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Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Nottingham Forest

By Gary SmeeBBC Sport
Dexter Blackstock
Dexter Blackstock joined Nottingham Forest from QPR in 2009

Dexter Blackstock's late goal earned Nottingham Forest a point at Wolves, who have gone more than two months without a win at Molineux.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell powerfully nodded home Jordan Graham's superb free-kick to give Wolves an early lead.

Forest's Chris O'Grady had a goal ruled out for offside in the first half.

Clear-cut chances remained few and far between after the break before substitute Blackstock volleyed home Henri Lansbury's corner.

Kevin McDonald almost snatched victory for the hosts five minutes from time with a stinging volley from the edge of the box which was bravely headed clear by Daniel Pinillos.

It was an often tense and edgy atmosphere in front of a home crowd who have not seen Wolves win since 3 October.

However, local boy Ebanks-Landell gave Kenny Jackett's men the ideal start when he rose highest to head in the impressive Graham's pinpoint cross after 15 minutes.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell
Ethan Ebanks-Landell heads in to put Wolves in front

Forest, who struggled to show a sustained attacking threat, created their first chance when a jinking run from Nelson Oliveira set up O'Grady to tap home, but the striker was a couple of yards offside.

Wolves dominated the opening stages of the second half as Ebanks-Landell headed another fine Graham corner wide, but they were made to pay for not extending their advantage.

Blackstock, who had only come onto the pitch moments earlier, stole in at the far post to clinically finish past Carl Ikeme.

Wolves remain 14th in the Championship having drawn four of their past five games, while Forest stay in 15th.

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett:

"The performance was good and if you are looking at the last five games we haven't lost any - but we have only won one and drawn four.

"The effort of the players was very good and at times there was some quality football as well.

"But ultimately we are frustrated because we want wins and the gap between one point and three is costing us at the moment.

"We don't feel we are far away. We are not a poor side but we need to find that edge to put sides away and capitalise on when we do have the lead."

Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman:

"I was very proud of this performance tonight because it is something we have been developing, coming back from setbacks.

"We showed resilience when we had to because I thought Wolves gave it a right good go in the middle part of the game.

"The reason that we got a well-deserved point was because we started with a lot of confidence in the first 15 or 20 minutes, when I think they scored against the run of play.

"Then in the last 15 minutes we really showed that energy and aggressiveness which got us a fair result. So I come away from here very pleased with how we played."

Ethan Ebanks-Landell
It was Ebanks-Landell's first goal of the season
Kenny Jackett
Kenny Jackett has not seen Wolves win at Molineux since a 3-0 victory against Huddersfield
Nottingham Forest
Forest ended a run of four straight away defeats

Line-ups

Wolves

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ikeme
  • 18Iorfa
  • 6Batth
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 3Golbourne
  • 19PriceBooked at 17mins
  • 11McDonaldBooked at 31mins
  • 7Henry
  • 4Edwards
  • 24Graham
  • 29Le FondreSubstituted forAfobeat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 10Afobe
  • 12J Wallace
  • 13McCarey
  • 16Coady
  • 25Byrne
  • 27Holt

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1de Vries
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Mills
  • 4MancienneBooked at 41mins
  • 31Pinillos
  • 15Mendes da GraçaSubstituted forBlackstockat 78'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10LansburyBooked at 55mins
  • 24Vaughan
  • 38OsbornSubstituted forWilliamsat 77'minutes
  • 17OliveiraBooked at 88mins
  • 29O'GradySubstituted forWardat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 18Trotter
  • 19Ward
  • 20Williams
  • 23Blackstock
  • 25Hobbs
  • 26Evtimov
  • 32Tesche
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
20,000

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

    Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Daniel Pinillos.

  6. Booking

    Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  10. Post update

    Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Daniel Pinillos.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Benik Afobe replaces Adam Le Fondre.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Scott Golbourne.

  16. Post update

    Jordan Graham (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Nottingham Forest 1. Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Henri Lansbury with a cross following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nélson Oliveira.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton19118027161141
2Middlesbrough19123429121739
3Derby19107226111537
4Hull19105428131535
5Burnley199732619734
6Cardiff197842218429
7Sheff Wed197842522329
8Birmingham198472522328
9Ipswich197752827128
10Brentford198472625128
11Reading197662622427
12Blackburn206952218427
13QPR197572425-126
14Wolves206772525025
15Nottm Forest206682020024
16Fulham195773133-222
17Leeds195771822-422
18Preston194961516-121
19Huddersfield194691928-918
20MK Dons1944111526-1116
21Bristol City193791832-1416
22Charlton1944111732-1516
23Rotherham2043132236-1415
24Bolton191991428-1412
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