Striker Britt Assombalonga twice brought Nottingham Forest level as they shared the points from a Championship draw at Bolton Wanderers.

Joe Mason headed Bolton ahead inside four minutes but Assombalonga's close-range finish cancelled out the lead.

David Wheater slotted home to restore the hosts' advantage before Assombalonga equalised from the spot.

Forest then dominated but Craig Davies could have won it for Bolton had his late header not gone over the bar.

The stalemate ensured that Stuart Pearce retained his unbeaten record since returning to Forest as boss, while Dougie Freedman saw his Bolton side collect their first point of the season against his former club.

The Trotters went ahead when a free-kick from Jay Spearing was powered home by debutant Mason but needed Adam Bogdan's double save to deny Matty Fryatt an equaliser.

Assombalonga's first goal for Forest, coming from a Chris Burke cross and Michail Antonio knock-down, restored parity but Wanderers took just two minutes to again move in front.

David Wheater had an easy finish inside the six-yard box after Danny Fox made a mess of his attempt to clear.

Forest's record signing Assombalonga then grabbed his second to again level, picking himself up to score from the spot after he was felled by Spearing.

Fryatt's deflected effort was well saved by Bogdan at the end of the first half, and Assombalonga's glancing header from Antonio's cross went wide as he sought a hat-trick after the break.

Andy Reid's shot sailed just over as Forest chased a third win, while Bolton rued Davies' late miss as the two sides finished level.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

Freedman on Bolton v Forest

"I thought it was a very good attacking display by two teams and a good advertisement for the Championship.

"I felt a fair result was a draw. We played against a very good team who have spent a bit of money but I didn't think there was a lot in the game."

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce:

Pearce on Bolton v Forest

"With our attacking play we probably deserved to win. We gifted Bolton the first goal, let alone the second, with a poor defensive hash up.

"We have some real talent in the team and some real endeavour as well so I am really pleased with what I have seen so far.

"In all honesty if we play to the best of our ability I will always come away disappointed we haven't won a game."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Bolton Wanderers

  • 01 Bogdan
  • 02 McNaughton
  • 05 Ream
  • 04 Mills Booked
  • 31 Wheater
  • 44 Kamara (Pratley - 66' Booked )
  • 06 Spearing Booked
  • 27 Lee Chung-yong
  • 18 Danns (Trotter - 70' )
  • 09 Mason
  • 28 Davies (Beckford - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Feeney
  • 10 Beckford
  • 14 Dervite
  • 17 Trotter
  • 21 Pratley
  • 24 Lonergan
  • 35 Wilkinson

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Darlow
  • 13 Fox
  • 25 Hobbs
  • 17 Hunt
  • 03 Harding
  • 08 Cohen
  • 11 Reid
  • 27 Burke (McLaughlin - 90' )
  • 18 Antonio (Lichaj - 86' )
  • 07 Fryatt (Veldwjik - 92' )
  • 09 Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 02 Lichaj
  • 14 Veldwjik
  • 21 Paterson
  • 29 de Vries
  • 30 McLaughlin
  • 37 Grant
  • 38 Osborn
Ref: Eddie Ilderton
Att: 15,753

Match Stats

Shots

9 20

On target

2 7

Corners

2 10

Fouls

14 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Nottingham Forest 2.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Nottingham Forest 2.

90:00 +2:57

Attempt missed. Lars Veldwjik (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris Cohen.

90:00 +1:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Lars Veldwjik replaces Matty Fryatt.

90:00 +0:53 Booking

Booking Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +0:45

Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:45

Foul by Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers).

90:00 +0:24

Attempt blocked. Jack Hunt (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Reid.

89:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Stephen McLaughlin replaces Chris Burke.

89:15

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Tim Ream tries a through ball, but Jermaine Beckford is caught offside.

88:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Jermaine Beckford replaces Craig Davies.

87:48

Attempt missed. Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Hunt with a cross.

86:22

Attempt missed. Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eric Lichaj with a cross.

85:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Eric Lichaj replaces Michail Antonio.

84:54 Booking

Booking Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:46

Jack Hunt (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:46

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

84:12

Attempt blocked. Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

82:46

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kevin McNaughton.

80:02

Attempt missed. Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin McNaughton with a cross.

78:59

Foul by Daniel Harding (Nottingham Forest).

78:59

Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

77:59

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

76:18

Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from long range on the right is just a bit too high. Assisted by Chris Burke following a corner.

75:52

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tim Ream.

74:47

Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:47

Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

72:39

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Craig Davies tries a through ball, but Joe Mason is caught offside.

71:03

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Andy Reid tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

70:47

Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:47

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

70:31

Attempt blocked. Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

69:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Liam Trotter replaces Neil Danns.

69:07

Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:07

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

68:49

Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

68:49

Kevin McNaughton (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:56

Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:56

Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

65:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Darren Pratley replaces Medo.

64:49

Foul by Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest).

64:49

Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:23

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) with an attempt from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross following a corner.

64:01

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kevin McNaughton.

62:39

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Matt Mills tries a through ball, but Craig Davies is caught offside.

60:14

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kevin McNaughton.

59:28

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross following a corner.

58:55

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jay Spearing.

58:51

Attempt blocked. Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Reid.

58:03

Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:03

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

56:52

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Michail Antonio with a cross.

55:17

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Lee Chung-Yong.

53:51

Attempt blocked. Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Spearing.

51:56

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

51:46

Attempt blocked. Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Mason with a cross.

49:59

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Tim Ream tries a through ball, but Neil Danns is caught offside.

48:57

Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Reid.

45:21

Hand ball by Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest).

45:00

Second Half begins Bolton Wanderers 2, Nottingham Forest 2.

45:00 +2:23 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Nottingham Forest 2.

45:00 +0:52

Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Chris Cohen.

44:34

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jay Spearing.

42:34

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Jay Spearing tries a through ball, but Joe Mason is caught offside.

41:11

Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:11

Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

40:12

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kevin McNaughton.

39:14

Attempt saved. Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Harding.

38:20

Hand ball by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

36:43 Booking

Booking Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

36:28

Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:28

Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).

34:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bolton Wanderers 2, Nottingham Forest 2. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

33:54

Penalty Nottingham Forest. Britt Assombalonga draws a foul in the penalty area.

33:54

Penalty conceded by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) after a foul in the penalty area.

32:25

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

32:25

Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:44

Attempt missed. David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a cross following a corner.

30:15

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Chris Cohen.

28:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bolton Wanderers 2, Nottingham Forest 1. David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Neil Danns with a headed pass.

27:30

Foul by Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest).

27:30

Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Nottingham Forest 1. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michail Antonio with a headed pass.

23:06

Attempt blocked. Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tim Ream.

20:19

Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

20:19

Medo (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:04

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Cohen.

18:23

Dangerous play by Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest).

18:23

Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:05

Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:05

Foul by Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers).

16:33

Attempt saved. Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

16:30

Attempt saved. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Hunt with a cross.

16:04

Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:04

Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

12:01

Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

12:01

Daniel Harding (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:20

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Daniel Fox tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

6:54

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Craig Davies tries a through ball, but Lee Chung-Yong is caught offside.

5:45

Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross.

5:27

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Matt Mills.

4:39

Attempt missed. Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Medo.

3:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Nottingham Forest 0. Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a cross following a set piece situation.

2:24

Foul by Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest).

2:24

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:49

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tim Ream.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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