REID ALL ABOUT IT

For­est go top as Andy proves handy

The Football League Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By Chris Dunlavy

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THREE games. Nine points. Five goals scored. None con­ceded, and mil­lions in the bank. The lean years are def­i­nitely over for Not­ting­ham For­est.

This was a per­for­mance that will send a shud­der through the Cham­pi­onship, so com­plete was the de­struc­tion of much­fan­cied Bolton.

And those cling­ing to the hope that money doesn’t equal suc­cess may need a new straw to clutch at af­ter a silk-smooth home de­but for £2.5m cen­tre­back Kelvin Wil­son and a first goal in 25 games for £1m striker Jamie Mackie.

Two more from Andy Reid and Henri Lans­bury sent For­est top of the Cham­pi­onship and ac­cord­ing to Dougie Free­man, an­other cou­ple of play­ers will be enough to keep them there.

“I think For­est are prob­a­bly two play­ers away from be­ing a top-two side,” said the beaten Bolton boss.“Billy’s got a great team and with the crowd here things of­ten go their way. Jamie Mackie’s a fan­tas­tic player, Andy Reid has great qual­ity. Not many teams will get a re­sult here.”

Davies con­curred, though not with the num­bers.“I would say three,” he said. “If we can get an­other three play­ers in then, bar­ring in­jury and sus­pen­sion, we should chal­lenge at the top end.

“I’m look­ing mid­dle to front. We’ve got good com­pe­ti­tion at the back, ex­cel­lent com­pe­ti­tion in goal. Dorus Di Vries is a very good goal­keeper and he isn’t even get­ting a game. But in the mid­field area and up front, I think we could be stronger.

“But let’s not kid our­selves. There’s still 73, 76 points to get if we want to win pro­mo­tion.This was a big test against a big club with a huge wage bill and I’m de­lighted with the re­sult. But there’s a lot of work to be done.”

In the fu­ture, yes. But to­day, For­est’s best work took all of two min­utes. Though their bod­ies were on the pitch, Bolton brains were still in the dress­ing room when Mackie gave For­est the lead.

The striker seared be­tween a snooz­ing Alex Bap­tiste and Zat Knight to col­lect Raddy Ma­jew­ski’s im­mac­u­late through ball, then whipped a crisp fin­ish be­yond Adam Bog­dan into the far cor­ner.

It was an ef­fort that re­flected two years in the Pre­mier League and showed just why For­est were happy to hand QPR £1m for the for­mer Ply­mouth man.

“He is what he is,” added Davies. “The fans take to him be­cause he earns ev­ery penny he gets. His work-rate is sec­ond to none. His at­ti­tude is sec­ond to none. He’s a great player in the dress­ing room and it’s nice to have him.”

Of course, £1m is small change to the Kuwaiti-backed Trentsiders th­ese days. Yet for all their riches, it was the old hands who re­ally shone.

Ma­jew­ski was un­playable in a free role, pulling back for Andy Reid to make it two be­fore makeshift striker Greg Hal­ford – who has played in al­most ev­ery po­si­tion for For­est – capped a hugely im­pres­sive dis­play by cross­ing for Henri Lans­bury to head home.

In be­tween, Bolton’s Dar­ren Prat­ley col­lected a sec­ond yel­low for strik­ing Chris Co­hen with a stray arm, ef­fec­tively end­ing the Trot­ters’ af­ter­noon.

The vis­i­tors did briefly spark into life with a 20-minute pe­riod in the first half when Craig Davies nod­ded wide and David Wheater hit the bar with a header, al­beit from an off­side po­si­tion.

But the stark fact is that Karl Dar­low in the For­est goal didn’t dirty his gloves un­til the 80th minute.

“Right from the off, we tried to slow the game down a lit­tle bit,” said Freed­man, who was miss­ing striker David N’Gog and mid­fielder Chris Ea­gles through in­jury.

“But look­ing back, I think that gave Not­ting­ham For­est a lot of con­fi­dence in the first 15 min­utes. That is some­thing we’ve got to look at.

“We tried to make a lit­tle change but at 2-0 down with ten men, it’s al­ways go­ing to be dif­fi­cult.

