Gerrard ensures Brighton stalemate
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Leon Knight saw a penalty saved by Paul Gerrard as Brighton were held to a draw.
Leon Knight saw a penalty saved by Paul Gerrard as Brighton were held to a goalless draw by Nottingham Forest.
Gary Megson's strugglers performed admirably but were indebted to Gerrard's spot-kick stop after only ten minutes.
Brighton started like a team full of confidence, as their recent results suggest, and managed early efforts through Paul Reid and Richard Carpenter.
Gerrard then hauled down Knight and was shown the yellow card by referee Paul Taylor. The former Chelsea striker stepped up to take the penalty himself but Gerrard made a superb one-handed save.
Knight then forced Gerrard into another stop and the former Everton keeper also frustrated Kerry Mayo before Forest found their feet.
Michel Kuipers became the busier of the two keepers with Andy Reid bringing the best out of the Albion shot-stopper on a number of occasions.
Kris Commons wasted one opening from a Marlon King centre and King later forced Kuipers into a smart save.
Gareth Taylor cleared a Guy Butters header off the line and Adam El-Abd was thwarted by Gerrard as Brighton sought in vain for a winner.
Kuipers sustained an injury late on and did not finish the game so Chris May became the third keeper celebrating a clean sheet at the end of a tense 90 minutes.
"It's something to build on, even though we're in February," Megson told Sky Sports News afterwards.
"It's huge. There's a lot of points for us to play for but it was huge two games ago and it doesn't get any easier.
"What we've got to do is play with honesty and, hopefully, keep clean sheets and start converting one or two chances.
"I don't know how many chances we had but if you add them to last week's 16 attempts, we've taken an awful lot of efforts to get one goal and certainly we have to improve on that."