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Macron Stadium (ATT 15,753) 16th August 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Bolton Bolton Wanderers vs Nottingham Forest N Forest

Bolton 2

J Mason (4)
D Wheater (29)

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N Forest 2

B Assombalonga (27, pen 35)

Sky Bet Championship: Britt Assombalonga brace earns Nottingham Forest a point at Bolton

Last Updated: 19/08/14 2:37pm

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Britt Assombalonga: Opened his account for Nottingham Forest

Britt Assombalonga: Opened his account for Nottingham Forest

Britt Assombalonga scored his first goals for Nottingham Forest to earn a 2-2 draw with Bolton at the Macron Stadium.

Forest boss Stuart Pearce believes Assombalonga will prove a bargain buy at £5million this season and the former Peterborough marksman started to repay his big fee with his first goals of the new campaign including a 37th-minute penalty.

Joe Mason, signed from Cardiff earlier in the week, headed Dougie Freedman's team in front. David Wheater then restored Wanderers lead before Assombalonga ensured the home side are still waiting for their first Championship success of the season from the spot.

Forest could possibly have been ahead before Mason made his mark on his latest return to the Trotters.

A poor back header by vice-captain Matt Mills let in Assombalonga but the former Posh favourite's pass was tamely finished by Matty Fryatt.

So, it was doubly painful when skipper Jay Spearing swung in a superbly floated free-kick and Mason rose highest to head home from six yards after four minutes.

Wanderers held their lead thanks to Adam Bogdan's double save from Andy Reid and Fryatt. But they only repelled the visitors until the 26th minute as Assombalonga celebrated his first goal for his new club. 

Chris Burke's left foot cross from the right was headed down and across goal by Michail Antonio and Assombalonga lashed home from eight yards.

Fortunately, for Bolton, the visitors' defence was equally porous and defender Wheater restored the home side's lead two minutes later.

Forest failed to clear their lines following another Spearing free-kick and as the ball trickled back in across the area, unmarked Wheater probed home from five yards with keeper Karl Darlow flat-footed.

However, Forest restored parity eight minutes from the break, after Spearing recklessly flew in to bring down Assombalonga.

The former Liverpool midfielder protested his innocence but there were few complaints from his team mates. Adam Bogdan tried to psyche out Assombalonga by dancing along his goal line but Assombalonga thumped the spot kick through the Hungarian international's legs.

Spearing's anger then spilled over, scything down Chris Cohen and promptly receiving the game's first yellow card
Forest, without suspended Michael Mancienne, sent-off in the midweek Capital One Cup victory at Tranmere, maintained the momentum at the start of the second period.

And Assombalonga looked the player most likely to score again. A decent cross from Antonio was met by the imposing forward and Bogdan was grateful to see the ball trickle by his post.

Andy Reid tried to cheekily chip Bogdan from wide on the Wanderers left before the home side finally broke out. And they should have sneaked all three points as Craig Davies headed over from six yards after Kevin McNaughton supplied a superb right wing cross.

But after the flurry of first-half excitement there were no further goals as Forest protected their unbeaten start.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 23 45
2 Ipswich Town 23 44
3 Derby County 23 42
4 Middlesbrough 23 42
5 Brentford 23 40
6 Watford 23 38
7 Norwich City 23 37
8 Blackburn Rovers 23 34
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 34
10 Nottingham Forest 23 31
11 Cardiff City 23 31
12 Charlton Athletic 23 31
13 Sheffield Wednesday 23 31
14 Bolton Wanderers 23 29
15 Fulham 23 28
16 Birmingham City 23 28
17 Reading 23 26
18 Rotherham United 23 25
19 Huddersfield Town 23 25
20 Leeds United 23 24
21 Millwall 23 23
22 Wigan Athletic 23 20
23 Brighton and Hove Albion 23 20
24 Blackpool 23 13

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