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Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Nottingham Forest

Ben Osborn
Ben Osborn celebrates his third goal of the season

Championship leaders Wolves had their 13-match unbeaten league run ended as Aitor Karanka claimed his first win as Nottingham Forest manager.

Kieran Dowell's deflected 25-yard shot wrong-footed keeper John Ruddy to put Forest ahead against the run of play.

The hosts were stunned again just three minutes later when Ben Osborn smashed in a shot from Matty Cash's pull-back.

Wolves pressed after the break, but rarely threatened to break through Forest's disciplined defence.

Both managers rang the changes for contrasting reasons, with the hosts making nine to the starting XI narrowly beaten at Swansea in their midweek FA Cup replay, while Karanka made four for his second game in charge of out-of-form Forest.

The hosts, who last tasted defeat at Molineux in mid-August against Cardiff, had the lion's share of possession for long periods.

But Forest, who had picked up just five points in their nine previous league matches, kept them at arm's length and Matt Doherty almost deflected Dowell's free-kick into his own net before the visitors grabbed their quickfire double.

Diogo Jota sent a curling shot just past the far post, but the Championship's most potent attack were unable to seriously test goalkeeper Jordan Smith throughout.

Danny Fox had to head clear from under his own crossbar from Ivan Cavaleiro's cross as the home side sought a second-half comeback, but the defender almost claimed a third for the visitors when his header was tipped over the bar by Ruddy.

The defeat meant Wolves' lead over second-placed Derby County remains at nine points, while Forest's first win in seven league matches lifted them a place to 14th.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo told BBC WM:

"I think it was one of the games where we were not as good as we could and should be.

"We knew that this day could come. We must improve and have to bounce back immediately from this.

"I am responsible maybe for not telling the boys we still have a long way to go. Nobody can relax here."

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka:

"It was a real good performance, it's not easy to win here and for me the most important thing has been the commitment from everybody.

"We have to grow, we have to be more intense. We have a really good squad. We were passing the ball really well - if we can play with more intensity we are going to improve.

"The club is very well organised - we will finish the transfer window with a better squad than we have now."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 21Ruddy
  • 5BennettBooked at 90mins
  • 16CoadyBooked at 38mins
  • 15Boly
  • 2DohertySubstituted forHélder Costaat 45'minutes
  • 27Saiss
  • 8NevesSubstituted forMir Vicenteat 78'minutes
  • 3DouglasSubstituted forGibbs-Whiteat 45'minutes
  • 7Cavaleiro
  • 33Bonatini
  • 18JotaBooked at 65mins

Substitutes

  • 4A N'Diaye
  • 6Batth
  • 9Mir Vicente
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 24Gibbs-White
  • 25Miranda
  • 31Norris

Nottm Forest

  • 43Smith
  • 2Lichaj
  • 42WorrallBooked at 19mins
  • 4Mancienne
  • 13FoxBooked at 6mins
  • 31Bouchalakis
  • 14Cash
  • 7BridcuttBooked at 30minsSubstituted forCloughat 69'minutes
  • 11Osborn
  • 20DowellSubstituted forDarikwaat 83'minutes
  • 17Brereton

Substitutes

  • 5Mills
  • 6Traore
  • 16Clough
  • 18Carayol
  • 27Darikwa
  • 30Henderson
  • 39Vellios
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
29,050

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home6
Away5
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Nottingham Forest 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Nottingham Forest 2.

Foul by Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Zach Clough (Nottingham Forest).

Booking

Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Conor Coady.

Attempt saved. Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

Attempt missed. Rafa Mir (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Diogo Jota.

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Romain Saiss tries a through ball, but Ivan Cavaleiro is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Tendayi Darikwa replaces Kieran Dowell.

Foul by Rafa Mir (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Andreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

Foul by Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rafa Mir replaces Rúben Neves.

Hand ball by Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Ben Brereton (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Daniel Fox.

Foul by Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest).

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Zach Clough replaces Liam Bridcutt.

Attempt missed. Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross following a set piece situation.

Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay in match Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

Foul by Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conor Coady tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves28195450222862
2Derby28158544232153
3Cardiff28156740251551
4Aston Villa28148642251750
5Bristol City2813964032848
6Sheff Utd281441042321046
7Fulham28129746341245
8Middlesbrough281351038271144
9Brentford28111074235743
10Leeds28134114033743
11Preston28101263228442
12Ipswich28124124140140
13Norwich28107112833-537
14Nottm Forest28112153543-835
15Millwall28810103333034
16QPR2889113140-933
17Sheff Wed28711103034-432
18Reading2878133036-629
19Barnsley2869132840-1227
20Bolton2868142646-2026
21Hull28510133945-625
22Sunderland28510133047-1725
23Birmingham2866161639-2324
24Burton2866162152-3124
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