Nottingham Forest 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • August 17, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton were well beaten on Saturday afternoon, with Nottingham Forest running out 3-0 winners over ten-man Wanderers at the City Ground.

The hosts started brightly and went in front as early as the second minute, as Jamie Mackie beat the offside trap before slotting the ball beyond a stranded Adam Bogdan.

Andy Reid added a second within five minutes of the restart with a smartly taken volley, before Wanderers went down to ten men when Darren Pratley was shown a second yellow card just three minutes later for a late challenge on Chris Cohen.

Henri Lansbury completed a miserable afternoon for Dougie Freedman's side at the midway point of the second half, finding space at the far post to add a third with a diving header.

The result means the Trotters have picked up just two points from their opening three league games - their worst start to a season since 2009.

Following last weekend's 1-1 draw with Reading, Freedman made two changes to his side at the City Ground. In came Robert Hall and Craig Davies, with Jermaine Beckford dropping to the bench and David Ngog missing out entirely.

Wanderers started slowly and were punished with little more than 60 seconds on the clock, as Mackie put the hosts in front with his first Forest goal. The former Queens Park Rangers forward got inbetween Zat Knight and Alex Baptiste, timed his run perfectly and fired the ball across goal and into the bottom corner.

Bolton responded well and Davies was inches away from connecting with Pratley's low cross with seven minutes gone, while Baptiste tried mis-hit an ambitious volley after being teed-up by Jay Spearing.

Baptiste was involved again at the game approached the midway stage of the first half. This time, his curling cross was glanced just wide of the far post by Davies.

Mackie brought a comfortable stop out of Bogdan shortly afterwards, while a 35 yard strike from Medo Kamara flew well wide of the target.

Bolton came agonisingly close to equalising just after the half hour, as David Wheater rose highest to head a Spearing free-kick towards goal. The defender's attempt cannonned back off the crossbar, although the referee's assistant had already flagged for offside.

Hall fizzed a shot across the face of goal as the first-half drew to a close, before Medo, Pratley and Reid all joined Spearing in the referee's notebook after a number of late challenges were punished by the match official.

Despite trailing 1-0 at the break, Wanderers, like Forest, emerged unchanged at the start of the second period. Just like the first-half, however, the visitors conceded an early goal and were left with a big mountain to climb.

Radoslaw Majewski was allowed too much space by Marc Tierney down the Forest right and his low cross picked out an unmarked Reid, who volleyed first time past a helpless Bogdan from 12 yards.

Sensing victory was in the bag, Billy Davies' side immediately went in search of a third and it almost arrived 60 seconds later. A simple ball over the top saw Greg Halford outpace Wheater, but his shot came back off the post with Bogdan beaten.

After being let off the hook with Halford's misfortune, Baptiste cleared the ball to the halfway line. The ball found its way to Cohen, who was on the receiving end of a late challenge from Pratley. The referee initially allowed play to continue, before pulling the game back and showing the Wanderers midfielder a second yellow card.

Freedman reacted by introducing Beckford and Sanmi Odelusi for Davies and Hall, but the changes failed to have the desired impact. With 65 minutes played, Forest killed the game as a contest as Halford's cross from the right was headed into the net by a diving Lansbury.

Eric Lichaj curled a shot narrowly over the bar with 20 minutes to go, in what would prove to be the final attacking moment of the game. Forest went in search of a fourth but lacked that end product, whilst also being in no doubt that the three points would be going to the home side.

Defeat for Bolton leaves them lingering in 19th place in the Championship table, with recently relegated QPR the visitors to the Reebok Stadium next Saturday.

Nottingham Forest: Darlow, Lichaj, Wilson, Hobbs, Cohen, Halford (Miller 81), Guedioura, Lansbury (Abdoun 85), Reid, Majewski, Mackie (Derbyshire 76)
Subs Not Used: Harding, Collins, Paterson, de Vries
Booked: Reid
Goals: Mackie 2, Reid 50, Lansbury 65

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Baptiste, Knight, Wheater, Tierney, Kamara, Spearing, Hall (Odelusi 57), Chung-Yong, Pratley, C Davies (Beckford 57)
Subs Not Used: Mears, Ream, Moritz, Lonergan, Eaves
Booked: Spearing, Kamara, Pratley, Chung-Yong
Sent Off: Pratley

Referee: Mark Haywood
Attendance: 22,306

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9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
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