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."

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