“But they didn’t give in, they didn’t chuck it. It’s not go­ing to make any head­lines but it makes me feel a lot bet­ter about my play­ers.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

TWO OF THE BEST: For­est’s Andy Reid, right, cel­e­brates with fel­low scorer Jamie Mackie dur­ing the 3-0 win over Bolton

NOTT’M FOR­EST

FOR­MA­TION: 4-3-1-2

KARL DAR­LOW Nearly pun­ished for sec­ond-half flap but didn’t have a save to make

ERIC LICHAJ

6

8 Beat men, surged for­ward and crossed ac­cu­rately. The right-back had a blinder

JACK HOBBS

7 Stroll in the park for for­mer Hull man. Never turned, got his head to ev­ery­thing

KELVIN WIL­SON

8 Mar­shalled Davies like a cat with a mouse. Im­pe­ri­ous on City Ground re­turn

CHRIS CO­HEN

7 Never gave dan­ger­man Lee an inch of space. As­sured dis­play from the skip­per

AD­LENE GUE­DIOURA

6 Over-elab­o­ra­tion riled the crowd. Lost the ball too of­ten, let frus­tra­tion show

HENRI LANS­BURY

7 Qui­etly ef­fec­tive be­fore burst­ing for­ward to net a bul­let header. Got stuck in

ANDY REID

7 Fine fin­ish and qual­ity on ball. Lucky not to see red for nasty chal­lenge on Medo

RA­DOSLAW MA­JEW­SKI

8 Ball for Mackie de­stroyed Bolton de­fence, set up sec­ond too. Fan­tas­tic

GREG HAL­FORD

7 Un­lucky to hit the post with a dif­fi­cult chance, set up Lans­bury with beau­ti­fully

JAMIE MACKIE Lovely fin­ish and too much pace for Bap­tiste. Bust a gut for his side

SUB­STI­TUTES DER­BYSHIRE 6; FOR MACKIE (76) MILLER 6; FOR HAL­FORD (81) AB­DOUN N/A; FOR LANS­BURY (85) NOT USED: HARD­ING, COLLINS, PATER­SON, DE VRIES

BOLTON

FOR­MA­TION: 4-2-3-1

ADAM BOG­DAN

7

6 Did ev­ery­thing right but beaten by two su­per fin­ishes. Dis­tri­bu­tion er­ratic

ALEX BAP­TISTE

6 Partly at fault for the opener, his bursts up the right cre­ated a string of open­ings

ZAT KNIGHT

6 Al­lowed Mackie in­side him for the first. Gen­er­ally sound and held line well

DAVID WHEATER

7 Gen­er­ally got the bet­ter of Mackie in the air. Solid, blame­less for the goals

MARC TIER­NEY

6 Best player in the first half with com­bat­ive dis­play but tired af­ter the break

MEDO

6 Charged around but never able to halt the red shirts swarm­ing through mid­field

JAY SPEAR­ING

6 Booked for thun­der­ous early tackle and never looked the same

DAR­REN PRAT­LEY

5 Spent the first half fall­ing over, then got a sec­ond yel­low for a daft chal­lenge

CHUNG-YONG LEE

5 Bus­tled out of it by For­est. Barely had a touch of note wide on the right

ROB HALL

5 Found space but of­ten waste­ful on the ball. Set-pieces caused prob­lems

CRAIG DAVIES

5 Got absolutely noth­ing out of Wil­son. Headed only de­cent chance wide of goal

SUB­STI­TUTES BECK­FORD 5; FOR DAVIES (57) ODELUSI 5; FOR HALL (57) NOT USED: LON­ER­GAN, MORITZ, REAM, MEARS, EAVES

LEAN ON ME: Bolton’s Alex Bap­tiste and For­est’s Greg Hal­ford

PIC­TURES: Aci­ton Im­ages

REID MY FACE: Not­ting­ham For­est’s Andy Reid cel­e­brates scor­ing their sec­ond goal with team mates. Right: For­est’s Jamie Mackie cel­e­brates scor­ing their first goal with Reid

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