Match Of The Week: Nottingham Forest 0-1 Wolves

It has now been a shade over twenty-nine years since Wolves beat Nottingham Forest in the League Cup final Wembley. Andy Gray’s second half goal won the competition for the Black Country club, but times have changed a lot since then. At the time of this meeting between the two clubs, Forest were the European champions and would go on to retain that particular crown at the end of that season, whilst the goalscorer Gray was the subject of the record British transfer fee at the time. The intervening years have not been particularly kind to either club. Wolves, it seemed, were at the cusp of regaining the greatness that they had attained during the 1950s. The crippling financial realities of the early 1980s, however, hit them harder than most and by 1987 they were in Division Four. Forest, against the odds, hung on in the top flight until 1993, but have only spent a handful of seasons in the Premier League since then. Their fortunes have been very different this season. Forest were promoted in second place in League One last season, but have been in or around the relegation places in the Championship for much of this season. They sacked manager Colin Calderwood on Boxing Day, but haven’t seen much of an improvement to their fortunes under his replacement, Billy Davies, and continue to falter in the...

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