Nottingham Forest continued their fine start as they eased past 10-man Bolton to earn a third Championship win in a row and go top of the table.

Jamie Mackie set the hosts on their way after just two minutes, sweeping the ball across goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.

Andy Reid made it 2-0 from close range after the break following good work by Radoslaw Majewski.

And, after Darren Pratley was sent off for two yellow cards, Henri Lansbury's stooping header completed the scoring.

An injury crisis up front forced Forest to play Greg Halford as a makeshift striker.

But the re-jig made little difference and Forest were well in control and on course to inflict a first league defeat of the season on Bolton by the time Pratley was dismissed on 53 minutes.

Polish midfielder Majewski provided the creative spark when he sent Mackie through and the £1m summer signing from QPR coolly slotted the ball home.

Forest's fine start

Nottingham Forest last picked up nine points from nine at the start of a season in the Championship in 1997. They last last won their first three fixtures of a league campaign in 2006 in League One.

Both full-backs, Chris Cohen and Eric Lichaj, then went close for the hosts, while Bolton then had their best spell of the game with a Craig Davies header and a Rob Hall shot just off-target.

Referee Mark Haywood could easily have sent off Mohamed Kamara for a two-footed lunge but instead cautioned the Bolton man.

Pratley was yellow-carded for elbowing Adlene Guedioura and Forest's Reid was only cautioned for angrily reacting to being tugged back by Marc Tierney.

But after Reid made it 2-0 with an emphatic finish from six yards following more fine work by Majewski, Bolton were reduced to 10 men.

Pratley lunged in late on Cohen and Haywood, who initially played the advantage, went back to show a second yellow and a subsequent red.

Twelve minutes later, the contest was all but wrapped up as Lansbury dived low to head in at the far from Mackie's teasing cross.

Lichaj and Mackie both had opportunities to add to the scoreline but Bolton, who had drawn both their previous league games, did at least avoid further misery.

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies:

"I thought we played very well, but do not be kidded, there are still plenty of points to play for.

"We have made a good start. But what does that mean? There is a long way to go. I am too long in the tooth to know anything else, other than that there is still a lot of work to do.

"We have still got to gel this team together, we have new players to introduce. We will keep encouraging them to do the right things.

"I am pleased with the performance, I am pleased with the result - it was a big test against a club that is not long out of the Premier League. They still have parachute payments, they still have a good squad and they still have a big wage bill.

"We are delighted with the three points, we are delighted with the clean sheet - but there is a long way to go."

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

"In the second half, the sending off made it difficult for us - but was a sending off. It was always going to make it difficult for us, playing against a side who are probably one or two players away from being in the top two.

"Darren is a great guy, he is fully committed - and I ask that from my players, so I am not going to criticise. It is a strong crowd here and maybe the occasion got to him, but I have no complaints. It was a sending off, but that is not the kind of guy he is.

"We were 3-0 down after little more than an hour, but my players did not give in. That is not the kind of statement that is going to make headlines, I know -but it will make me feel a little bit better.

"This is Nottingham Forest's day and we will move on. Forest made a strong start and only gained confidence from that.

"We have to draw a line under this and not look too much into things. This just was not our day. Once we were 2-0 down and down to 10 men, it was always going to be difficult."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Nott'm Forest

  • 01 Darlow
  • 02 Lichaj
  • 08 Cohen
  • 22 Wilson
  • 25 Hobbs
  • 07 Guedioura
  • 10 Lansbury (Abdoun - 85' )
  • 11 Reid Booked
  • 15 Halford (Miller - 81' )
  • 12 Mackie (Derbyshire - 76' )
  • 28 Majewski

Substitutes

  • 29 De Vries
  • 03 Harding
  • 05 Collins
  • 39 Abdoun
  • 17 Miller
  • 21 Paterson
  • 27 Derbyshire

Bolton

  • 01 Bogdan
  • 12 Knight
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 23 Tierney
  • 31 Wheater
  • 06 Spearing Booked
  • 11 Hall (Odelusi - 57' )
  • 27 Lee Booked
  • 44 Medo Booked
  • 21 Pratley Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 28 C Davies (Beckford - 57' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Lonergan
  • 02 Mears
  • 05 Ream
  • 14 Moritz
  • 10 Beckford
  • 32 Eaves
  • 38 Odelusi
Ref: Haywood
Att: 22,306

Match Stats

Shots

12 7

On target

4 2

Corners

8 3

Fouls

7 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:23 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +1:36

Mohamed Medo has an effort at goal. Karl Darlow safely holds on.

90:00 +0:34

Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Reid.

86:52

Eric Lichaj takes the free kick.

86:26 Booking

Booking

86:26

The referee cautions Chung-Yong Lee for unsporting behaviour.

86:20

Eric Lichaj fouled by Chung-Yong Lee, the ref awards a free kick.

84:16 Substitution

Substitution Djamel Abdoun joins the action as a substitute, replacing Henri Lansbury.

83:42

Corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee from the left by-line.

82:05

Shot comes in from Andy Reid from the free kick which clears the target.

81:38

Mohamed Medo concedes a free kick for a foul on Adlene Guedioura.

80:33 Substitution

Substitution Ishmael Miller on for Greg Halford.

78:39

Corner from the left by-line taken by Chung-Yong Lee.

77:35

Andy Reid has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

76:50

Clearance by Jermaine Beckford.

