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Ipswich Town 2-1 Nottingham Forest

Daryl Murphy
Daryl Murphy scored just his second goal in seven matches

Ipswich moved up to fifth place in the Championship with victory over Nottingham Forest to improve their play-off prospects.

Daryl Murphy scored his 25th league goal of the season as he swept the ball into the the net after good work in the box from Freddie Sears.

However, Forest equalised when defender Christophe Berra scored an own goal nine minutes into the second half.

But Sears' deflected shot beat Karl Darlow to give Ipswich a vital win.

Nerves were evident in the host's game in the early exchanges as they struggled, with Henri Lansbury and Ben Osborn going close for Forest.

The Tractor Boys' confidence grew and striker Murphy scored following a brilliant one-two. The Championship's leading scorer headed the ball on to his strike partner Sears inside the box, before the ball was flicked back to Murphy, who fired into the net.

History-maker Murphy
Daryl Murphy became the first Ipswich Town player in 52 years to score 25 league goals

In the second half Arsenal loanee Chuba Akpom played a crucial role in Forest's equaliser, evading four players before seeing his shot cleared by keeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

However, Osborn sent the ball straight back into the box and as Berra stooped low he sent the ball into the back of his own net.

Forest continued to attack but with seven minutes left Sears scored his fourth successive goal at Portman Road. His shot took a big deflection off Michael Mancienne, looped into the air and in.

With Derby only managing to draw against relegation-threatened Millwall, Ipswich only need a win away to Blackburn to secure their play-off place.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"We may not have deserved to win but the reality is that we won and that's all that matters at this stage of the season.

"You would have thought that 78 points would have been enough, but everyone involved in the promotion race has been excellent.

"We have given ourselves a great chance to be involved in the play-offs, but we still have some work to do."

Forest boss Dougie Freedman:

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Freedman on Ipswich v Forest

"Over the last five games, the commitment and spirit has been there. We are just lacking a little at both ends of the pitch.

"I have got a good squad here and there was not a lot in that game. I definitely think it will click and the players have shown again that they are going to keep going and give their all for this football club."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 3Mings
  • 2ParrSubstituted forBruat 68'minutes
  • 8Skuse
  • 27BishopSubstituted forAndersonat 79'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 12HuntSubstituted forVarneyat 64'minutes
  • 9Murphy
  • 20Sears

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 11Anderson
  • 13Fryers
  • 15Varney
  • 17Bru
  • 21Hewitt
  • 29Ambrose

Nottm Forest

  • 1Darlow
  • 2LichajSubstituted forFoxat 62'minutes
  • 16Lascelles
  • 25Hobbs
  • 4Mancienne
  • 24Vaughan
  • 10Lansbury
  • 38OsbornSubstituted forWalkerat 86'minutes
  • 31AkpomSubstituted forBurkeat 80'minutes
  • 23Blackstock
  • 18Antonio

Substitutes

  • 13Fox
  • 17Kane
  • 21Paterson
  • 26Evtimov
  • 27Burke
  • 34Walker
  • 37Grant
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
25,199

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 2, Nottingham Forest 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 2, Nottingham Forest 1.

Booking

Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town).

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Henri Lansbury following a set piece situation.

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Cole Skuse tries a through ball, but Freddie Sears is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cole Skuse.

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Henri Lansbury tries a through ball, but Michail Antonio is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Tyler Walker replaces Ben Osborn.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 2, Nottingham Forest 1. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daryl Murphy with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Luke Varney (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Paul Anderson with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Chris Burke replaces Chuba Akpom.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Anderson replaces Teddy Bishop.

Attempt saved. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Chambers.

Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn tries a through ball, but Michail Antonio is caught offside.

Foul by Luke Varney (Ipswich Town).

Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Karl Darlow tries a through ball, but Dexter Blackstock is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tyrone Mings.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Kevin Bru replaces Jonathan Parr.

Attempt missed. Luke Varney (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Teddy Bishop with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Luke Varney replaces Stephen Hunt.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Daniel Fox replaces Eric Lichaj because of an injury.

Delay in match Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) because of an injury.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Chuba Akpom (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

Attempt blocked. Chuba Akpom (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Own Goal by Christophe Berra, Ipswich Town. Ipswich Town 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

Attempt saved. Chuba Akpom (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Mancienne.

Attempt missed. Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Watford452771190494188
2Bournemouth442412892454784
3Middlesbrough452591168373184
4Norwich4524111084463883
5Ipswich4522121170511978
6Derby4521141085533277
7Brentford452291475591675
8Wolves4521121266541275
9Blackburn451616136357664
10Charlton451418135457-360
11Birmingham451515155364-1160
12Nottm Forest451514167067359
13Cardiff451514165560-559
14Sheff Wed451417144248-659
15Leeds451510205061-1155
16Huddersfield451315175875-1754
17Fulham451410216079-1952
18Bolton441312195463-951
19Reading441211214467-2347
20Brighton451016194454-1046
21Rotherham441015194466-2242
22Millwall45914224072-3241
23Wigan45912243961-2239
24Blackpool45413283691-5525
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