The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Colin Hen­rys

VIC­TORY against Mid­lands ri­vals Not­ting­ham For­est got the Wolves sup­port­ers singing again, and boss Paul Lam­bert is keen to give the fans even more to cel­e­brate in fu­ture.

Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro both scored as Wolves won for the sec­ond time in six games since Lam­bert took charge to climb away from the rel­e­ga­tion places.

It meant joy­ous scenes in the away end af­ter the match, as Jon Dadi Bod­vars­son led the Wolves fans’ chant­ing in the same boom­ing clap that he had with Ice­land at Euro 2016.

And Lam­bert is tak­ing con­fi­dence from the progress be­ing made ev­ery day on and off the pitch.

“I would pay the ad­mis­sion money just to see Bod­vars­son do­ing that at the end,” he said. “It’s great to see – that’s the rap­port, and I said when I first came in we need to get that rap­port. That’s what can hap­pen if you give them suc­cess.

“Night and day progress is be­ing made. When you come into a foot­ball club you start to un­earth things that have hap­pened that have prob­a­bly rocked them a lit­tle bit, but we take it through lit­tle steps at a time.

“I’m not go­ing to say we’ll do ev­ery­thing great in a short space of time but if you can make progress that’s the main thing. It’s a much health­ier po­si­tion than when I first came in.”

Both sides had ini­tially strug­gled to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties in the first half, though Michael Man­ci­enne, un­marked, missed a great chance to put For­est in front when he headed Mustapha Carayol’s header over on the half-hour.

In a game of few chances, it was a miss the hosts were made to rue and Costa fired Wolves in front on 40 min­utes, shoot­ing high into the net from a tight an­gle.

Ben Os­born’s glanced shot flashed wide across goal on 43 min­utes as For­est chased an equaliser, and the winger shot wide again on 54 min­utes from Carayol’s cross.

But as For­est’s frus­tra­tion grew, Wolves’ high press­ing be­gan to force er­rors at the back and Costa’s free-kick was beaten away by Vladimir Sto­jkovic on 57 min­utes.

Cavaleiro then seized upon a loose pass on 63 min­utes but smashed over, and then hit the side-net­ting four min­utes later af­ter run­ning on to Matt Do­her- ty’s through ball and round­ing Sto­jkovic.

But Wolves’ record sign­ing fi­nally sealed the vic­tory on 79 min­utes, coolly side-foot­ing into the bot­tom cor­ner af­ter Dave Ed­wards won pos­ses­sion and the ball broke loose.

And For­est boss Philippe Mon­tanier con­ceded his team have to ac­cept they are in a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle af­ter their tenth de­feat of the sea­son.

“When you have taken just one point from nine, in our si­t­u­a­tion, you have to be ready to fight against rel­e­ga­tion,” he said.

“I hope the play­ers per­form bet­ter be­cause af­ter the sec­ond part of the sec­ond half, we can’t af­ford to re­peat that per­for­mance.

“We made too many big mis­takes to get a pos­i­tive re­sult. We have big play­ers in­jured but I think I have the squad [to cope] and it was a good op­por­tu­nity for play­ers to show what they could do.

“Too many play­ers did not give a good per­for­mance. If four or five play­ers are not play­ing their best it will make the team weak.”

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