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Last Updated: Friday, 11 April, 2003, 20:48 GMT 21:48 UK
Forest thwart Wolves

Nottingham Forest 2-2 Wolves

Forest's Michael Dawson celebrates his winning goal
Dawson scores his fifth goal of the season

Michael Dawson and David Johnson salvaged a point for Nottingham Forest over promotion-chasing rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday.

Wolves went into half-time with a 2-1 lead thanks to goals from Nathan Blake and Colin Cameron.

But Paul Hart's side refused to lie down and battled back to share the honours and close the gap on third-placed Sheffield United to a single point.

Blake scored the opener when he collected a probing pass from Denis Irwin and struck the net from 10 yards out.

Wolves doubled their advantage when Cameron advanced through the middle and slotted to the left of exposed Forest keeper Gavin Ward.

But the Forest fightback began five minutes before the interval when Andy Reid cut in field from the left and then supplied an astute pass for Johnson.

The 25-goal striker sprang the offside trap and buried the ball under advancing Wolves keeper Matt Murray.

Joleon Lescott was solid at the back for Wolves and it was Johnson who lost out again while lifting his foot to shoot after crossing the face of the penalty area.

Danger man Reid went close to restoring parity after the hour but fired wide through a crowded box.

But central defender Dawson's predatory instincts proved much sharper as he rose to head home a 74th-minute Riccardo Scimeca free-kick.

Murray had come off his line but failed to claim the ball under pressure to hand Forest a deserved share of the points.




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BBC Five Live's David Oates
"Not an ideal result for either side"


Forest boss Paul Hart
"We took the game to them after a disappointing start"



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