36 minutes: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Wolves
Cliché warning… you wait for a Wolves chance like London buses and two arrive at the same time…
One minute after Guedes got shot, Hwang has a great chance to make things right. He pairs well with Jimenez, who plays him from the left. The Wolves forward makes a touchdown before shooting inside the field, and it’s a good save from the sprinting Henderson.
35 minutes: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Wolves
Henderson just made his first save of the night – hooray… The Forest goalie was no doubt getting bored. The ball goes to Goncalo Guedes at the side of the court, who returns to his sidekick just before he takes a low shot. This is an arrangement outside of Henderson, but it’s something visitors can build on…
Here’s a nice photo of Aurier’s kick leading to the Boly goal
30 minutes: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Wolves
As if to show the helplessness of the Wolves’ attack, Hwang tries to make a diagonal pass through the Forest half, which goes to absolutely no one and results in a goal kick for the home side.
27 minutes: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Wolves
The hosts seem relaxed right now. They look alive on attack and their defenses were not confused by anything thrown by the Wolves. All in all a good combination, you’re a fan of the Jungle.
Meanwhile, Lopetegui can’t stand still, shouting at Wolves attacks.
23 minutes: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Wolves
Forest plays nice stuff there – one-touch pass, weird puppet. That’s great to see and it’s not hard to see why you want them to stay in the Premier League this season. By the way, they are in this League Cup match and they deserve it.
Here is the photo of the goal
Boly is out there somewhere – there’s a lot of ‘gathering’ going on there…
20 minutes: Nottingham Forest 1-0 Wolves
The jungle has lifted its tail and really takes the game to visitors – the crowd is loud and you feel like the Wolves need to keep things tight for the next few minutes.
Nottingham Forest 1-0 Wolves (Boly)
This is the first goal for Forest and it comes against his former club. Wolves can’t handle another corner from Gibbs-White – swinging briskly – looks like they’re hitting the crossbar with a kick from Aurier, and Boly is tapping lightly on the rebound, I think, from two centimetres.
13 minutes: Nottingham Forest 0-0 Wolves
Reasonable ball possession time for visitors – can they put any pressure on Henderson in the forest castle?
The answer is ‘sort of’. Semedo makes a cross from the right and deviates over the post for a corner. However, the hosts eliminate the danger of the set ball.
Wolves are slowly but surely growing towards this vineyard.
10 minutes: Nottingham Forest 0-0 Wolves
Wolves are halfway through the Jungle but don’t create much – pretty easy for the host to defend. Lopetegui looks lively at the touchline.
7 minutes: Nottingham Forest 0-0 Wolves
Johnson is on the right, trying to get into the box and slamming into Kilman’s arm, and all of Nottinghamshire (Notts County fans bar) is calling for handball. Wolves slams into the defender’s arms but is not in an unnatural position and is just a corner. From that set piece, Forest took another corner, and this time at Wolves’ goal, Sa threw clear punches.
Brilliant opening from the hosts.
6 minutes: Nottingham Forest 0-0 Wolves
The Wolves have seen some of the early possession – this time Ait Nouri throws a precise cross from the left and dodges everyone.
4 minutes: Nottingham Forest 0-0 Wolves
Great move and luck for Forest. They play the ball at the touchline as if they are being led by Cloughly. Gibbs-White’s ball hits the middle, lands on the back post at Gustavo Scarpa’s feet, and the ball hits a full hash. But in the end a Wolves comes out of his man and the hosts take a corner kick. Nothing comes out of the piece that stands, and visitors survive the first piece of real castle mouth action.
2 minutes: Nottingham Forest 0-0 Wolves
The Wolves attack from the left with impressive Ait Nouri, who was very impressive at Liverpool over the weekend, but Aurier intercepts for the hosts.
1 min: Nottingham Forest 0-0 Wolves
Both wear their traditional red and gold jerseys. This is a happy hunting ground for visitors – they’ve won their last three games at the famous old City Ground.
Two teams took the field
So minutes left until kick-off.
I know both sides prioritize staying in the Premier League – but the fans love going to Wembley and the silverware and celebrations that accompany them… Call me an old romantic if need be…
Could the big token sign mean something special for Forest tonight?
He’s competing with his old club for some spice…
I think he’s a big (figuratively…) Jungle fan
It’s not surprising to see big changes in Forest XI
They lost heavily in Blackpool, which struggled to relegate in the FA Cup (Championship relegation…) at the weekend…
Only Brazilian forward Gustavo Scarpa retained his place from the ‘giant’ defeat. But some Premier League regulars weren’t in the starting line-up for that game, so there are familiar faces on tonight’s squad – with Dean Henderson and Brennan Johnson at goal, and Morgan Gibbs-White among those returning.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST XI TO FACE WOLDS: Henderson, Aurier, Worrall, Boly, Renan Lodi, Mangala, Freuler, Yates, Johnson, Gibbs-White, Gustavo Scarpa. Substitutes: Cook, Mbe Soh, Colback, Hennessey, O’Brien, Toffolo, Surridge, Dennis, McKenna.
Wolves XI WILL ENCOUNTER NOTTINGHAM FOREST: Jose Sa, Nelson Semedo, Kilman, Gomes, Jonny, Hwang, Joao Moutinho, Matheus Luiz, Ait Nouri, Jimenez, Goncalo Guedes. Substitutes: Matheus Cunha, Collins, Neves, Daniel Podence, Sarkic, Adama Traore, Hodge, Bueno, Lambikisa.
With six changes, everything has changed for visitors (mostly). Arriving are Jose Sa, Nelson Semedo, Maximilian Kilman, Matheus Nunes and Hwang Hee-chan and Joao Moutinho.
Here are the Wolves starting 11
Here is Nottingham Forest XI
Some early team news
Nottingham Forest made 10 changes to their side with the Wolves for the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.
Forest played second place in Saturday’s FA Cup defeat at Blackpool and Steve Cooper remembered all the Premier League team’s mainstays.
The Wolves have made six changes in the FA Cup from a side that played very well in Liverpool.
The rich history of Nottingham Forest is in this competition
By John Percy
Steve Cooper prepares another Brian Clough history lesson for his players as they aim for Nottingham Forest League Cup victory.
Cooper led Forest to his first quarterfinals since 1994 and will use Clough’s proud record in the competition as his inspiration.
Clough won the League Cup four times in the 1970s and 1980s and finished second twice, and Cooper will make a mini-presentation of these memorable matches in front of his team.
Ahead of the derby Forest will play against Midlands rivals Wolves, Cooper said: “I will definitely remind the players of the tournament’s headline date.
“The fans naturally think about it and maybe respectfully old people remember a little bit of the old days and then that gets filtered out.
“The same goes for us and the players. There’s always context for a game, and the context added to this game is the first quarterfinal in 29 years. I wouldn’t say it was a success, but a positive one.”
“The club also has tournament history and regardless of those things it’s already a quarterfinal. It’s a game we have to look forward to, take responsibility for and really stick with.”
Cooper also explained that a precious hour spent with Clough’s son, Nigel, made Forest even more appreciate his proud past.
Clough Junior spoke to Cooper at Forest’s training ground after his friendly game with League Two side Mansfield.
“I got some information from him about the past, which is great,” Cooper said. “There was also a nice picture of his father in the office while he was talking. I liked it and it meant something to me.
“It was a really great time. He’s obviously a nice guy and has directed over 1000 games which is unbelievable. I don’t know how he did it.”
Forest hasn’t lost at City Ground since September.