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.
Owen Coyle Bolton manager
“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.
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."
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Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.90:00 +2:59
Dexter Blackstock concedes a free kick for a foul on Samuel Ricketts. Direct free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.90:00 +2:09
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Collins by Kevin Davies. Lee Camp takes the free kick.90:00 +1:04 Substitution
Substitution Lewis McGugan leaves the field to be replaced by Jonathan Greening.90:00 +1:04
The official flags Simon Cox offside. Adam Bogdan restarts play with the free kick.89:25
Shot from just outside the box by Andy Reid goes over the bar.87:39
Corner taken by Andy Reid, clearance made by Mark Davies.86:45
Andy Reid delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Kevin Davies makes a clearance.86:45 Booking
Booking Zat Knight goes into the book.86:32
Foul by Zat Knight on Simon Cox, free kick awarded.84:56
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Gillett by Mark Davies. Andy Reid restarts play with the free kick.83:57
Unfair challenge on Brendan Moloney by Chris Eagles results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Brendan Moloney.82:15
Unfair challenge on Simon Cox by Matt Mills results in a free kick. The ball is crossed by Lewis McGugan, Simon Cox has a headed effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.80:51 Substitution
Substitution Sam Hutchinson comes on in place of Adlene Guedioura.79:49
Corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid, Simon Cox has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.78:37
Foul by Adlene Guedioura on Benik Afobe, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Samuel Ricketts, clearance made by Danny Collins.78:08
Chris Eagles is caught offside. Simon Gillett restarts play with the free kick.77:06
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by Adlene Guedioura. Adam Bogdan takes the direct free kick.76:09
Free kick crossed right-footed by Lewis McGugan, Keith Andrews manages to make a clearance.76:09 Booking
Booking Tyrone Mears is booked.
Tyrone Mears gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Cox.74:14
Corner taken right-footed by Chung-Yong Lee from the right by-line, Zat Knight produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.71:33
Corner taken by Chris Eagles, Kevin Davies takes a shot. Save by Lee Camp.70:27
Brendan Moloney has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.68:58
Inswinging corner taken by Chris Eagles from the right by-line, Lewis McGugan manages to make a clearance.68:33
Kevin Davies takes a shot. Blocked by Greg Halford.67:20 Substitution
Substitution (Bolton) makes a substitution, with Benik Afobe coming on for Marvin Sordell.67:20
Dexter Blackstock fouled by Samuel Ricketts, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Collins restarts play with the free kick.66:39
Chris Eagles is ruled offside. Brendan Moloney takes the direct free kick.65:46
Tyrone Mears gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Cox. Free kick taken by Simon Gillett.65:16
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Eagles.63:48
The free kick is delivered right-footed by Chris Eagles from left channel, Danny Collins manages to make a clearance.63:48 Booking
Booking Booking for Adlene Guedioura for unsporting behaviour.63:15
Samuel Ricketts fouled by Adlene Guedioura, the ref awards a free kick.62:03
Lewis McGugan is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Tyrone Mears.60:59
Marvin Sordell produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.60:15
Chung-Yong Lee takes a shot. Save by Lee Camp.58:47
Header by Mark Davies from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.58:02
Foul by Keith Andrews on Dexter Blackstock, free kick awarded. Simon Gillett restarts play with the free kick.56:16
Simon Cox provided the assist for the goal.56:16 Goal scored
Goal! - Andy Reid - Bolton 2 - 2 Nott'm For A goal is scored by Andy Reid from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 2-2 Nottm Forest.54:42
Corner taken right-footed by Chris Eagles, Danny Collins manages to make a clearance.53:49
Dan Harding gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marvin Sordell. Direct free kick taken by Matt Mills.53:18
Andy Reid takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.52:25
Unfair challenge on Dexter Blackstock by Zat Knight results in a free kick. Lewis McGugan takes the free kick.51:38
Marvin Sordell produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.50:40
Adlene Guedioura has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.49:39
Shot from 18 yards by Andy Reid. Zat Knight gets a block in.48:19
Assist on the goal came from Kevin Davies.48:19 Goal scored
Goal! - Marvin Sordell - Bolton 2 - 1 Nott'm For Marvin Sordell finds the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 2-1 Nottm Forest.47:59
Dan Harding concedes a free kick for a foul on Marvin Sordell. Direct free kick taken by Keith Andrews.46:34
Danny Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Davies. Free kick taken by Keith Andrews.45:14
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marvin Sordell by Danny Collins. Chris Eagles produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Lee Camp makes a save.45:01
The second half has started.45:00 +2:07 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.45:00 +1:05
Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Eagles, Danny Collins manages to make a clearance.45:00 +1:05 Booking
Booking The referee shows Brendan Moloney a yellow card.45:00 +0:52
Brendan Moloney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Eagles.41:11
Corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee played to the near post, save by Lee Camp.40:46
Marvin Sordell takes a shot. Save by Lee Camp.38:47
The assist for the goal came from Kevin Davies.38:47 Goal scored
Goal! - Chris Eagles - Bolton 1 - 1 Nott'm For Goal scored by Chris Eagles from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 1-1 Nottm Forest.38:16
Kevin Davies has a headed effort at goal from close in that bounces off the post.36:07
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Mills by Dexter Blackstock. Zat Knight takes the direct free kick.33:37 Booking
Booking The referee shows Andy Reid a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.32:58
Andy Reid concedes a free kick for a foul on Marvin Sordell. Free kick taken by Zat Knight.32:28
Adlene Guedioura takes a shot. Save made by Adam Bogdan.31:58
Mark Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Gillett. Lewis McGugan restarts play with the free kick.30:52
Brendan Moloney fouled by Chris Eagles, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Collins restarts play with the free kick.29:20
Foul by Kevin Davies on Andy Reid, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Andy Reid.26:31
Foul by Zat Knight on Dexter Blackstock, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Simon Gillett.25:58
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Greg Halford. Direct free kick taken by Tyrone Mears.25:04
Kevin Davies produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.24:23
Dexter Blackstock concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Mills. Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.23:38
Outswinging corner taken by Chris Eagles.23:08
Chris Eagles takes a shot. Danny Collins gets a block in.20:21
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Eagles from the left by-line, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Matt Mills misses to the right of the target.19:27
Inswinging corner taken by Andy Reid.18:28
Simon Cox has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.14:18
Assist by Dexter Blackstock.14:18 Goal scored
Goal! - Lewis McGugan - Bolton 0 - 1 Nott'm For A goal is scored by Lewis McGugan from 35 yards. Bolton 0-1 Nottm Forest.13:05
The ball is swung over by Chris Eagles, save by Lee Camp.11:49
Samuel Ricketts produces a cross.10:38
Dexter Blackstock takes a shot. Adam Bogdan makes a save.9:48
Centre by Samuel Ricketts, save made by Lee Camp.7:19
Lewis McGugan takes a shot. Adam Bogdan makes a save.6:48
Outswinging corner taken by Andy Reid from the left by-line.5:13
Foul by Danny Collins on Marvin Sordell, free kick awarded. Keith Andrews takes the free kick.2:55
Adlene Guedioura produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.1:53
Mark Davies challenges Simon Gillett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Greg Halford.0:34 Booking
Booking Kevin Davies is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.0:26
Unfair challenge on Dan Harding by Kevin Davies results in a free kick. Lee Camp restarts play with the free kick.0:00
The match begins.
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