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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

Formation 3-4-3

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

Substitutes

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

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Nottingham Forest 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Zach Clough (Nottingham Forest).

  7. Booking

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Conor Coady.

  11. Post update

    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.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Tendayi Darikwa replaces Kieran Dowell.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Rafa Mir (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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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