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Nottingham Forest 4-1 Bolton Wanderers

Dougie Freedman
Forest have won three and drawn one of Dougie Freedman's four games in charge

Nottingham Forest made it 10 points from a possible 12 in the Championship under new boss Dougie Freedman as they thrashed his former club Bolton.

Freedman, who left Bolton in October, saw Chris Burke and Michail Antonio fire his side into an early 2-0 lead.

Adam Le Fondre reduced the deficit from the spot after Zach Clough was fouled.

But after Bolton had Matt Mills sent off for a second booking, Henri Lansbury's penalty made it 3-1 before Burke added his second with a low shot.

Forest's victory lifted them to ninth in the table, but 12 points adrift of a play-off spot, while Bolton slip to 18th.

And current Wanderers boss Neil Lennon had more to concern him than the result after seeing both keeper Andy Lonergan and defender Tim Ream carried off with injuries, resulting in former England striker Emile Heskey being pressed into service in central defence.

Dougie Freedman's changing fortunes
Last four games at BoltonFirst four games at Forest
20 Sep 2014: Wolves 1-0 Bolton7 Feb 2015: Brighton 2-3 Forest
24 Sep 2014: Chelsea 2-1 Bolton11 Feb 2014: Forest 3-0 Wigan
27 Sep 2014: Bolton 0-2 Derby14 Feb: Blackpool 4-4 Forest
1 Oct 2014: Fulham 4-0 Bolton21 Feb: Forest 4-1 Bolton

Forest had not scored in the first 30 minutes of a game since mid-September but found themselves 2-0 up inside 17 minutes.

First Burke capitalised on a slip by Filip Twardzik to force a fine save from Lonergan, before driving the rebound into the roof of the net.

And Antonio doubled the lead when he fired a rising shot past Lonergan after a twisting run that saw him beat three defenders.

Bolton pulled one back on the stroke of half time when Danny Fox brought down Clough in the penalty area and Le Fondre drove home from the spot.

After losing Ream in the first half, Heskey came on in defence at half time and soon found his side reduced to 10 men when Mills was shown his second yellow card, both for fouls on Antonio.

Lonergan was then injured in bringing down Dexter Blackstock in the area, and, after a six-minute delay, Lansbury beat replacement keeper Ben Amos from the resulting penalty.

Burke then made the game safe after Heskey made a mess of clearing the ball on the edge of the box.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman:

"All round, this was a very, very good performance for us. I am really pleased, because this is a fantastic group of players to work with. With their ability and talent they have got, it is really pleasing to see that coming out as a manager.

"I am happy because we won the game of football and we played some great football. We scored two wonderful goals in the first 30 minutes and would have had more, if not for a few wonderful saves from their keeper.

"Michail Antonio was almost unplayable at times. I like my wide players go and attack players and in the old days at Forest that always used to happen, that is how people were brought up at this club.

"Chris Burke took his goals well too. They will be given the freedom to get forward when they can."

Bolton manager Neil Lennon:

"It was poor. You can talk about working on the training ground to tighten things up, but when people are making individual mistakes, there is not a lot you can do.

"We were missing headers, not putting tackles in - we were soft and we need to correct it quickly. We will have to think about things.

"We have picked up another three injuries, but that does not excuse the ill-discipline, particularly the ill-discipline of the captain, who had a booking and a warning at half time.

"But then we were down to 10 men two minutes after the break and we just keep shooting ourselves in the foot. We tried to be more conservative, so that we were not as open."


Nottm Forest

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Darlow
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Collins
  • 16Lascelles
  • 13Fox
  • 22Gardner
  • 27BurkeSubstituted forPatersonat 72'minutes
  • 10Lansbury
  • 38Osborn
  • 18AntonioSubstituted forFryattat 87'minutes
  • 23BlackstockSubstituted forVeldwijkat 76'minutes


  • 4Mancienne
  • 6Wilson
  • 7Fryatt
  • 14Veldwijk
  • 21Paterson
  • 24Vaughan
  • 29de Vries


Formation 3-5-2

  • 24LonerganSubstituted forAmosat 65'minutes
  • 14DerviteBooked at 90mins
  • 4MillsBooked at 47mins
  • 5ReamSubstituted forMoxeyat 34'minutes
  • 7Feeney
  • 25Vela
  • 18Danns
  • 29Bannan
  • 27TwardzikSubstituted forHeskeyat 45'minutes
  • 40Clough
  • 9Le FondreBooked at 73mins


  • 3Moxey
  • 13Amos
  • 19Heskey
  • 22Gudjohnsen
  • 31Wheater
  • 45Slavchev
  • 47Janko
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 4, Bolton Wanderers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 4, Bolton Wanderers 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn following a set piece situation.

  4. Booking

    Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers).

  6. Post update

    Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

  9. Post update

    Offside, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Paterson tries a through ball, but Matty Fryatt is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers).

  11. Post update

    Lars Veldwijk (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

  14. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  15. Post update

    Delay in match Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matty Fryatt replaces Michail Antonio.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

  19. Post update

    Barry Bannan (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest).

As It Stood

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