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Summary

  1. FT: Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest
  2. Forest's Assombalonga scores after 17 seconds
  3. Striker adds second on stroke of half-time
  4. QPR beat Norwich on Holloway return
  5. Preston 0-0 Wolves in Lambert's first game

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By Josh Hunt, Gary Smee and Matt Newsum

All times stated are UK

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Until tomorrow...

FT: Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest

So, an excellent performance from Nottingham Forest wraps up another Saturday in the English Football League.

I'll be back with more Championship live text coverage tomorrow, as Leeds United host leaders Newcastle in a 13:15 kick-off.

Until then, goodbye.

Post-match reaction: Joyce off the mark as Wigan boss

FT: Barnsley 0-0 Wigan

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Wigan boss Warren Joyce got off the mark with a draw against Barnsley that secures his first point as manager. Neither side troubled the scoreboard in game which saw Adam Bogdan injured and Jussi Jaaskelainen - at the age of 41 - come on as replacement.

Wigan Athletic boss Warren Joyce said:

"I thought we did deserve the point. The way we defended, the way the lads put their bodies on the line second half, I thought it would be a travesty if we didn't get something out of the game.

"It was a good performance bearing in mind we came into the game, having lost one player this morning (to illness).

"The keeper (Adam Bogdan) gets stretchered off too, it throws a couple of curveballs and we've had to react and deal with the situation well.

Read the match report here

Post-match reaction: "We showed great mentality"

FT: Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier told Sky Sports:

"I'm very happy because it's our first victory away.

"We were more efficient to score, we had 12 shots and nine on target.

"We showed great defensive mentality, in the second half we suffered, Ipswich took a lot of risk, but the most important thing was to show defensive mentality to kill the game."

Post-match reaction: Wigan paid Tykes respect - Heckingbottom

FT: Barnsley 0-0 Wigan

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Neither Barnsley or Wigan were able to find the net in a stalemate that leaves the Tykes in mid-table. Both teams were promoted last season but the Yorkshire club has settled in better to life in the Championship thus far.

Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom said:

"My only sort of criticism would be that we didn't work the keeper enough today. I thought we controlled the game from start to finish and we're disappointed we didn't get the three points there, definitely.

"Today showed how far as a club we've come, against a team that came up with us and romped our league.

"Their set-up and line-up, playing without a striker, a centre-midfielder at right midfield and the first sub is a left-back, so that shows that they came here paying us the utmost respect, trying to nullify us, which they did."

Read the match report here

Post-match reaction: Set-piece woes give Wagner headache

FT: Cardiff 3-2 Huddersfield

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Huddersfield's early season form has ebbed away, leaving the Terriers with four defeats in six. Philip Billing's goal was good enough to win any game here but they ended up with nothing - although they do remain fourth.

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner said:

The away form isn't worrying. The form is good, we just need to sort out the set-pieces.

"We've scored two goals, but come away with nothing? We just need to keep on working on it and hope it improves.

"We have to blame ourselves for how easy we gave the goals away."

Read the match report here

FT: Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest

So, surely that defeat piles the pressure back on Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy. 

You can read Gary Smee's match report here.

Now let's have a bit more reaction from the Championship's 15:00 GMT kick-offs...

Reaction: "It's a stepping stone for us"

FT: Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga told Sky Sports:

"I've got to take a precaution. I was feeling a bit tight [hamstring] so I didn't want to carry on and make it worse. But it's nothing.

"Winning 2-0 away from home and getting a clean sheet is a stepping stone for us and we want to carry on from it."

FT: Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest

It's a first clean sheet for Nottingham Forest this season, as well as their first away win.

The result takes them up to 18th in the table, just one place below their opponents tonight.

FULL-TIME: Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest

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Boos ring out around Portman Road as the referee calls an end to proceedings.

It's now just one win in six home games for Ipswich, who slide to 17th in the table.

Nottingham Forest were deserved victors, never looking like taking less than three points from the game from the moment Britt Assombalonga put them one goal up after just 17 seconds.

Into added time

Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest

Four minutes of added time are all that is left to be played at Portman Road.

