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Nottingham Forest 3-2 Bolton Wanderers

Joe Worrall
Young defender Joe Worrall signed a new long-term deal with Forest in October

Joe Worrall scored his first senior goal as Nottingham Forest bounced back from successive defeats to beat Bolton.

Barrie McKay turned in Tyler Walker's low ball from close range to put Forest ahead, but Will Buckley headed Bolton level from Josh Vela's cross.

Worrall pounced on a loose clearance to smash home and Liam Bridcutt put Ben Brereton clear to make it 3-1.

Aaron Wilbraham set up a nervy finale as he reduced the arrears with a deflected finish in stoppage time.

Walker's early goal proved a good omen for the hosts who have won every time they have scored the opener this season.

But aside from Jak Alnwick turning Walker's shot around the post, Bolton grew into the game, albeit without threatening Jordan Smith's goal until Buckley's equaliser.

Gary Madine and Vela had golden chances to put Wanderers in front after the break as they chased a first Championship away win in 36 attempts, but both headed off-target when unmarked.

Mark Warburton's side took advantage of their let-offs and looked comfortable for most of the second half, but were still made to sweat at the death as Wilbraham almost carved out a last-gasp equaliser.

Forest, who made it four wins in their past five home matches, move up two places to 11th, while Bolton's second defeat in 10 leaves them 21st and above the bottom three on goal difference.

Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton:

"We have spoken in the dressing room about how we can deal with games like this better. You have to stand up and fight, but you also have to do what you do well.

"We got drawn into a physical battle and we went a little too direct. Other teams are better than us, when we try to play that kind of game, that is something we must improve on.

"There are no easy games in this division. They are very good at what they do. You have to stand up, but our back four did that, we did that as a team. It is difficult, but you have to deal with it."

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson:

"We nearly got back in it at the end, so we are hugely disappointed not to have got something.

"I thought a lot of our play was great today but the second goal was the key moment that changed it; that changed the course of the game.

"We are absolutely disappointed that we did not get all three points, never mind one. We have been punished by the third goal, when we had gone three at the back to chase it and left ourselves a little more open."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 43Smith
  • 4Mancienne
  • 42Worrall
  • 5MillsBooked at 32mins
  • 2Lichaj
  • 7BridcuttBooked at 90mins
  • 11OsbornSubstituted forBouchalakisat 63'minutes
  • 34Walker
  • 20Dowell
  • 10McKaySubstituted forCarayolat 63'minutes
  • 9MurphySubstituted forBreretonat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Cash
  • 16Clough
  • 17Brereton
  • 18Carayol
  • 19Ward
  • 30Henderson
  • 31Bouchalakis

Bolton

  • 13Alnwick
  • 2LittleSubstituted forWilbrahamat 88'minutes
  • 32Burke
  • 5Beevers
  • 15RobinsonBooked at 30mins
  • 21PratleySubstituted forNooneat 80'minutes
  • 24HenryBooked at 87mins
  • 10Ameobi
  • 6Vela
  • 11BuckleySubstituted forArmstrongat 70'minutes
  • 14Madine

Substitutes

  • 3A Taylor
  • 12Noone
  • 16Cullen
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 20Armstrong
  • 31Wheater
  • 33Howard
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
22,882

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 3, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Foul by Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest).

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

Goal!

Own Goal by Joe Worrall, Nottingham Forest. Nottingham Forest 3, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Attempt missed. Aaron Wilbraham (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Mark Beevers with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Karl Henry (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Liam Bridcutt (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest).

Aaron Wilbraham (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Mustapha Carayol (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andreas Bouchalakis.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 3, Bolton Wanderers 1. Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Bridcutt.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Aaron Wilbraham replaces Mark Little.

Foul by Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest).

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

Booking

Karl Henry (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Karl Henry (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Tyler Walker (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Liam Bridcutt.

Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ben Brereton replaces Daryl Murphy.

Attempt missed. Reece Burke (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Craig Noone replaces Darren Pratley.

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

Foul by Mark Beevers (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Foul by Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Adam Armstrong replaces William Buckley.

Hand ball by Reece Burke (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Foul by Mark Little (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Mustapha Carayol replaces Barrie McKay.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Andreas Bouchalakis replaces Ben Osborn.

Foul by Joe Worrall (Nottingham Forest).

Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

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