Though Nottingham gradually assumed control of the game’s flow, the Wildcats kept that lead for much of the first half. Things turned, though, after Bulldogs goalie Bior Ajok made a diving, point-blank kick save on Sutherland in the 35th minute.
Instead of a two-goal lead, WG found itself tied when, a few minutes later, it fouled Almedin Bektic inside the 18-yard box. Bektic, who had a three-goal hat trick in the September meeting, converted the penalty kick, and it was tied 1-1 at the break.
As the second half wore on, the Bulldogs continued to attack, moving ahead for good in the 57th minute when Emrah Salkic belted a 25-yard shot from the point into the right side of the net.
Just three minutes later, another foul inside the 18-yard box led to another penalty kick that Semir Salkic put home to make it 3-1, and Bektic tacked on an insurance goal with 12 seconds left.