76:45

Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Reid.

75:31 Substitution

Substitution (Nottm Forest) makes a substitution, with Matt Derbyshire coming on for Jamie Mackie.

74:47

Clearance by Jay Spearing.

74:43

Corner taken by Andy Reid from the right by-line.

73:10

Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.

72:54

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jamie Mackie.

71:26

Eric Lichaj takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

71:10

Andy Reid takes the free kick.

70:51

Foul by David Wheater on Greg Halford, free kick awarded.

70:09

Free kick taken by Jay Spearing.

69:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Henri Lansbury on Sanmi Odelusi.

68:04

Greg Halford manages to make a clearance.

67:57

Corner taken by Jay Spearing.

67:07

Free kick taken by Zat Knight.

66:52

The referee blows for offside against Greg Halford.

64:49

Assist on the goal came from Greg Halford.

64:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Henri Lansbury - Nott'm For 3 - 0 Bolton Henri Lansbury heads the ball into the goal. Nottm Forest 3-0 Bolton.

64:14

Clearance by David Wheater.

64:09

Corner taken by Andy Reid.

63:38

Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.

63:13

Jamie Mackie is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

62:29

Shot by Adlene Guedioura went harmlessly over the bar.

62:15

Corner taken by Andy Reid.

61:39

Corner taken by Andy Reid.

60:24

Jamie Mackie takes a shot and went wide right of the target.

58:05

Clearance made by Zat Knight.

57:59

Andy Reid produces a cross.

57:42

Karl Darlow restarts play with the free kick.

56:58 Substitution

Substitution Sanmi Odelusi on for Robert Hall.

56:28 Substitution

Substitution Jermaine Beckford joins the action as a substitute, replacing Craig Davies.

56:16

The referee blows for offside against Craig Davies.

55:52

Adlene Guedioura takes a weak shot and went wide of the right hand post.

52:47 Dismissal

Dismissal

52:47

Darren Pratley receives a red card for second bookable offence.

52:05

Greg Halford takes a shot and bounced off the post.

51:04

Header at goal by Darren Pratley misses left of the target.

50:40

Darren Pratley takes a shot. Jack Hobbs gets a block in.

49:25

Assist on the goal came from Henri Lansbury.

49:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Reid - Nott'm For 2 - 0 Bolton Andy Reid scores with their left foot. Nottm Forest 2-0 Bolton.

45:37

Zat Knight takes the free kick.

45:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Pratley by Chris Cohen.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +3:51 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +3:43

Adam Bogdan restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +3:05

Andy Reid is cautioned.

45:00 +3:05 Booking

Booking

45:00 +2:48

Andy Reid gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mohamed Medo.

45:00 +2:18

Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +2:10

Corner from the right by-line taken by Andy Reid.

45:00 +1:15

Darren Pratley is shown a yellow card.

45:00 +1:15 Booking

Booking

45:00 +1:09

Unfair challenge on Adlene Guedioura by Darren Pratley results in a free kick.

44:37

Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.

44:31

Andy Reid takes the free kick.

43:54

Handball decision goes against David Wheater.

39:45

Corner from the left by-line taken by Andy Reid.

37:46

Andy Reid restarts play with the free kick.

36:54

Mohamed Medo is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

36:54 Booking

Booking

36:50

Foul by Mohamed Medo on Andy Reid, free kick awarded.

35:42

Shot by Robert Hall went wide right of the post.

33:27

The ball is swung over by Marc Tierney.

32:19

Karl Darlow takes the free kick.

32:04

The referee blows for offside.

31:54

Jay Spearing restarts play with the free kick.

30:34

Henri Lansbury challenges Robert Hall unfairly and gives away a free kick.

24:52

Mohamed Medo takes a shot and went wide of the right hand upright.

23:32

Free kick taken by Karl Darlow.

23:25

The referee blows for offside.

22:54

Jamie Mackie takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Adam Bogdan catches the ball.

22:37

Clearance by David Wheater.

22:32

Eric Lichaj delivers the ball.

22:20

Zat Knight makes a clearance.

22:12

Eric Lichaj crosses the ball.

21:03

Header by Darren Pratley misses right.

20:52

Alex Baptiste delivers the ball.

19:48

Clearance by Henri Lansbury.

19:42

Robert Hall crosses the ball in from the free kick.

19:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adlene Guedioura on Darren Pratley.

18:41

Free kick taken by Karl Darlow.

17:36

The referee shows Jay Spearing a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

17:36 Booking

Booking

17:28

Foul by Jay Spearing on Andy Reid, free kick awarded.

16:27

Robert Hall crosses the ball.

15:40

Alex Baptiste has an effort at goal. Karl Darlow blocks the ball.

15:10

Robert Hall takes the free kick.

14:53

Henri Lansbury concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Tierney.

11:42

Eric Lichaj takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.

9:47

Henri Lansbury restarts play with the free kick.

9:35

Marc Tierney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Greg Halford.

7:20

The official flags Jamie Mackie offside.

6:30

Centre by Darren Pratley.

4:36

Robert Hall takes the free kick.

4:27

Eric Lichaj gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Pratley.

1:26

Radoslaw Majewski provided the assist for the goal.

1:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Jamie Mackie - Nott'm For 1 - 0 Bolton Jamie Mackie slots the ball right footed into the goal. Nottm Forest 1-0 Bolton.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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