Nottingham Forest 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • January 16, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton were outplayed from the first whistle to the last, as ten-man Wanderers were resoundingly beaten 3-0 at Nottingham Forest.

After an improved display at Hillsborough on Tuesday, Bolton couldn't have performed much worse and it all began with just 12 minutes on the clock when Nelson Oliveira fired home from the penalty spot after Ben Amos had been sent off to hauling down Jamie Ward inside the box.

Paul Rachubka, on for Josh Vela to take Amos' place in goal, was picking the ball out of his net again four minutes later, with Oliver Burke heading home from close range, while Forest completed the scoring seven minutes from time when Ward found space before slotting past a helpless goalkeeper.

Neil Lennon named an unchanged side to the one that was beaten at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, with the only alterations seeing Mark Davies and Stephen Dobbie take up places on the substitutes' bench instead of Shola Ameobi and the injured Zach Clough.

To put it kindly, Bolton were simply outclassed for the duration of the game. Robert Tesche scuffed an early shot wide of the target for the hosts, but, even with 10 minutes on the clock, it seemed only a matter of time until they took the lead.

Indeed, the deadlock was broken with 12 minutes played as Forest were awarded a penalty for a professional foul by Amos on Ward. Rachubka came on to stand between the sticks, with Vela the unfortunate player to be sacrificed, and his first action was to pick the ball out of his net as Oliveira slotted home from the spot.

That lead was doubled just a few moments later, as Ward's left-wing cross was powerfully headed beyond Rachubka by Burke - leaving Bolton staring a hammering in the face.

Wanderers' first chance arrived at the midway point of the half, as Wellington Silva fired over the crossbar following a neat move that also involved Liam Feeney, but it was a rare venture forward as Forest began to take control in midfield without really having the urgency to test the Trotters defence.

Ben Osborn should have added to the score shortly before the break, but he could only direct his shot wide after latching on to a cutback from Ward, before Rachubka had to be at his absolute best to keep out a volley from Ward in the closing stages of the half.

Ward came even closer inside two added minutes for stoppages, with a 30-yard volley clipping the top of the crossbar, as the two sides went in at the break with Forest holding a comfortable two-goal advantage.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, which began in positive fashion for the visitors, with Gary Madine close to making contact with a dangerous ball into the box from Silva.

Forest should have made it three with their first attack of the half, but Ward dragged his shot wide after being played through by Osborn, moments before Dean Moxey entered the referee's book for a late challenge on Oliveira.

Bolton's injury-jinx continued just after the hour, with David Wheater appearing to pull up with a hamstring injury which forced him to withdraw from the game. Neil Danns came on for the stricken defender and moved to right-back, with Rob Holding moving across to partner Dorian Dervite at centre-back.

Ward headed just wide midway through the half, as he rose highest to meet a cross from Eric Lichaj, before a goalmouth scramble at the other end failed to result in a goal as Forest cleared whilst under pressure from both Madine and Darren Pratley.

A looping header from Madine cleared the crossbar moments later, before the game began to slow as Forest regained possession in the middle of the park.

Rachubka was forced into making the save of the game with 10 minutes to go, as he tipped away a goalbound shot from Ward, but the Forest forward did get the better of the Bolton goalkeeper three minutes later as he found space inside the box to fire home and make the score 3-0 to the home side.

That would prove to be the final attacking act of the game, which was brought to a close with late substitutions for each side, as Wanderers' woes continue with heavy defeat at the hands of a former manager.

They remain rooted at the foot of the Championship table, three points adrift of Charlton Athletic - who were beaten 6-0 at Hull City - and seven from safety. Lennon's side play host to Milton Keynes Dons next Saturday, but attentions turn to the FA Cup on Tuesday when non-league Eastleigh make the long trip to Macron Stadium.

Nottingham Forest: de Vries, Lichaj, Mills, Mancienne, Jokic, O Burke (Mendes 90+1), Gardner, Tesche (Cohen 86), Osborn, Ward, Oliveira (Walker 70)
Subs Not Used: Wilson, Hobbs, Evtimov, O'Grady
Goals: Oliveira 12(pen), Burke 16, Ward 83

Bolton Wanderers: Amos, Holding, Dervite, Wheater (Danns 63), Moxey, Vela (Rachubka 12), Feeney, Trotter, Pratley, Silva (Woolery 88), Madine
Subs Not Used: Spearing, Davies, Casado, Dobbie
Booked: Moxey
Sent Off: Amos

Referee: Eddie Ilderton
Attendance: 18,465

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