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Nottm ForestNottingham Forest1WolvesWolverhampton Wanderers2

Nottingham Forest 1-2 Wolves

Bacary Sako
Sako won and scored the penalty after one of several dangerous runs

Benik Afobe scored 27 seconds into the second half as Wolves enhanced their play-off hopes with a clinical victory that all but ended Nottingham Forest's prospects of going up.

Former Arsenal striker Afobe opened the scoring with a fine low shot after an uneventful first half.

Forest had chances to level through Michail Antonio and Gary Gardner.

But Bakary Sako's penalty made it 2-0 and they held on despite an injury-time strike from Dexter Blackstock.

Forest barely had time to kick off after substitute Blackstock's goal but even a draw would have been little use for their already slim play-off hopes with the gap now standing at 11 points.

Young Gunner
Benik Afobe's second-half strike takes his tally to 28 for the season, and nine in 15 games for Wolves since joining from Arsenal in January.
He scored 19 goals in 30 games on loan at MK Dons earlier in the season, in League One, FA Cup, League Cup and Football League Trophy.
Only Harry Kane (29) has scored more goals in all competitions (including Europa League) in England's top four tiers this season than Afobe.

The result briefly lifted Wolves into the top six before Ipswich and Derby both earned a point in the later kick-offs to move back above them.

But Kenny Jackett's side will take great confidence from an impressive display against a side who had won all of their previous five home league games under manager Dougie Freedman.

A tight and tense first half saw neither side able to get on top or create noteworthy chances.

But Wolves took control in the teeming rain just after the interval when Forest hesitated in the centre of the pitch and Afobe was allowed to head towards goal and shoot unchallenged from outside the box to score his 28th goal of the season.

Antonio did waste a glorious opportunity to level, shooting into the side netting from 12 yards after a rare Wolves mix-up, while Gardner mis-kicked when well placed.

However, Wolves were the more threatening and composed, and Sako's spot-kick made it 2-0 after his clever run drew a needless sliding tackle from Henri Lansbury.

Blackstock's tidy finish brought hope in the fourth minute of injury time but there was only just time to kick off.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman:

"The difference was that Wolves took their chances when they came along. There was not a lot in it, they just took their chances when they came their way.

"When they scored just after half time, our team talk went out the window. But you have to take your chances against the top sides and we had plenty of them.

"Afobe made the difference, because he took his goal superbly."

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett:

"We just need to keep winning our games and not worry about other sides. It looks like the top eight will be involved now in the play-off race, although I don't know if Forest will have an opinion on that.

"We have to follow this win up with another against Leeds on Monday, there will be a big crowd at Molineux and we have to focus on that now.

"The mood is very determined, there is good focus among the players and we are keen to keep improving."

Nottingham Forest's Jamaal Lascelles and Wolves' Benik Afobe
Afobe's pace and power caused problems for Forest's defence throughout
Bacary Sako
Sako's spot-kick was his sixth goal in nine games

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1DarlowBooked at 71mins
  • 4Mancienne
  • 16LascellesBooked at 75mins
  • 6Wilson
  • 2Lichaj
  • 22GardnerBooked at 15mins
  • 27BurkeSubstituted forWalkerat 76'minutes
  • 10Lansbury
  • 38OsbornSubstituted forPatersonat 57'minutes
  • 18AntonioSubstituted forBlackstockat 83'minutes
  • 31Akpom

Substitutes

  • 13Fox
  • 21Paterson
  • 23Blackstock
  • 24Vaughan
  • 25Hobbs
  • 26Evtimov
  • 34Walker

Wolves

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Ikeme
  • 33Iorfa
  • 6Batth
  • 5Stearman
  • 3Golbourne
  • 7HenrySubstituted forvan La Parraat 67'minutes
  • 11McDonald
  • 19PriceBooked at 66mins
  • 10Sako
  • 40DickoSubstituted forEdwardsat 67'minutes
  • 12AfobeSubstituted forDohertyat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 4Edwards
  • 16Doyle
  • 17van La Parra
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 29Kuszczak
  • 30Hause
Referee:
Andy D'Urso
Attendance:
27,185

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Danny Batth.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Matt Doherty replaces Benik Afobe.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

  9. Post update

    Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Chuba Akpom (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  12. Post update

    Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Kelvin Wilson.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Dexter Blackstock replaces Michail Antonio.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Chuba Akpom (Nottingham Forest).

  17. Post update

    Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Chuba Akpom (Nottingham Forest).

  19. Post update

    Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Bakary Sako.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough40229960303075
2Bournemouth402111883414274
3Norwich402110977433473
4Watford402271180483273
5Brentford402161368531569
6Derby4019111071452668
7Ipswich4019111060441668
8Wolves4019111058461268
9Nottm Forest401512136356757
10Blackburn391412135150154
11Charlton401315124952-354
12Sheff Wed391314123640-453
13Leeds391410154347-452
14Cardiff391312144850-251
15Birmingham391214134556-1150
16Brighton401015154347-445
17Bolton39129184657-1145
18Huddersfield391111174867-1944
19Reading38128184261-1944
20Fulham40127215172-2143
21Rotherham40913184162-2140
22Millwall40812203565-3036
23Wigan40811213553-1835
24Blackpool39411243078-4823
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