“What have Forest’s social media team been up to?” muses Matt Dony. “Did I miss the picture of Lingard keeping his chips away from some seagulls? Or was it something more esoterically ‘Brighton’? Squaring up to a donkey wearing a straw hat? Underpaying for some tat in The Lanes? Smashing The Levellers’ violins?”
Imagine if this, a-hem, culture had existed in the 1980s. “Brian, there’s no easy way of saying this: the social-media team are disappointed with your TikTok output.”
“We went to Brighton on bank holiday Monday but could not see any fights between mods and rockers, even after watching Quadrophenia the night before,” says Gordon Pittendrigh. “What is happening to the country?”
The game’s gone.
Here’s Will Unwin on Steve Cooper’s search for the S-word.
Adam Lallana replaces Pervis Estupinan in the Brighton side, which probably means a switch to a back three.
Forest manager Steve Cooper continues the titration of his new squad, with three changes from the 1-0 defeat at Wolves. Serge Aurier, Orel Mangala and Jesse Lingard replace Harry Toffolo, Cheikhou Kouyate and Emmanuel Dennis. Lingard might be playing as a false nine.
Brighton (possible 3-4-2-1) Sanchez; Veltman, Dunk, Webster; March, Mac Allister, Caicedo, Trossard; Gross, Lallana; welbeck
Substitutes: Steele, Lamptey, van Hecke, Estupinan, Turns, Gilmour, Undav, Sarmiento, Enciso.
Nottingham Forest (possible 4-3-3) Henderson; Aurier, Cook, McKenna, Williams; Yates, Freuler, Mangala; Johnson, Lingard, Gibbs-White.
Substitutes: Hennessey, Biancone, Worrall, Toffolo, Boly, Kouyate, Awoniyi, Surridge, Dennis.
“Keep up, Rob,” says Adam Wilson. “Forest relegated Blackburn to the then (Endsleigh?) Division 1, not the Championship (rebranding happened in 2004-05).”
As always, I’m off to a flyer. Wait till you read my dissertation on the Coca-Cola Cup finals of the 1970s.
Good evening and welcome to the first part of your midweek treadmill session. It’s exhausting enough watching football these days, so relentless is the schedule, so spare a thought for the soft tissues of those who actually play it. There’s an almost full midweek program in the Premier League, starting with two games tonight: Brighton v Nottingham Forest (7.30pm kick off), which we’ll be covering in full, and Crystal Palace v Wolves (8.15pm). We’ll have goal updates from that game at Selhurst Park, assuming there are any.
So, Brighton v Forest. It’s a could-do-with-winning fixture for both teams. Brighton are chasing their first win under Roberto De Zerbi, at the fourth attempt, though they have played pretty well in all three games so there’s no need for Frank de Boer to be trending. Forest would like their first away victory in the Premier League since 8 May 1999, when they went to Ewood Park and dragged Blackburn towards the Championship with them.
Brighton were homeless back then, playing their home games in Gillingham. They have become a model club, whose stability all promoted clubs would like to achieve. Forest are no exception.