Bolton Wanderers 0-3 Nottingham Forest

  • October 24, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton have now won just once in their last 10 games, after they were brushed aside 3-0 by Nottingham Forest at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Forest, without a league win in the town since November 1978, broke the deadlock through Joe Lolley's 12th minute strike and they could have doubled their advantage shortly after the break, only for Lewis Grabban to see a penalty saved by Ben Alnwick.

Grabban was to have the last laugh, though, making amends for his miss by slotting home on 64 minutes, before winning and converting another spot-kick seven minutes fro m time to seal a comfortable victory for Aitor Karanka's side.

Having made five changes for the weekend draw at Rotherham United, Phil Parkinson made a further four alterations ahead of kick-off - bringing Andrew Taylor, Josh Vela, Yanic Wildschut and Craig Noone into the action.

They were dealt a major blow in the warm-up, however, with Pawel Olkowski dropping out due to a stomach virus, allowing Mark Little to step up for his first league appearance since the final day of last season.

With the action underway, it was Bolton who created the first shooting opportunity as Wildschut cut in from the left-hand side before seeing a shot from 20 yards narrowly clear Costel Pantilimon's crossbar.

Those in attendance didn't have to wait too long to see the opening goal, although the majority of those weren't in a celebratory mood as it was Forest who found the net.

Picking up possession inside his own half, Lolley advanced into the final third and exchanged passes with Grabban before firing high into the top corner of Alnwick's goal.

Wanderers hit back and came close to an equaliser when Wildschut bent a shot wide on 20 minutes, shortly before Josh Magennis rolled an effort of his own past the post after he got on the end of a pass from Joe Williams.

Noone was next to try his luck for the hosts, forcing Pantilimon into a save for the first and only time, while Lolley brought Alnwick into action at the other end as Forest looked to double their advantage, but they were made to settle for just the one goal as the half drew to a close.

Wanderers returned for the start of the second period with one change, as Clayton Donaldson was brought on in place of Wildschut to occupy a place on the left-hand side.

He came close to equalising within five minutes of the restart, with a first-time cross from Williams narrowly evading the outstretched bodies of both Donaldson and Noone at the far post.

Little sliced an effort wide from the edge of the box as he got on the end of a corner from Vela, moments before he conceded a penalty at the other end for a sliding challenge on Grabban.

The Forest forward took responsibility for the spot-kick himself only to be thwarted by Alnwick, who guessed correctly to make the save down to his left.

Alnwick was alert to parry a goalbound effort from Lolley wide just before the hour, but he was beaten on 64 minutes as Grabban made amends for his earlier penalty miss.

Latching on to a through ball from Joao Carvalho, Grabban worked himself a yard of space ahead of David Wheater before slotting into the far corner to make it 2-0.

Carvalho had the ball in the net midway through the half, only to be denied by an offside flag and shown a yellow card by referee Andy Davies for kicking the ball away.

Magennis and Grabban came close at either end, with neither managing to affect the scoreline any further, while Williams volleyed over the top for Bolton after he got on the end of a lay-off from Erhun Oztumer.

The scoring wasn't over for the evening, however, as Grabban was tripped by Alnwick with seven minutes to play - allowing him to convert from the penalty spot for his second of the evening.

That sparked a mass exodus from the University of Bolton Stadium, and those who remained saw no further chances as the Trotters were booed off the field at the full-time whistle.

Wanderers remain 18th in the Championship table after their latest defeat. They hover four points clear of the relegation zone, ahead of Saturday's visit of Hull City.

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Taylor (Doidge 75), Hobbs, Wheater, Little, Lowe (Oztumer 69), J Williams, Vela, Wildschut (Donaldson 45), Noone, Magennis
Subs Not Used: Matthews, Murphy, Wilson, Dyer
Booked: Lowe

Nottingham Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Figueiredo, Dawson, Robinson, Colback, Guedioura, Dias (Cash 68), Carvalho (Soudani 80), Lolley (Osborn 86), Grabban
Subs Not Used: Steele, Watson, Janko, Hefele
Booked: Figueiredo, Carvalho
Goals: Lolley 12, Grabban 64,83(pen)

Referee: Andy Davies
Attendance: 13,195

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Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Rochdale 34 36
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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Who is Bolton's 2018/19 Player of the Year?
34.62% Gary O'Neil
19.38% David Wheater
18.92% Pawel Olkowski
9.27% Joe Williams
5.33% Jason Lowe
4.13% Sammy Ameobi
2.85% Josh Magennis
2.75% Mark Beevers
1.19% Jack Hobbs
1.01% Ben Alnwick
0.28% Andrew Taylor
0.28% Craig Noone