Ipswich haven't looked like pulling a goal back for some time.

Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest

Mick McCarthy cuts an unhappy figure on the touchline - his side have been outplayed in all areas tonight by a side which hadn't won a league game away from home this season.

There's only one minute, plus added time, for Ipswich to mount an improbable comeback.

Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest have done nothing going forward for the last ten minutes or so, but they're almost handed a third goal on a plate.

A long ball forward isn't headed away properly, allowing Apostolos Vellios to rifle a shot on goal, which is hit straight at Bartosz Bialkowski in the Ipswich goal.

The visitors make their final change of the match with five minutes to go, Thomas Lam brought off with Jorge Grant coming on.

Post-match reaction: Win gives Warnock buzz to stay 'in work'

FT: Cardiff 3-2 Huddersfield Town

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Neil Warnock's Cardiff picked up their third win in six since his arrival in early October as replacement for Paul Trollope. Three first-half goals were enough to see off the Terriers, who scored a peach through Philip Billing in vain.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said:

"It's games like these that keep me out of retirement. You can't replicate the feeling when you hear the final whistle and get a result like that

"Everyone gave everything on the pitch - there were no shirkers.

"It was just a cracking Championship game today. I would've taken a point before the game started."

Read the match report here

Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest

Just watching that Tom Lawrence appeal back, if there was any contact, it was only very faint. Probably a good decision from the referee not to award the penalty.

Apostolos Vellios is isolated up front for Nottingham Forest. You can't help but feel it's only a matter of time until the visitors concede if they don't keep hold of the ball a little more.

Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest

Ipswich win a free-kick midway inside the Forest half, but Luke Varney can't get enough power on his header and it's easily saved by Vladimir Stojkovic.

Varney is causing a few more problems for the Forest defence, but with less than 15 minutes to play plus added time, the hosts need a goal quickly.

Tom Lawrence goes down inside the visitors' box and appeals for a penalty. It's hard to tell if there was any contact.

Post-match reaction: Stam tempers Royals top-four talk

FT: Reading 3-0 Burton

Reading maintained their impressive form, recording a fourth straight win against Burton to climb to third in the Championship. Dominic Samuel, Danny WIlliams and an own-goal from John Brayford sealed the points.

Reading boss Jaap Stam said:

"Yes, it's a lovely position to be in. It's good to win games and it's good to get points because there are a lot of games to be played in this league this season.

"Hopefully we can stay up there, but we're not aiming for that third or fourth spot yet. We're not focused on getting into a certain position in the table.

"We just want to do well, we want to perform. Then towards the end of the season, maybe we can then be realistic about looking at where we can end up. I keep repeating myself, there's a long way to go."

Read the match report here

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Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest

Ipswich are committing ever more bodies forward, and Nottingham Forest are looking ever more dangerous on the counter.

Eric Lichaj moves to the left wing for the latest foray forward - he looks to have made some room for a shot as he cuts onto his stronger right foot, but a Tractor Boys defender gets back to make a crucial block.

The hosts make their final change of the match, striker Luke Varney coming on for full-back Josh Emmanuel. 

Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest

So close!

It's almost game over as a pass intended for Apostolos Vellios is deflected into the path of Pajtim Kasami, who thunders a shot against the post.

Bartosz Bialkowski had no chance in the Ipswich goal.

Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest

Apostolos Vellios gets an early chance to run at the Ipswich defence, with only two defenders ahead of him.

Ben Osborn is streaking forward behind him and to his left, but Vellios doesn't look up and spot him, so the attack fizzles out.

Daniel Pinillos comes off as Forest make their second change; former Chelsea and Hamburg defender Michael Mancienne is on as his replacement.

Post-match reaction: Neil frustrated by Canaries defending

FT: QPR 2-1 Norwich City

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Norwich City's defeat by QPR at Loftus Road extended their losing run to four games. The dismissal of Martin Olsson after 90 seconds was a crucial turning point at an early stage, leaving the Canaries with a disadvantage that Rangers took advantage of to secure the points.

