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Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Nottingham Forest

Assombalonga scored his first goals for Forest following a club record move from Peterborough this summer

Striker Britt Assombalonga twice brought Nottingham Forest level as they shared the points from a Championship draw at Bolton Wanderers.

Joe Mason headed Bolton ahead inside four minutes but Assombalonga's close-range finish cancelled out the lead.

David Wheater slotted home to restore the hosts' advantage before Assombalonga equalised from the spot.

Forest then dominated but Craig Davies could have won it for Bolton had his late header not gone over the bar.

The stalemate ensured that Stuart Pearce retained his unbeaten record since returning to Forest as boss, while Dougie Freedman saw his Bolton side collect their first point of the season against his former club.

The Trotters went ahead when a free-kick from Jay Spearing was powered home by debutant Mason but needed Adam Bogdan's double save to deny Matty Fryatt an equaliser.

Assombalonga's first goal for Forest, coming from a Chris Burke cross and Michail Antonio knock-down, restored parity but Wanderers took just two minutes to again move in front.

David Wheater had an easy finish inside the six-yard box after Danny Fox made a mess of his attempt to clear.

Forest's record signing Assombalonga then grabbed his second to again level, picking himself up to score from the spot after he was felled by Spearing.

Fryatt's deflected effort was well saved by Bogdan at the end of the first half, and Assombalonga's glancing header from Antonio's cross went wide as he sought a hat-trick after the break.

Andy Reid's shot sailed just over as Forest chased a third win, while Bolton rued Davies' late miss as the two sides finished level.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

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Freedman on Bolton v Forest

"I thought it was a very good attacking display by two teams and a good advertisement for the Championship.

"I felt a fair result was a draw. We played against a very good team who have spent a bit of money but I didn't think there was a lot in the game."

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce:

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Pearce on Bolton v Forest

"With our attacking play we probably deserved to win. We gifted Bolton the first goal, let alone the second, with a poor defensive hash up.

"We have some real talent in the team and some real endeavour as well so I am really pleased with what I have seen so far.

"In all honesty if we play to the best of our ability I will always come away disappointed we haven't won a game."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 1Bogdan
  • 2McNaughton
  • 5Ream
  • 4MillsBooked at 90mins
  • 31Wheater
  • 44KamaraSubstituted forPratleyat 66'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 6SpearingBooked at 37mins
  • 27Lee Chung-yong
  • 18DannsSubstituted forTrotterat 70'minutes
  • 9Mason
  • 28DaviesSubstituted forBeckfordat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Feeney
  • 10Beckford
  • 14Dervite
  • 17Trotter
  • 21Pratley
  • 24Lonergan
  • 35Wilkinson

Nottm Forest

  • 1Darlow
  • 13Fox
  • 25Hobbs
  • 17Hunt
  • 3Harding
  • 8Cohen
  • 11Reid
  • 27C BurkeSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 90'minutes
  • 18AntonioSubstituted forLichajat 86'minutes
  • 7FryattSubstituted forVeldwjikat 90+2'minutes
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 2Lichaj
  • 14Veldwjik
  • 21Paterson
  • 29de Vries
  • 30McLaughlin
  • 37Grant
  • 38Osborn
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
15,753

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home9
Away20
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away10
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Nottingham Forest 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Nottingham Forest 2.
Attempt missed. Lars Veldwjik (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris Cohen.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Lars Veldwjik replaces Matty Fryatt.

Booking

Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers).
Attempt blocked. Jack Hunt (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Reid.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Stephen McLaughlin replaces Chris Burke.
Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Tim Ream tries a through ball, but Jermaine Beckford is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Jermaine Beckford replaces Craig Davies.
Attempt missed. Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Hunt with a cross.
Attempt missed. Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eric Lichaj with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Eric Lichaj replaces Michail Antonio.

Booking

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Jack Hunt (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).
Attempt blocked. Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kevin McNaughton.
Attempt missed. Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin McNaughton with a cross.
Foul by Daniel Harding (Nottingham Forest).
Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.
Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from long range on the right is just a bit too high. Assisted by Chris Burke following a corner.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tim Ream.
Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).
Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Craig Davies tries a through ball, but Joe Mason is caught offside.
Offside, Nottingham Forest. Andy Reid tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.
Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).
Attempt blocked. Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Liam Trotter replaces Neil Danns.
Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).
Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).
Kevin McNaughton (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Darren Pratley replaces Medo.
Foul by Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest).
Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) with an attempt from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kevin McNaughton.
Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Matt Mills tries a through ball, but Craig Davies is caught offside.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kevin McNaughton.
Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jay Spearing.
Attempt blocked. Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Reid.
Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).
Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Michail Antonio with a cross.
Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Lee Chung-Yong.
Attempt blocked. Joe Mason (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Spearing.
Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.
Attempt blocked. Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Mason with a cross.
Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Tim Ream tries a through ball, but Neil Danns is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Reid.
Hand ball by Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest).

Second Half

Second Half begins Bolton Wanderers 2, Nottingham Forest 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Nottingham Forest 2.
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