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Nottingham Forest 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Diogo Jota celebrates his goal for Wolves against Forest
Diogo Jota's strike just after the break was his fourth goal of the season

Diogo Jota grabbed a second-half double against Nottingham Forest to earn a win which takes Wolves up to second in the Championship table.

The on-loan Atletico Madrid midfielder slid in the opener from Ivan Cavaleiro's fine cross.

Substitute Mustapha Carayol levelled with an audacious shot from out wide that caught out keeper John Ruddy.

But Wolves remained sharper and more threatening in attack and Jota's cool strike on the break secured the points.

Leeds remain top on 17 points, ahead of Wolves and Cardiff on goal difference following the Welsh side's 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

The Molineux club, who have won five of their eight league games this season, were good value for their win despite not being at their best.

They created the better chances before the break, the best of which saw Leo Bonatini's close-range shot deflected wide by Joe Worrall after great approach play by left wing-back Ruben Vinagre.

Tame efforts by Daryl Murphy, Kieran Dowell and Liam Bridcutt were as good as the hosts could muster until Carayol saw Ruddy trying to sneak off his line in anticipation of a cross to make it 1-1.

But Jota exchanged passes with the impressive Bonatini to net his fifth goal of the season and consign Forest to a fourth defeat from their eight league games.

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton:

"The first half was a good game of football, it was a game of chess. We knew focus was important. At half-time we knew we had to come out and take care of the football.

"We knew that if we gave the ball away, they would punish us. And they did.

"There is no lack of work ethic, desire or commitment - but you cannot be loose. We were loose with the ball and we got punished for it.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo:

"We learned from the last game, there were no mistakes, we did not give very much away.

"This shows that we have character; this shows that we are growing.

"The team is getting better, we are growing and can get even better. The players enjoy themselves, but they also know they need to be very aggressive, we have to be consistent, we have to press, we have to react when we lose the ball."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 43Smith
  • 27Darikwa
  • 42Worrall
  • 5MillsBooked at 82mins
  • 6Traore
  • 7BridcuttBooked at 90mins
  • 11Osborn
  • 17BreretonSubstituted forWalkerat 86'minutes
  • 20DowellSubstituted forCarayolat 62'minutes
  • 10McKaySubstituted forCummingsat 71'minutes
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 2Lichaj
  • 13Fox
  • 18Carayol
  • 30Henderson
  • 31Bouchalakis
  • 34Walker
  • 35Cummings

Wolves

  • 21Ruddy
  • 6Batth
  • 16Coady
  • 25Miranda
  • 2Doherty
  • 27Saiss
  • 8Neves
  • 29VinagreSubstituted forDeslandesat 64'minutes
  • 7CavaleiroBooked at 56minsSubstituted forMarshallat 62'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 33BonatiniSubstituted forN'Diayeat 83'minutes
  • 18Jota

Substitutes

  • 4N'Diaye
  • 12Marshall
  • 19Price
  • 20Ronan
  • 26Enobakhare
  • 31Norris
  • 32Deslandes
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
25,756

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home4
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Matt Mills.

Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diogo Jota.

Booking

Liam Bridcutt (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Nottingham Forest).

Alfred N'Diaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Ben Marshall (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ben Marshall (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alfred N'Diaye.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Tyler Walker replaces Ben Brereton.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by John Ruddy.

Attempt saved. Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol with a cross.

Liam Bridcutt (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Alfred N'Diaye replaces Léo Bonatini because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Léo Bonatini (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Booking

Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Léo Bonatini.

Attempt blocked. Ben Marshall (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1. Mustapha Carayol (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from long range on the left to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Armand Traore.

Mustapha Carayol (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jason Cummings replaces Barrie McKay.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Liam Bridcutt tries a through ball, but Daryl Murphy is caught offside.

Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Ben Marshall (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Diogo Jota.

Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sylvain Deslandes (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Roderick Miranda (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Sylvain Deslandes replaces Rúben Vinagre because of an injury.

Delay in match Rúben Vinagre (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ben Marshall replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds85211431117
2Wolves8521138517
3Cardiff8521127517
4Preston843193615
5Ipswich7502128415
6Sheff Utd850386215
7Middlesbrough8422105514
8Bristol City83411510513
9Sheff Wed8341107313
10Nottm Forest84041113-212
11QPR83231212011
12Norwich8323812-411
13Aston Villa8242109110
14Fulham824287110
15Derby73131111010
16Millwall823311929
17Hull82241415-18
18Reading722367-18
19Burton8224615-98
20Barnsley7214811-37
21Sunderland8134712-56
22Brentford8044712-54
23Birmingham8116412-84
24Bolton8026416-122
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