Norwich City boss Alex Neil spoke to BBC Radio Norfolk:

"The players we've got are the players we've got, they've shown already - we won seven out of eight before, we're going through a slump and we've got to be strong enough to come through that.

"Everyone's working hard and I'm an honest and open man, I'll take any questions (at the club's AGM).

"Defensively we weren't good enough, but the first goal was nothing to do with us being down to 10 men. When you go down to 10 men and concede a goal it makes the rest of the job really difficult."

Read the match report here

Off comes Assombalonga

Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest

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Britt Assomablonga has scored both the goals tonight, but he becomes the first Nottingham Forest player to be substituted.

The striker has battled injuries this season, making just his fourth start tonight, and he may still be working his way back to full fitness.

Apostolos Vellios is the man who comes on to lead Forest's forward line for the rest of the game.

Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest

For all the talk of their attacking woes this season, it's the Ipswich defence which looks the more suspect unit.

Nottingham Forest are still being pushed back, but they're a threat every time they're able to launch a counter-attack. 

That said, the visitors will need to tighten up if they don't want to concede themselves, as they give Tom Lawrence room to power in a low shot, which Vladimir Stojkovic has to get down quickly to keep out.

Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest

Jonny Williams has made an immediate impact for Ipswich since coming on, twice setting Freddie Sears free down the left-hand side.

Sears almost set Tom Lawrence up to get a shot away, but Forest's defence shepherds him away from goal.

At the other end, Henri Lansbury gets space just outside the box to fire at Bartosz Bialkowski's goal, but the keeper gets down to parry clear.

Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest

A bright start to the second half for Ipswich as the two substitutes combine to win a corner.

Kevin Bru picks out Jonny Williams inside the box, with his low cross cleared behind by centre-back Matt Mills.

There's a bit of a scramble at the back post from the set-play, but Forest eventually clear.

Back under way

Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest

The players are back out on to the field, with two changes for Ipswich as they try to get back into the game.

Kevin Bru and Jonny Williams are on in place of Grant Ward and Teddy Bishop.

Forest strikers "sensational"

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Former Nottingham Forest defender John Thompson on BBC Radio Nottingham:

"Forest have been better than Ipswich in every department.

"The front two have been sensational."

Post-match reaction: Coyle glad to edge five-goal thriller

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Blackburn came out on top in a five goal thriller which saw all the goals scored in the opening half. Brentford had gone in front inside a minute through Scott Hogan but Rovers rallied as the snow tipped down to pick up the three points.

Blackburn Rovers boss Owen Coyle told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It was another exciting Championship game, the football in the first half was excellent on a difficult pitch.

"Even more so after conceding a goal after 30 seconds, I had warned them about that threat.

"They were all a credit to themselves today, we were decimated by injuries and the three points were important on the back of the international break.

"There was guts, heart and spirit."

Read the match report here

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HT: Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest

So, goals from Britt Assombalonga inside the first and last minutes of the half have Nottingham Forest on course for their first away league win of the season.

You can let us know your thoughts on the game by tweeting us using the hashtag #bbcefl.

Ipswich fans, what needs to change to get your team back on track? Forest fans, are you confident of seeing the game out from here? 

Post-match reaction: Grayson happy to avoid Lambert slip

FT: Preston 0-0 Wolves

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Preston were seeking a fourth win in five from this meeting with Paul Lambert's Wolves but were unable to crack the visitors defence in a stalemate. Jordan Hugill went close late on, but missed while there could have been a penalty which James Linington waved away.

Preston boss Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"They had a spring in their step, they pressed us and stopped is from playing which is respect to us.

"We did say, just stay in the game and keep churning away and we'll get opportunities, Jordan Hugill went through one on one and you expect him to hit the back of the net. He's been exceptional all season that you can accept him missing an opportunity.

On the spot-kick 'non-award'.

"I couldn't tell if it was a penalty we didn't have a great camera angle. It would have been nice to get a penalty.".

Read the match report here

GOAL (Assombalonga)

HT: Ipswich 0-2 Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest's free-kick following that McGoldrick challenge is dealt with, but not fully cleared.

