Nottingham Forest 0-0 Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town's Christophe Berra wins the ball above Nottingham Forest's Darius Henderson

Nottingham Forest's search for their first home win since 28 September continued after they were held to a goalless draw by Ipswich.

The visitors went close when David McGoldrick's shot flew wide, before Daryl Murphy's header missed by inches.

Forest should have taken a second-half lead, but were denied by keeper Dean Gerken, who pounced to cut out a cross before Simon Cox had a chance to shoot.

The result leaves Forest in seventh, two points ahead of Ipswich.

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Post-match: Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy

Town had started the stronger, with Frank Nouble only denied a fine solo goal by a strong save from Karl Darlow after the forward had carried the ball half the length of the pitch.

Forest improved and had a shout for a penalty when Cox prodded the ball past Gerken before going down as the keeper slid in at his feet. Referee Scott Mathieson waved play-on following protests.

Cox was then unlucky when he steered a header against the bar, while at the other end McGoldrick forced Darlow into a great save before the interval.

After the break, the unlikely figure of Christophe Berra almost netted a well-worked winner for Ipswich as he charged into the box before striking a low shot that Darlow did well to push away.

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies on the Simon Cox penalty decision:

"These things happen, some you get, some you don't. It is what it is."

He added: "We played against a side that is on fire. I thought for the majority of the game, we controlled it and 90% of our play was good.

"But, ultimately, football is all about chances - and you have to take your chances."

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy:

"It was a fabulous decision [to not give a penalty for challenge on Simon Cox]. He (the referee) got it right.

"He got the decision correct and he should be lauded for that. It is not me seeing things through rose-coloured specs. I have seen it and it was not a penalty.

"(Cox) was offside as well, to be quite honest, so all in all it was a good decision."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1QPR2012621442
2Burnley2011721740
3Leicester2012351039
4Derby2011451637
5Reading20974734
6Leeds201037933
7Nottm Forest20884732
8Brighton20875731
9Blackpool20875031
10Ipswich20866630
11Blackburn20767127
12Huddersfield20758126
13Watford20677225
14Birmingham20659023
15Wigan18648-122
16Bolton19577-322
17Bournemouth206410-1422
18Millwall20569-1521
19Middlesbrough20488-120
20Doncaster205510-1720
21Charlton204610-918
22Sheff Wed19388-817
23Yeovil204511-1017
24Barnsley203611-1915
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