The post-Graham Potter era at Brighton just couldn’t go on.
Making it just two points from four games under Potter’s successor, Roberto Di Zerbi, after a 0-0 draw at home to lowly Nottingham Forest left the Brighton fans roaring at full-time. Some joked.
For an unlikely attack-minded manager, De Zerbe tries to make his team dangerous.
Since the 3-3 draw in Italy’s opener – at Liverpool, no less – Brighton have played three games, had 54 shots and failed to score.
The south coast team were in fourth place when Potter left to join Chelsea. Now, it is in seventh and plays Manchester City and Chelsea in the next two weeks.
“It’s not the first time my team has played like this and we haven’t won,” said De Zerbi, who had a brief stint with Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in Italy for his work in replacing Sassuolo. It was widely appreciated.
“I don’t want to talk about whether it’s unfair or unfortunate… We shoot 20 times, we have more chances. We have to work in the last 20 meters to choose the best solution. We have to be in space. Attack well, to work on the last pass.
Forest were delighted with a draw that lifted Steve Cooper’s side from the bottom of the standings, one point above Leicester.
The Forest players stood in front of the far end and applauded their fans after watching at the Amex Stadium, restricting Brighton to half a dozen chances – one which saw Leandro Trussard hit the crossbar at first. The shot broke. half
After a bad start to the season when the forest was too open and too simple, Cooper made his team to be more strong and practical. Forest have drawn two of their last three games and conceded just two goals in that stretch.
“On the road we’re on, the main thing is to fight and show passion for the game plan,” Cooper said.
Crystal Palace beat Wolverhampton 2–1 in the next game, Wilfried Zaha scoring his fifth goal of the season in the 70th minute with the winner.
Adama Traore’s 31st-minute header for Wolves was denied by Palace playmaker Ibrechi Eze just a minute into the second half.
The win lifted Miles up to 10th place and left Wolves above the relegation zone.