Nottingham Forest 3 Wolves 1: Play-off push gathers pace with Lansbury double

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Nottingham Forest's magnificent run under Billy Davies continued with a fifth straight victory to propel the Reds into the npower Championship play-off places.

Henri Lansbury scored either side of Matt Doherty's equaliser for Wolves, who were reduced to 10 men late on when Stephen Ward was shown a straight red card. Substitute Lewis McGugan sealed the win in the final minute as Forest finished the day in sixth position.

Following successive 1-0 wins, Reds boss Davies named the same starting XI for the third game in a row. The only change came on the bench where Greg Halford returned from a two-match suspension to replace teenage defender Jamaal Lascelles.

Cheeky: Henri Lansbury celebrates after scoring the second goal for Nottingham Forest

Cheeky: Henri Lansbury celebrates after scoring the second goal for Nottingham Forest

Match facts

Nottm Forest: Darlow, Jara Reyes, Ward, Collins, Cohen, Lansbury,
Guedioura, Majewski (Moussi 62), Reid (Halford 75), Cox, Blackstock (McGugan 34). Subs Not Used: Evtimov, Hutchinson, Greening, Sharp.

Goals: Lansbury 31, 67,McGugan 90

Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Doherty, Johnson, Gorkss, Ward, Edwards,
O'Hara (Davis 61), Henry (Doumbia 63),Sako, Sigurdarson (Doyle 68), Ebanks-Blake. Subs Not Used: De Vries, Hunt, Robinson, Batth.

Sent Off: Ward (83).

Goal: Doherty 65.

Att: 23,350

Ref: Michael Naylor (Sheffield).

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Dean Saunders earned his first victory since taking over as Wolves manager at Millwall in midweek but the Welshman changed a winning team with Bjorn Sigurdarson recalled for Jake Cassidy in attack.

Forest had the ball in the net early on when Simon Cox tapped in Andy Reid's far-post cross, but the Republic of Ireland international striker was flagged offside by the referee's assistant.

Radoslaw Majewski threatened with a long-range effort after 10 minutes before his cross was headed over the crossbar by centre-half Elliott Ward midway through the first half.

Wolves' first real chance fell to Doherty in the 26th minute. Following a goalmouth scramble, the ball broke to Doherty on the edge of the area but the full-back sent his shot waywardly wide despite being afforded plenty of time and space.

Forest took the lead five minutes later. Former Wolves midfielder Adlene Guedioura was involved, teeing up Lansbury who arrowed a right-foot shot into the bottom left-hand corner from 20 yards out.

Davies was forced to make a change after 34 minutes, with midweek matchwinner McGugan replacing the injured Dexter Blackstock.

Doubel delight: Lansbury scores the second goal for Nottingham Forest

Double delight: Lansbury scores the second goal for Nottingham Forest

Forest had barely reorganised themselves when Sylvan Ebanks-Blake won Wolves a free-kick 25 yards out. Bakary Sako took it and saw his crisp strike smash against the crossbar with goalkeeper Karl Darlow well beaten.

Sigurdarson should have netted the rebound but blazed his shot high into the Bridgeford End, a terrible miss from the Icelander.

Ebanks-Blake shot into the sidenetting early in the second half after Elliot Ward lost out to David Edwards midway inside the Forest half.

Darlow then saved with his feet after another Elliot Ward error presented Ebanks-Blake with another opportunity.

Wolves were working hard and they were rewarded with an equaliser after 65 minutes. Doherty's looping header from Sako's far-post cross had just enough on it to beat Darlow, who got fingertips to the ball but could not keep it out.

However, their joy was shortlived as little more than 90 seconds later Lansbury curled in a lovely shot from the left-hand side of the box.

McGugan went close with a free-kick midway through the second half before Wolves' task increased in difficulty with Stephen Ward's red card.

Saunders' side went for broke at a corner, leaving only Stephen Ward back. Forest cleared the danger and counter-attacked with substitute Halford, who was body-checked by Stephen Ward as he knocked the ball past the last man.

Referee Michael Naylor had no option but to pull out a straight red card. Forest made certain of all three points in the final minute, catching Wolves out with another swift turnaround.

A move involving Cox and Gonzalo Jara Reyes culminated in McGugan curling in a shot via the crossbar from the edge of the area.

 


 

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To be fair, there wasn't that much between the teams on the day, but that is the nature of football - how often does even a 3-0 win see the winning team having just 52% of the ball, say. It's what you do with it that counts. Forest are getting the rub of the green a bit just now - we've had 7 or 8 20 yard shots in the past 6 games, and they've all gone in ! That is rare ! As for Wolves, I fear for them. Too many of their players are on huge salaries and they know that evebn if they do go down, they will be sold and their Wolves careers will just be part of their career. It's the fans who suffer with relegation - not the players.

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still think it was Wright to get rid of MICK don't think so

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Wolves should bring Mick back !

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it's all gone quiet at the Mol, again.......Guess the majority of us are fed up now.

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I always rated Lansbury as a big prospect but he seemed to lack the work ethic to go further. If he plays in the premiership ,with Forest or another team ,im convinced he can be a full international for England.

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Saw this game and felt there wasnt a lot between the two teams on the day, Dont see Forest as a sound Prem team.

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Billy certainly has the City Ground Buzzing - picked up where he left off when the late Nigel Dougherty sacked him in favour of steve mcclaren who was a joke now the passage of time has elapsed Billy is back sorting out unfinished business. Still plenty of work to do - but it is going on the right direction.

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I bet the previous board are regretting sacking Davies, seeing where he is now. Just imagine where they'd be if they'd bought him back earlier instead of going for McLeish.

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Still watching the super reds progress here in Australia. Well done lads and now you have the best manager Billy to inspire you to the play off,s. Tom C

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lets not get carried away lads, were playing really good football, but il be jumping for joy when were in the play offs at the end of the season! youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu reddddddddddddddddddssssssssssss :) !

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