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Ipswich Town 0-2 Nottingham Forest

Britt Assombalonga goal
Britt Assombalonga scored his fifth league goal of the season in the first minute

Nottingham Forest's Britt Assombalonga scored his first of two goals after just 17 seconds to lead his side to a Championship win at struggling Ipswich.

The striker latched onto Ben Osborn's through ball to slot home the fastest goal in the second tier this season.

Assombalonga's close-range header made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time.

Despite Ipswich piling forward after the break, Pajtim Kasami almost added a third for Forest but his fierce strike hit the outside of the post.

The defeat puts the pressure back on Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy following their 2-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday two weeks earlier, with the Suffolk side's lack of potency in front of goal returning.

The Tractor Boys, who lost prolific striker Daryl Murphy to Newcastle in August, have only scored 14 goals in 17 league games, the joint-lowest in the division alongside Wigan.

Assombalonga, who missed much of last season with a serious knee injury, showed the clinical touch the hosts lacked, finishing low into the bottom corner almost straight from the kick-off.

David McGoldrick had Ipswich's best chance, but his curling first-half effort from 12 yards was tipped wide by Vladimir Stojkovic.

And moments later Assombalonga pounced on hesitant defending to score his sixth goal in eight Championship appearances.

Ipswich were more attacking in the second half and Tom Lawrence had two penalty appeals waved away, but a Forest defence which has conceded 30 goals this season held firm for their first clean sheet of the season.

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 29EmmanuelSubstituted forVarneyat 70'minutes
  • 4Chambers
  • 6Berra
  • 3Knudsen
  • 7BishopSubstituted forWilliamsat 45'minutes
  • 8Skuse
  • 18WardSubstituted forBruat 45'minutes
  • 27Lawrence
  • 20Sears
  • 10McGoldrickBooked at 44mins

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 12Varney
  • 17Bru
  • 21Williams
  • 22Douglas
  • 23Dozzell
  • 30Kenlock

Nottm Forest

  • 38Stojkovic
  • 5Mills
  • 27Perquis
  • 42Worrall
  • 2Lichaj
  • 22Kasami
  • 10LansburyBooked at 69mins
  • 28LamSubstituted forGrantat 85'minutes
  • 3PinillosSubstituted forMancienneat 63'minutes
  • 11Osborn
  • 9AssombalongaSubstituted forVelliosat 56'minutesBooked at 57mins

Substitutes

  • 4Mancienne
  • 12Dumitru
  • 18Carayol
  • 20Licá
  • 30Henderson
  • 37Grant
  • 39Vellios
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
15,417

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 0, Nottingham Forest 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Nottingham Forest 2.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

Attempt missed. Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Bru.

Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Williams with a cross.

Foul by Luke Varney (Ipswich Town).

Pajtim Kasami (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jorge Grant replaces Thomas Lam.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

Attempt saved. Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

Foul by Luke Varney (Ipswich Town).

Damien Perquis (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Henri Lansbury.

Attempt blocked. Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Varney.

Attempt saved. Luke Varney (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Lawrence with a cross.

Luke Varney (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonas Knudsen.

Attempt saved. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Eric Lichaj.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Luke Varney replaces Joshua Emmanuel.

Booking

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt blocked. Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pajtim Kasami.

Foul by Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town).

Pajtim Kasami (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest).

Pajtim Kasami (Nottingham Forest) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt blocked. Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eric Lichaj.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Michael Mancienne replaces Daniel Pinillos.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Christophe Berra tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Freddie Sears with a cross.

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest).

Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).

Booking

Apostolos Vellios (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle16121334132137
2Brighton17105226101635
3Reading179442318531
4Huddersfield179261921-229
5Birmingham177732218428
6Norwich178362929027
7Leeds168261917226
8Fulham176742419525
9Sheff Wed177461820-225
10Bristol City177372320324
11Preston177372220224
12Derby176561513223
13QPR176561923-423
14Brentford176472319422
15Barnsley176472724322
16Aston Villa1741031817122
17Ipswich175661417-321
18Nottm Forest175482730-319
19Wolves174671921-218
20Burton174671823-518
21Cardiff175391727-1018
22Blackburn174491927-816
23Wigan173681419-515
24Rotherham1714121741-247
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