Nottm Forest 1-2 Wolverhampton - 16-Sep-2017 : Match Report
Diogo Jota continued his electric form in front of goal to steer Wolves to a 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest.
The on-loan Porto player netted twice, either side of a spectacular strike from Muzzy Carayol, to take his tally to four goals in three games and maintain Wolves' promotion charge.
The result left Nuno Espirito Santo's side sitting in the top two in the Sky Bet Championship, while frustrated Forest found themselves reflecting on a second consecutive home defeat.
It was a cagey first half in which some good football from both sides was only rarely rewarded with clear chances - but it sprang into life after the break.
Daryl Murphy sent an effort straight at Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy after turning sharply in the box early on. And Ivan Cavaleiro lashed an almost identical effort right at Jordan Smith at the other end.
Jota fired Wolves' clearest opening over the bar after he had been picked out by Cavaleiro's clever cut-back, while Leo Bonatini had a shot sent looping over the bar by a deflection.
Kieran Dowell tested Ruddy with a lofted attempt, after dancing into the Wolves penalty area, but it was a test to which the keeper was equal.
Dowell was also denied by a more difficult save from Ruddy, after he had let fly from the edge of the box.
The second half began in explosive fashion, with Wolves taking the lead inside two minutes. Cavaleiro found room to whip in a lovely cross from the right, which curled across the face of goal to the far post, where Jota was arriving to slide in and steer home a simple, precise finish.
Forest were slow to muster a meaningful response, but good hold-up play from Murphy saw him feed Liam Bridcutt on the edge of the box. Ruddy was again well placed to make a strong save to deny the midfielder.
A quick break following a poor set-piece routine from Forest should have seen Wolves substitute Ben Marshall add to their advantage, but he fired right at Smith with the goal at his mercy.
It was a Forest substitute who was to have an impact, however, as the home side conjured up a spectacular equaliser.
When Carayol collected the ball wide on the left, Ruddy seemed to anticipate a cross and advanced off his line - but the winger had other ideas, looking up before thrashing a driven, swerving effort beyond the reach of the stranded keeper and into the back of the net, from all of 30 yards.
That goal arrived in the 75th minute, but Forest only had parity for six minutes, as Jota struck again. Bonatini's surging run was at the heart of things, with Matt Mills hacking him down on the edge of the box. Referee Geoff Eltringham played a good advantage as Jota collected the loose ball, before rolling a simple finish beyond Smith and into the bottom corner.