The first game of the Football League season saw Brighton take a deserved victory at home against Nottingham Forest at the American Express Stadium thanks to a solitary Kazenga LuaLua goal.
Both clubs underachieved last season as they finished in the lower half of the table and looked to make an instant impact. In an open game there could have been more goals but for both teams hitting the post in the first-half. Former Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury hit the outside of the framework with a free-kick in the 8th-minute. On the 23rd-minute Beram Kayal achieved the same feat as his low shot ricocheted off the foot of the post.
LuaLua, younger brother of Lomana, broke the deadlock as he shot low and hard across the the face of the goal from the left side of the penalty area on the 50th-minute.
Former Real Mallorca and Almeria striker Hamad was the one of two Brighton debutants, the other being left-back Gaten Bong. Likewise, Nottingham also had two debutants on show: defender Matt Mills and forward Jamie Ward. But they could not help new boss Dougie Freedman to a win, breaking Forests' three-game winning streak on the opening day of the season.