a 1-0 deficit to claim all three points.
The Seagulls took the lead in the 42nd minute, as the impressive Danny Holla's free-kick into the box was met by a glancing Lewis Dunk header which beat Forest keeper Karl Darlow.
However, Albion were pegged pack just two minutes later as Danny Collins headed the ball in off the post from Ben Osborn’s free-kick.
Forest struck again in the 63rd minute as a low free-kick was driven into the area and Henry Lansbury reacted quickest to convert an effort past David Stockdale.
They then made it 3-1 in the 86th minute, as Osborn slotted the ball past Stockdale from Chris Burke’s cross.
Beram Kayal came off the bench to make his Albion debut and then found the net with a superb glancing header from Kazenga LuaLua’s cross in the 89th minute, but Forest held on for all three points.
Albion line-up: Stockdale; Bruno, Greer, Dunk, Bennett; Holla (Kayal 85), Ince; Calderon (Best 66), Teixeira, March (LuaLua 19); O'Grady.
Subs not used: Walton (GK), Hughes, Forster-Caskey, Mackail-Smith.
Nottingham Forest line-up: Darlow; Lichaj, Hobbs, Collins, Fox; Burke, Gardner, Lansbury (Lascelles 89), Osborn; Assombalonga (Fryatt 80), Antonio.
Subs not used: de Vries (GK), Vaughan, Tesche, Paterson, Blackstock.
Dougie Freedman took his first managerial role at Crystal Palace initially on a caretaker basis in January 2011 following spells as the club’s reserve team manager and assistant manager.
He was appointed the new permanent boss later on in the month and subsequently saved the club from relegation into League One that season.
After a 17th-place finish in 2011/12, Freedman left in November 2012 to become the new Bolton Wanderers manager and the Trotters narrowly missed out on a play-off place during his first season in charge.
The following campaign was less successful, as the Lancashire outfit finish 14th and following a poor start to last season, his contract at the Macron Stadium was terminated in November 2014.
The Scot was appointed as the new Nottingham Forest boss on 1st February 2015, replacing Stuart Pearce in the hotseat.
Nottingham Forest will be eager to make a promotion challenge in the new season following a frustrating past 12 months at the City Ground.
Dougie Freedman will be looking to put his own stamp on the squad after Forest’s transfer embargo was lifted in February.
Former Albion loanee Greg Halford, Danny Collins and Dan Harding have all been released and strengthening in the defensive area looks likely.
Freedman will be attempting to balance the books as well as build a squad capable of challenging in the top half of the Championship next season, which has been further emphasised by Jamie Mackie’s free transfer to Queens Park Rangers.
He will be keen to keep hold of both Henri Lansbury and last season’s top scorer Michail Antonio, whose goals could be crucial if Forest are to improve on a disappointing showing in 2014/15.
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