Nottingham Forest continued their unbeaten start to the season with a narrow victory over Tranmere Rovers in the League Cup before sharing the points with Bolton Wanderers at the weekend.
Despite progressing to the next round of the cup on Tuesday, the Reds stuttered their way through the game and ended up with only ten men at the finish.
Michael Mancienne saw red as he moved into a midfield spot for the first time this season.
The game was a scrappy affair and was settled by a solitary strike from Michail Antonio, his second in as many games.
Looks like he’s trying to prove me wrong after my criticism of him last week; fair play to him and long may it continue.
Off the field however, it looks like a formality that Henri Lansbury will be leaving the club.
The club have stated that he has turned down improved offers despite their willingness to keep hold of him.
I know that Fawaz came in for some harsh criticism following the dual sale of Darlow and Lascelles, but it looks like it’s the player pulling at the reins on this occasion.
The temptation of Premier League football is a strong one, but it always disappoints me that someone with age on his side is not willing to earn it through promotion.
Take a look at Wes Morgan for instance, he had opportunities to move into the top flight, but has stayed loyal to Leicester and taken them up as captain!
Another telltale sign pointing to Lansbury’s possible departure is the recent signing of Robert Tesche.
He has followed Mancienne from German club SV Hamburg, little is known about the 27 year-old Midfielder, but if he has played in the Bundesliga, he will know his stuff!
I really hope I’m wrong about this one but when it’s the player calling the shots, It’s usually a case of “Adios Amigo’s!”
Meanwhile back on the pitch, Bolton provided us with a much sterner test than their Lancashire neighbours last week.
Forest had barely stepped on the pitch when they went behind to a close-range effort from Mason.
Having gone the last 180 minutes without conceding a goal, we were one down in four minutes.
Reid and Fryatt came close before Britt Assombalonga smashed home an equaliser from close range, following a Burke cross and Antonio’s cushioned header.
Worryingly our defensive frailties were exploited again, just eight minutes later.
There were at least three opportunities to clear a lofted ball from the left. Nobody took command of the box and Bolton’s David Wheater side footed his gift wrapped chance, to give the trotters a 2-1 lead.
You got the feeling that there was more to come and when Spearing needlessly upended Assombalonga in the box.
Assombalonga took the kick himself and calmly stroked the ball past Bogdan, six minutes before the break.
Bolton should have taken all three points late on though, Craig Davis was unmarked just six yards from goal but headed way over the Forest bar.
A decent point in the end and still unbeaten under Pearce. It will take a while to field our strongest 11 but compared to most of the Championship sides, we have a squad to envy.
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