Bolstered by a raucous pursuit away, Wolves dominated the game from start to finish as they attacked of their own accord against Forrest’s weak team with low confidence after a difficult start to the championship season.
But despite their dominance, Wolves struggled to find the back of the net in the first half and saw many good chances squandered.
The match threatened to drive them away in the early stages of the second half, but after they regained their composure and recovered, two quick goals put them in control.
Those two goals came within two minutes as Roman Sais routinely met a short corner kick to take advantage of the goal, before Daniel Budens came back to score from injury with a fine finishing touch.
Forrest made some offensive changes in an attempt to get back into the match but found it difficult to get the ball, before Wolves added the third goal through Francisco Trincao.
But Wolves didn’t end there, and soon added a fourth through Morgan Gibbs-White to claim his first win under his new boss.
Laage made seven changes to his side after Sunday’s Premier League loss, but kept a 3-4-3 formation.
It was the same at the back but there was a change between the sticks as John Rudy replaced Jose Sa, who traveled but was not on the team. Young Andreas Sondergaard was the reserve goalkeeper on the bench.
Winger Ki-Jana Hoover and Ryan Ait Nouri also joined the squad, along with midfielder Leander Dendoncker.
The top three were completely changed from Sunday’s game, with Fabio Silva, Gibbs White and Bowdens coming in. The latter is back from injury, after having surgery to fix a groin problem in May, and has made his debut this season.
Luke Cundle was the only other academic talent selected from the bench, appointing Wolves a strong seat.
Chris Hughton has made 10 changes to his Forest team, naming the weak side.
The wolves started the game fairly brightly and kept finding Ait Nouri in acres of space on the left side.
Their first big chance came from him, too, when he raced to the sideline and cross for Bodens. The strong wing effort from 10 yards was well saved by Ethan Horvath.
Bodens got another great opportunity soon after when Joao Moutinho found him a fine pass over Forrest’s defense. He rotated the goalkeeper but failed to clear his shot, before attempting an audacious backhand that was swept off the line.
The Wolves continued to systematically weaken Forrest, controlling possession and finding complex passes through their defense. Somehow, after 23 minutes, they didn’t take the lead after Budens played again and his shot from a tight angle overpowered Horvath but bounced off the inside of the far post and fell into the keeper’s arms.
Lage got frustrated on the sidelines when his side slowed play and passed sideways at times, but they were in control of the ball and the game as Forrest sat exceptionally deep and offered no threat going forward. Louis Graban was struggling to hold the ball when it was played forward and was isolated as Wolverhampton’s defenders easily sent him off.
Despite the dominance of Wolverhampton, they were unable to achieve a breakthrough and entered the first half with a 0-0 draw.
The hosts started the second half quickly and almost went ahead when Oliver Hammond advanced unmarked at the far post but with a long header.
But the wolves regained their composure and regained the ball, two minutes before the magic before the hour was up, putting them in strong control.
First, a short corner was made for Hever who was whipped into a cross and found Saiss on the back post who made it home in front of the raucous traveling fans.
Then, two minutes later, Silva expertly recovered the ball and darted towards goal before passing to Bodens who calmly took the touch and then finished the match after Horvath with precision.
Forrest’s goalkeeper then paused to deny Silva, Max Kellmann and Saiss as it looked like Wolves would do more damage to the hosts.
From this moment on, the Wolves’ task was rather easy, as they controlled the ball and controlled the Forest team, who tried unsuccessfully to return to the match.
Then, to add salt to the wounds, Trincao tapped into a fine pass from Silva to score for Wolves’ third goal – and his first for Wolves – before Gibbs White quickly added a late fourth with a superb shot from 20 yards.
Wolverhampton fans enjoyed the last few minutes of the match and sang their team’s comfortable 4-0 win, putting them into the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Wolves: Rudy, Kellman, Cady, Sais, Hoover, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Ait Nouri (Traori, 82), Bodens (Trinkau, 66), Gibbs White, Silva (Condel, 91).
Unused subs: Sondergaard, Semedo, Neves, Jimenez.
Woods: Horvath, Buck, Fernandez, Harbutel, Richardson, Garner (Cafu, 73), Furnah, Colback, Hammond (Maiten, 73), Konate, Graban (Taylor, 61).
Unused subs: Smith, Gabriel, Figueiredo, Carvalho.