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Ipswich Town 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Daryl Murphy

Daryl Murphy's header earned Ipswich a point at home to Nottingham Forest and denied their play-off chasing rivals a first win in 10 matches.

Managerless Forest took the lead when Danny Collins met Daniel Fox's corner.

Jamie Paterson almost doubled the advantage with a deflected shot, before Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was denied an equaliser by a smart Karl Darlow save.

The keeper then denied Murphy, but the striker levelled to leave both sides sitting two points off the play-offs.

Reading's home draw with Huddersfield kept them in the final play-off position with seven games of the season remaining.

Forest's last win came at Huddersfield on 11 February and rounded off a run of 16 games without defeat.

Since then, they are yet to win and after sacking Billy Davies as manager last week, they go into the crucial final stages of the season with Gary Brazil still in caretaker charge.

His side led after just four minutes when ex-Ipswich loanee Collins found the net with an expertly-guided header.

Mick McCarthy's side were behind inside a minute in their win over Derby on Tuesday and they again responded admirably, with Stephen Hunt's searching low cross well held by Darlow, and Paul Anderson just missing the far post with a speculative volley.

Paterson worked space in the Ipswich area but his shot was deflected just wide of the far post on 24 minutes as Forest pressed for a second, while Jamie Mackie had a low shot saved by the feet of Dean Gerken.

Ipswich responded after the break and almost levelled when Aaron Cresswell's free kick was met by substitute Ebanks-Blake, only for Darlow to save superbly and Murphy to miss from the rebound.

The Forest keeper again came to the rescue with 20 minutes left when Murphy latched onto some tenacious play by Jonny Williams, but his curling effort was tipped round the post.

The Republic of Ireland International would not be denied though and headed his 11th goal of the season from Frank Nouble's cross.

Nouble saw a stinging shot saved late on and Forest substitute Matt Derbyshire headed wide as the sides shared a point.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "We were outplayed in the first half and they were very good. Dean Gerken was man-of-the-match at half-time and Karl Darlow was man-of-the-match in the second half.

"We could have won it, but we could have been 3-0 down. We were excellent in the second half and we would have liked to have won it, but I am pleased with seven points from nine."

Nottingham Forest caretaker boss Gary Brazil on his future: "I am sure I will speak with the owner over the weekend and there was a massive improvement from Tuesday night's defeat to Charlton.

"I am sure he will be looking at all avenues but while I have got the job, I will do it to the best of my ability. The players have been fantastic."

Line-ups

Ipswich

Formation 4-5-1

  • 22Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 3Cresswell
  • 8Skuse
  • 6Berra
  • 5Smith
  • 11AndersonSubstituted forEbanks-Blakeat 35'minutes
  • 19Hyam
  • 9Murphy
  • 25WilliamsBooked at 79minsSubstituted forGreenat 85'minutes
  • 12HuntSubstituted forNoubleat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 15Mings
  • 16Green
  • 18Tabb
  • 24Richardson
  • 27Ebanks-Blake
  • 35Nouble

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1DarlowBooked at 90mins
  • 37Peltier
  • 13FoxBooked at 73mins
  • 18JaraBooked at 47mins
  • 15HalfordBooked at 27mins
  • 5Collins
  • 12Mackie
  • 14Greening
  • 38Osborn
  • 28MajewskiSubstituted forDerbyshireat 86'minutes
  • 21Paterson

Substitutes

  • 3Harding
  • 20Tudgay
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 29de Vries
  • 30McLaughlin
  • 31Cox
  • 40Blake
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
17,955

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away21

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

  4. Post update

    Lee Peltier (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Booking

    Karl Darlow (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Paul Green with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Danny Collins.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cole Skuse.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Nottingham Forest. Lee Peltier tries a through ball, but Matt Derbyshire is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town).

  13. Post update

    Lee Peltier (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Fox with a cross following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Cole Skuse.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matt Derbyshire replaces Radoslaw Majewski.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Green replaces Jonathan Williams.

  18. Post update

    Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Greening (Nottingham Forest).

  20. Post update

    Offside, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Paterson tries a through ball, but Radoslaw Majewski is caught offside.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester38267572353785
2Burnley392213464333179
3QPR392010948331570
4Derby392091069452469
5Wigan381891151371463
6Reading3916121160461460
7Nottm Forest39141695648858
8Ipswich391513115144758
9Brighton381511123933656
10Bournemouth391510145355-255
11Watford3813131260471352
12Blackburn381313124950-152
13Middlesbrough391116124943649
14Sheff Wed391212154847148
15Leeds38138175258-647
16Huddersfield391210175054-446
17Bolton391015145055-545
18Doncaster391110183557-2243
19Blackpool391012173354-2142
20Birmingham391010194959-1040
21Charlton36811172647-2135
22Barnsley38811193865-2735
23Millwall39712203769-3233
24Yeovil39711213762-2532
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