Nottingham Forest 1 – 1 Wolves
Nottingham Forest 1 – 1 Wolves. Daniel Podence scored a late equaliser as Wolves held Nottingham Forest to a draw – a result that did neither any favours as they fight to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Podence fired home his sixth goal of the season by opening up his body and curling past Keylor Navas to grab a point at the City Ground.
Brennan Johnson, who did not join Wales for international duty because of a groin injury, had put Forest ahead in the first half.
Johnson finished from the tightest of angles – and through the legs of Jose Sa – after getting on the end of Danilo’s ball.
Both teams had their assistant head coach red-carded early in the second half, with Forest’s Alan Tate and Wolves counterpart Pablo Sanz dismissed from the dugout after the visitors appealed for a penalty when Adama Traore went down in the box.
Tempers flared again in the closing stages when Johnson appeared to suggest Podence spat in his direction, but Chris Kavanagh took no action after a VAR check.
Wolves are 13th – three points clear of the relegation zone and a point ahead of Forest, who are 14th.
Forest were dominant in the early stages, with Johnson in particular catching the eye as Wolves struggled with the pace and strength of the Wales winger.
Just seven minutes in he had a shot on target when he shifted on to his left foot and his effort was tipped over the bar by Sa.
The home side looked likeliest to break the deadlock, so it was no surprise when Johnson scored from a tight angle for his eighth league goal of the season.
Just two minutes later, he was involved again, going down in the area after a tussle with Toti, though he was booked for simulation.
Emmanuel Dennis had two chances – a bicycle kick from a corner and an effort saved by Sa after a lighting counter-attack – and Johnson was unable to score from the rebound of the latter, with Forest ultimately left to rue their missed opportunities.
They have dropped 15 points from winning positions in home Premier League games this season, the most of any side.
Podence’s goal – in the 83rd minute – came from Wolves’ first and only shot on target.
It ended a run of seven Premier League appearances without a goal for the Portuguese, but Wolves will be frustrated they did not create more openings.
Moussa Niakhate almost gifted them a goal when he turned Matheus Nunes’ cross onto his own crossbar in the first half, and Nunes also flicked a chance wide.
The draw extended their winless run to three matches, and they will be without captain Ruben Neves when they face Chelsea and Brentford after he was shown a 10th yellow card of the season.
source – BBC