Andy Reid was on target as Nottingham Forest came from behind to earn a point against Bolton.
Lewis McGugan gave Forest a first-half lead when he smashed in from 30 yards after great work by Dexter Blackstock.
Bolton captain Kevin Davies saw his header hit the post, before Chris Eagles scored on the rebound.
“We grew into the game and played at a higher intensity, but we should have put the game to bed at 2-1. ”
Marvin Sordell slotted home
his first goal for Bolton
after the break, before Reid beat Adam Bogdan to maintain Forest's unbeaten start to the season.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle kept faith with the same starting XI that
defeated Derby 2-0
on Tuesday night, while Sean O'Driscoll's Forest were also unchanged following their
1-1 draw with Huddersfield.
Forest started brighter when Adlene Guedioura found himself unmarked and in acres of space, but he could only guide his effort over the bar.
McGugan then crossed for Blackstock, who was lurking at the back post, only to be thwarted by Matt Mills, who nearly turned the ball into his own net.
Bolton were made to pay for their lacklustre start when Blackstock found McGugan, who let fly with a curling effort into the top corner.
The goal spurred the Trotters into life with Eagles and Kevin Davies both going close to levelling.
And, with six minutes of the first half remaining, Sam Ricketts found Kevin Davies, whose bullet header rebounded of the post, only for Eagles to react quickest to rifle home the rebound.
Home is where the heart is
Andy Reid started his career at Nottingham Forest and is now back at the City Ground after spells at Tottenham, Charlton, Sunderland, Sheffield United (loan) and Blackpool.
Bolton again came close when Eagles picked out an unmarked Sordell, who saw Lee Camp tip his pinpoint header over the bar.
Minutes after the break, Coyle's men doubled edged in front when a mistake by Greg Halford let Kevin Davies through to tee up the lively Sordell to slot home.
But Forest were not finished, as Simon Cox found Reid, who curled the ball beyond the reach of Bogdan and into the back of the net.
Bolton dominated Forest as the match wore on, with Mills and substitute Benik Afobe seeing long-range efforts go high and wide, but Forest hung on for a deserved point.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle:
"We grew into the game and played at a higher intensity, but we should have put the game to bed at 2-1.
"My frustration is that we've gifted a soft second goal. Fair play to Andy Reid, though, because it was a great goal.
"We showed a lot of character but there is an element of frustration because we have terrific players who are pleasing on the eye, but we need to stop gifting goals."
Nottingham Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll:
"I'm pleased with the spirit. I think we lost our way in the first half and we tried to get to half-time without conceding, but it didn't happen.
"Both sides could have won. The game became like a five-a-side match when they could have scored and we could have scored.
"However, we were away from home and are in transition trying to formulate a team. There were both positives and negatives to take from the game."
- 01 Bogdan
- 02 Mears Booked
- 04 Mills
- 12 Knight Booked
- 18 Ricketts
- 07 Eagles
- 08 Andrews
- 16 M Davies
- 27 Lee
- 14 K Davies Booked
- 19 Sordell (Afobe - 68' )
- 24 Lonergan
- 03 Alonso
- 05 Ream
- 10 Petrov
- 11 Wylde
- 25 Vela
- 17 Afobe
- 01 Camp
- 03 Harding
- 05 Collins
- 15 Halford
- 18 Moloney Booked
- 04 Gillett
- 07 Guedioura Booked (Hutchinson - 81' )
- 10 McGugan (Greening - 90' )
- 11 Reid Booked
- 19 Cox
- 23 Blackstock
- 31 Evtimov
- 02 Hutchinson
- 16 Lascelles
- 14 Greening
- 28 Majewski
- 17 McGoldrick
- 27 Derbyshire