Date: 22nd November 2014 at 9:54pm
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Wolves ended up well beaten by Forest at Molineux on Saturday as a run of disappointing performances is starting to ask serious questions as to how well equipped they are to take on the better teams in the Championship. It was a deserved win for the visitors and manager Kenny Jackett needs to conjure up better than this to make this a positive season for the men in old gold.

Jackett retained the defence that conceded 5 at Derby and introduced Tommy Rowe to the centre of midfield. David Edwards was surprisingly fit to resume in midfield while new loan signing Danny Graham made his debut instead of hamstring injury victim Dicko;

Ikeme
Doherty, Batth, Ebanks Landell, Ricketts
McDonald, Rowe
Henry, Edwards, Sako
Graham

Wolves earned an early corner but it was Forest who started the brighter with some crisp passing and lovely movement, and Antonio was clearly going to be a big test for Matt Doherty on the Forest left wing. After being on the back foot for 15 minutes Wolves created a half chance as Edwards got free on the right and his cross was turned goal wards by Graham but his effort was saved by Darlo. And then the new striker was almost gifted another chance as Mancienne hit a short back pass and the striker charged down Darlo’s clearance but the ball rebounded wide.

But Forest then came so close twice in quick succession but were denied by two excellent Ikeme saves. First he tipped a Lascalles effort onto the post and then pushed a Fryatt effort round the post. Then Wolves do get some momentum and force three quick corners and then Rowe found Edwards who turned the ball into the net but was offside. It was end to end now and after a fabulous diving header from Doherty rescued Wolves before McDonald split the Forest defence with a through ball to Edwards who is crowded out.

The game faded in the last ten minutes of the half into a stalemate but Wolves are forced into a change as a limping Ebanks Landell is replaced by Stearman.

Forest made th early running in the second half with Ikeme saving from Burke and Fryatt. But Graham did well on a breakaway on the right with his cross just eluding Edwards. The Forest domination is growing now though with Lansbury having a shot saved, McDonald clearing after a goalmouth scramble, Fox shooting just wide and Antonio having a shot blocked by Ricketts. A Forest goal had been coming and it arrived after 64 minutes when Lansbury got free on the left and his cross was turned in by Assombolonga. And it took only four minutes more for the lead to be doubled as Fryatt headed in a Lansbury corner.

Wolves introduced McAlinden for Henry and then Van La Parra for Edwards. The Dutch winger did make some impact as he tried to find Graham twice after good runs down the right, but when a Sako cross found his head 5 yards out he sent a tame header wide. And there is no stopping Forest now and Antonio’s cut back found Lansbury who drove home the third. Then Ikeme made another good save from a long range shot with the rebound blasted just over.

Ikeme 8 – but for him it could have been 6 or 7
Doherty 6 – did well against the useful winger Antonio but caught out of position a couple of times
Batth 6 – steady enough and the best of the back line
Ebanks Landell 5 – steady enough start but limped off before the break.
Ricketts 5 – 8 conceded in the two games since his recall
McDonald 6 – had a good first half but some loose passes after the break
Rowe 6 – had a decent first half but not in the game after the break
Henry 4 – no real threat today
Edwards 5 – got through with some good runs off the ball but never imposed himself on the game
Sako 6 – had a couple of good runs but not in the game enough
Graham 6 – a promising debut with some good lay offs
Stearman 5 – a couple of good challenges but lost his man a couple of times
McAlinden 4 – no real impact
Van La Parra 6 – showed some good runs late on and worth another chance

A disheartening performance where the passing and movement of Forest looked far superior for most of the game. Right now Wolves look a few players short of a team that can make a mark at the right end of the table, and a vulnerable defence, an uncreative midfieled, and little goal threat is an unhappy combination.