The ball comes back into the box, and Britt Assombalonga diverts it goalwards with his head to double his side's lead and take his personal tally to two goals on the stroke of half-time.

Ipswich have a huge amount of work to do after the break to rescue anything from the game.

Ipswich 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Not long left in the first half now, and it's looking increasingly like Nottingham Forest will be taking a one-goal lead into the dressing rooms.

David McGoldrick tries to change that, but his pass is cut out, and the Tractor Boys striker takes his frustration out a few moments later with a hefty challenge on Pajtim Kasami.

It's a booking - he can have few complaints about that.

Post-match reaction: 'Ollie' in dreamland after winning return

FT: QPR 2-1 Norwich City

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What a return to QPR for Ian Holloway whose second spell in charge began with victory against  Norwich City. Conor Washington and Seb Polter goals were enough to secure the points, and ensure Holloway basked in the glow of the Rangers support.

QPR boss Holloway told BBC Radio London:

"Almost dizzy, to be out for 18 months and watch other peoples creations, you can't get that buzz, Its been a roller-coaster. Elated, disappointed, re-elated.

"The longer it went on they got nervous, the more things that have happened showed a bit and I've got lots to help them with,

"Rangers fans singing 'We got our club back' meant something to me. Its a dream for me to be to try to work with the group and believe in themselves."

Ipswich 0-1 Nottingham Forest

That's why you keep a man on the post!

Forest defender Damien Perquis rises to head a corner towards goal, with Bartosz Bialkowski nowhere near the ball, but Jonas Knudsen is standing on the line to deny the visitors a two-goal lead.

Ipswich 0-1 Nottingham Forest

As always seems to be the case at some point in any given half of football, the game has gone a bit flat.

Nottingham Forest will be the happier of the two teams about that, as Ipswich had been threatening to get back on terms.

Ipswich 0-1 Nottingham Forest

It should be 1-1, but Ipswich are denied.

A beautiful flick from Tom Lawrence sets David McGoldrick away inside the box, but his left-footed effort is a shade too close to Forest keeper Valdimir Stojkovic and the goalkeeper tips it behind.

That was the hosts' best chance by a distance.

Ipswich 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Ipswich are definitely playing better inside their opponents' half, though they remain a little frail at the back.

Forest wing-back Eric Lichaj makes a little space to get a deflected cross in from the right, but Bartosz Bialkowski does well to backpedal, pluck the ball from the skies, and keep his side in contention.

Post-match reaction: McClaren happy as Rams roll on

FT: Derby 3-0 Rotherham

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Derby made it three wins in a row as they beat Rotherham 3-0 with two goals from Tom Ince and one from Darren Bent. It could have been ever greater in terms of margin but for two missed spot kicks by Ince.

Derby boss Steve McClaren told BBC Radio Derby:

"Very pleased, clean sheet, three goals, should have been more. We had to put a marker down, I think we did.

"We'll take that, two weeks ago against Wolves we made it too much of an open game today we really controlled it.

"At least five weeks ago we weren't looking like scoring, now we're creating chances and look like scoring - as long as we keep a clean sheet we'll pick up points."

Read the match report here.

Ipswich 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Ipswich, having failed to make their mark in the first 20 minutes, are now pushing for an equaliser.

Josh Emmanuel looks lively when he gets the ball down the right, while Tom Lawrence's deliveries from set-pieces are causing a little trouble.

Still no shots on target for the hosts, but encouraging signs at least after a difficult start.

Ipswich 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Ipswich get a shot away - their first of the match - Tom Lawrence trying his luck with a free-kick from around 30 yards out.

It's well struck, but always heading wide.

Ipswich 0-1 Nottingham Forest

Ipswich left-back Jonas Knudsen concedes possession with a sloppy pass inside his own half, allowing Britt Assombalonga to advance with the ball.

Forest eventually win a free-kick which is easily saved, but moments later Pajtim Kasami is given far too much space to get a shot away again, with Bartosz Bialkowski having to push the ball behind for a corner.