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Nottingham Forest 1-0 Bolton Wanderers: Joe Lolley scores winner at City Ground

Joe Lolley scores for Nottingham Forest
Joe Lolley fires in Nottingham Forest's opener against Bolton Wanderers

Relegated Bolton Wanderers' chaotic Championship season ended in defeat at Nottingham Forest.

Joe Lolley netted Forest's first-half winner, shooting low into the net from 12 yards after Wanderers failed to clear a cross from the left wing.

Sunday's match went ahead after Bolton's players agreed to end their strike over unpaid wages for March and April.

The boycott led to Wanderers' final home game against Brentford, originally scheduled for 27 April, to be postponed. There were attempts to rearrange the fixture but, with the club unable to confirm that adequate safety provision would be in place, the English Football League awarded Brentford a 1-0 victory and added that Bolton were guilty of misconduct and will be disciplined.

The club is due back in the High Court on Wednesday over an unpaid £1.2m tax bill.

The case has already been adjourned on two occasions, the second time allowing Laurence Bassini five weeks to complete his takeover from Wanderers owner Ken Anderson.

A deal was announced on 17 April and Bassini told various media outlets on Friday that he is in control of Wanderers, despite a statement from Bolton a few hours earlier stating that they believed negotiations to be over as Bassini had not met the club's deadline to satisfy the EFL of his "proposed funding structure".

Relegation to the third tier was confirmed on 19 April and defeat by Forest meant Phil Parkinson's men ended the season with seven consecutive losses.

As for Forest, a campaign that began with them investing heavily to strengthen their playing squad has ended with them eight points below the play-off places, despite three straight wins to finish.

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill:

"We have a lot of work to do. We have improved from last season, which is good news. We will look forward to next season, however. And we are remarkably upbeat. We have finished with three consecutive win.

"If I was taking the assessment following my 19 games in charge, it's roughly where we probably should be. We have not had the consistency this season, to be perfectly honest.

"The players and perhaps the supporters got caught up with Bolton's situation, as much as anything else. It was one of those afternoons,

"But, once we got the goal, I was hoping we would get the second. It would have been nice to have won more convincingly. I felt we were in command, without being explosive."

Bolton boss Phil Parkinson:

"Everyone is looking forward to this being resolved, so that we can all move forward. We have to move on, because Bolton is a terrific club. The club will be ready to come back stronger next season.

"I am very proud of the lads' performance. As everyone knows, we have had some very testing circumstances throughout the whole season but, in particular, over the last few months.

"It was tough to pick a team - we basically had the lads we selected there, in the 18. We had injuries and a couple of players put their notice in, while a few players who are out of contract this summer have offers elsewhere and did not want to put themselves at risk.

"I have been in football for 35 years and the things I have experienced in the last few years at Bolton have not been close to anything else I have experienced. It has been extraordinary at times. But the staff have stuck together and conducted themselves in a professional way every day."

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 15Steele
  • 13Wagué
  • 17Milosevic
  • 18Robinson
  • 25Byram
  • 22Yates
  • 14Cash
  • 11Osborn
  • 23LolleySubstituted forMurphyat 67'minutes
  • 7GrabbanSubstituted forGuédiouraat 75'minutes
  • 10Antunes CarvalhoSubstituted forAppiahat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 3Pereira Figueiredo
  • 5Guédioura
  • 8Watson
  • 9Murphy
  • 24Yacob
  • 43Appiah

Bolton

  • 20Matthews
  • 36Brockbank
  • 14Hobbs
  • 29Grounds
  • 3Taylor
  • 11Buckley
  • 19O'Neil
  • 34PritchardSubstituted forEaringat 77'minutes
  • 17Connolly
  • 12NooneSubstituted forDarcyat 70'minutes
  • 28Magennis

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 7Oztumer
  • 8Donaldson
  • 38Earing
  • 39Turner
  • 42Johnson
  • 49Darcy
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
27,578

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Byram with a cross.

Attempt saved. Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gary O'Neil with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Arvin Appiah replaces João Carvalho.

Foul by Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest).

William Buckley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Jack Hobbs (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary O'Neil with a cross.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Matthew Cash.

Matthew Cash (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Jack Earing replaces Joe Pritchard.

Foul by Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest).

Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Adlène Guédioura (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by João Carvalho.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Adlène Guédioura replaces Lewis Grabban.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Ronan Darcy replaces Craig Noone.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Ryan Yates tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Daryl Murphy replaces Joe Lolley.

João Carvalho (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Lolley.

Foul by Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest).

Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Noone.

Foul by Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest).

Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Yates (Nottingham Forest).

Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Ryan Yates.

Attempt blocked. Andrew Taylor (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Brockbank.

Foul by Sam Byram (Nottingham Forest).

Craig Noone (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Luke Steele (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by William Buckley (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Molla Wagué.

goal

As It Stood

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2Sheff Utd462611978413789
3Leeds462581373502383
4West Brom4623111287622580
5Aston Villa4620161082612176
6Derby4620141269541574
7Middlesbrough462013134941873
8Bristol City461913145953670
9Nottm Forest461715146154766
10Swansea461811176562365
11Brentford4617131673591464
12Sheff Wed461616146062-264
13Hull461711186668-262
14Preston461613176767061
15Blackburn461612186469-560
16Stoke461122134552-755
17Birmingham461419136458652
18Wigan461313205164-1352
19QPR46149235371-1851
20Reading461017194966-1747
21Millwall461014224864-1644
22Rotherham46816225283-3140
23Bolton4688302978-4932
24Ipswich46516253677-4131
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