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Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Nouha Dicko
Nouha Dicko has scored two league goals this season

Nouha Dicko hit his first Molineux Championship match-winner since May 2015 as Wolves edged to a narrow victory over Nottingham Forest.

Just seconds after home right-back Conor Coady had coolly cleared off the line from Britt Assombalonga, Wolves broke straight away down the right.

Andreas Weimann squared for Dicko to tuck home, before Forest's Danny Fox was sent off in stoppage time.

The hosts' fifth straight win leaves Forest two points clear of trouble.

Paul Lambert's Wolves are now a much healthier 11 points above the relegation zone with a game in hand on many of the teams below them, who have just six matches left to play.

A generally frustrating night could have turned out differently after Wolves were clearly hindered by the loss of record signing Helder Costa, who pulled out after aggravating an ankle injury in the pre-match warm-up, to be replaced by Dicko.

Assombalonga was close to scoring early on when he cut inside and tested Wolves keeper Andy Lonergan with a low right-foot shot saved at his near post.

Dicko then went close at the other end with a low left-foot shot just wide, while Ben Marshall sent a right-foot curler just past the post after the break.

Forest then seemed certain to break the deadlock when Wolves found themselves outnumbered. But, after a desperate tackle from Ivan Cavaleiro, the covering Coady got back to clear on the line - and Wolves rapidly made Forest pay for their profligacy.

Wolves went down the other end, Dicko slid in from close range for only his fourth goal of the season - and a theatrical Lambert leapt high in the air in his technical area to celebrate.

Forest substitute Jamie Ward had a hooked left-foot volley saved by Lonergan, who then made a desperate save to deny another of Forest's subs, Mustapha Carayol, in the last minute of stoppage time, after Fox was sent off for a second yellow card.

But Wolves hung on for the victory that all but ensures their Championship safety.

Wolves boss Paul Lambert told BBC Sport:

"We had a bit of a doubt over Helder Costa's ankle in the warm-up, so we made the late change.

"But we had every confidence that Nouha Dicko would do a good job for us. And Ivan Cavaleiro did well too. He's a big talent.

"When he gets the ball he's exciting, but he also did well for us when he tracked back to help stop them scoring. Conor Coady on the goal line was a big moment for us and then we showed how quickly we can break."

Forest boss Mark Warburton told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"It hurts to lose in that way. We had our best chance of the game, it falls sweetly for the goalkeeper and then, 10 or 12 seconds later, it's in the back of our net.

"They are the fine margins. Goals change games, as they say. And, at the end, there was another good chance for Muzzy, but I don't think we were at our best."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 21Lonergan
  • 16Coady
  • 6BatthBooked at 69mins
  • 30Hause
  • 2Doherty
  • 14Evans
  • 4EdwardsBooked at 76mins
  • 63Weimann
  • 50CavaleiroSubstituted forGibbs-Whiteat 67'minutes
  • 64MarshallSubstituted forSaissat 77'minutes
  • 9DickoSubstituted forBödvarssonat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Saville
  • 19Price
  • 22Bödvarsson
  • 27Saiss
  • 31Burgoyne
  • 55Gibbs-White
  • 60Williamson

Nottm Forest

  • 43Smith
  • 4Mancienne
  • 5Mills
  • 13FoxBooked at 90mins
  • 6Traore
  • 24Vaughan
  • 45BreretonSubstituted forVelliosat 79'minutes
  • 16Clough
  • 8Cohen
  • 11OsbornSubstituted forCarayolat 65'minutes
  • 9AssombalongaSubstituted forWardat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Lichaj
  • 15Tshibola
  • 18Carayol
  • 19Ward
  • 26Evtimov
  • 39Vellios
  • 41Cash
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
21,408

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Nottingham Forest 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Nottingham Forest 0.

Attempt saved. Mustapha Carayol (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) for a bad foul.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Conor Coady.

Attempt saved. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Morgan Gibbs-White.

Mustapha Carayol (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Andreas Weimann tries a through ball, but Jón Dadi Bödvarsson is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Zach Clough (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor Coady.

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Apostolos Vellios replaces Ben Brereton.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Nouha Dicko.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Romain Saiss replaces Ben Marshall.

Booking

David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Zach Clough (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kortney Hause.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Zach Clough.

Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andreas Weimann (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Andreas Weimann (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

Booking

Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.

Jordan Smith (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by David Vaughan.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Morgan Gibbs-White replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Mustapha Carayol replaces Ben Osborn.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Ward replaces Britt Assombalonga.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Nottingham Forest 0. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andreas Weimann following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by David Vaughan.

Attempt blocked. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Marshall.

Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

goal

As It Stood

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1Brighton40258767343383
2Newcastle39256872333981
3Reading40227115550573
4Huddersfield38225114744371
5Leeds402161352391369
6Sheff Wed401991251401166
7Fulham4017131069511864
8Preston4016131159481161
9Derby401611134640659
10Norwich39169146558757
11Aston Villa401512134239357
12Brentford40168166457756
13Barnsley401411155656053
14Cardiff401410165457-352
15Wolves39149165049151
16QPR40148184653-750
17Ipswich401116134248-649
18Birmingham401113164058-1846
19Burton391111174053-1344
20Nottm Forest40119205466-1242
21Bristol City40118215060-1041
22Blackburn40913184761-1440
23Wigan40810223249-1734
24Rotherham4045313390-5717
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