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Forest 4-3 Wigan

20 August 2016

A last-gasp goal from Thomas Lam earned Nottingham Forest all three points with an incredible 4-3 victory over Wigan Athletic at The City Ground.

A brace from Oliver Burke and a strike from Britt Assombalonga were cancelled out by Will Grigg's double and a goal from Michael Jacobs but Lam struck in the third minute of second-half stoppage time to give Forest their second consecutive 4-3 win at home.

Forest head coach Philippe Montanier made six changes from the midweek defeat to Brentford. The suspended Damien Perquis was replaced by Michael Mancienne while Eric Lichaj, Matt Mills, Henri Lansbury, David Vaughan and Apostolos Vellios all dropped to the bench to be replaced by Thomas Lam, Chris Cohen, Assombalonga, Burke and Matty Cash.

The Reds had struggled to find the net at Brentford on Tuesday night but it took them only six minutes to break the deadlock here. Assombalonga latched on to a poor backpass from Dan Burn and was able to coolly slot home past Adam Bogdan to put Forest in front.

The lead was to only last five minutes though. Good build-up play from Wigan led to Alex Gilbey getting to the byline and he pulled the ball back to Jacobs who was on hand to slot home from just outside the six-yard box to restore parity.

Assombalonga had felt his hamstring after scoring the opening goal and had to be replaced on 13 minutes by Apostolos Vellios as his day was brought to an unfortunate end after a great start.

It was end-to-end stuff on a bright afternoon at The City Ground and Cash almost put Forest back in front a few minutes later. The midfielder curled a delightful shot past Bogdan but was unfortunate to see it come back off the upright and away from danger.

Carving out chances was not proving a problem for Forest and Vellios was the next to try his luck. Ben Osborn lofted a ball into the penalty and Vellios, in one motion, swivelled and struck the ball towards goal but an instinctive save from Bogdan turned it behind for a corner.

Forest were in again soon after as Burke sprinted past his man and went for goal. Osborn had raced forward in support but the winger decided to shoot himself and saw Bogdan in the way once more as the Wigan stopper palmed the ball away.

Danny Fox had put in a crunching challenge on his man during the latter stages of the first half but it was he who felt the after-effects and he had to be replaced by Eric Lichaj with six minutes of the opening period to play.

The Reds were back ahead eight minutes into the second half courtesy of Burke's first of the afternoon. A flighted ball over the top from Cohen found Burke, he chested the ball down and prodded it past Bogdan into the net.

Montanier's side were now firmly in the ascendancy and had the chance to make it 3-1 from the penalty spot soon after. Craig Morgan brought down Cohen inside the box but Bogdan was able to push Vellios' penalty away by getting down to his left-hand side.

It was proving to be another City Ground classic and Grigg levelled the contest on 65 minutes. The Forest defence looked hesitant as Luke Garbutt's cross was deflected up into the air and Grigg was there to head home from close range.

The pendulum swung back in Forest's favour with 13 minutes to play as Burke put them in front for a third time. The winger latched on to a superb through-ball from Cash and kept his composure to slot the ball into the far corner past Bogdan's despairing dive.

Grigg had looked dangerous all afternoon and he looked to have sealed a point for Wigan late on. A long throw was flicked into the Forest penalty area, The Reds didn't deal with it and the Northern Ireland striker lashed the ball past a stranded Stephen Henderson.

Forest weren't to be denied though and took all three points with almost the last kick of the game. Hildeberto Pereira went on a barnstorming run and pulled the ball back to Lam who smashed a fine finish into the back of the net to send The City Ground into delirium.

Forest: Henderson, Pereira, Lam, Mancienne, Fox (Lichaj 38'), Cohen (c), Burke, Cash, Kasami (Mills 84'), Osborn, Assombalonga (Vellios 13')

Subs not used: Smith, Lansbury, Ward, Vaughan

Goals: Assombalonga 6', Burke 53', 78', Lam 90'

Bookings: Cash 9', Cohen 58', Lam 68', Henderson 90'

: Bogdan, Power, Gilbey (WiganDavies 81'), Grigg, MacDonald (Powell 64'), Jacobs, Garbutt, Morgan (c), Warnock, Wildschut (Burke 64'), Burn

Subs not used: Jaaskelainen, Gomez, Flores, Colclough

Goals: Jacobs 11', Grigg 65', 86'

Bookings: Wildschut 57', Morgan 72', Jacobs 75', Grigg 90'

Referee: James Linington

Attendance: 17,750 (980 away)

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