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Ipswich Town 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Ben Pringle
Ben Pringle scored his second Ipswich goal in only his fourth game

Ben Pringle's strike gave Ipswich a win over Nottingham Forest at Portman Road to move the hosts within one point of the Championship play-off places.

Forest came the closest in a first half of few chances when defender Matt Mills headed a corner against the bar.

Pringle, on loan from Fulham, scored his second in successive games with an effort that went in off the post.

Thereafter, Forest failed to seriously trouble keeper Bartosz Bialkowski as they lost for the fourth straight game.

The result mirrors last Saturday, when Ipswich beat Huddersfield 1-0 thanks to a goal from Pringle, who has impressed in his four games since moving from Craven Cottage.

Following Sheffield Wednesday's defeat by Rotherham, Mick McCarthy's side close the gap to the play-offs, while Forest have lost four Championship games in a row for the first time since December 2011.

Dougie Freedman's side did have the clearer opportunities in the first half, with Ipswich keeper Bialkowski needing to be at his best to stop Nelson Oliveira's curling effort.

Following Pringle's goal Ipswich almost grabbed another when Brett Pitman forced Dorus de Vries into a fine save as Ipswich extended their unbeaten run against Forest to six games.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "They were better than us in the first half and created a few chances, hitting the crossbar and Bart making a couple of good saves.

"But we were better in the second half and played some good football.

"Forest are a good side with good players and we had to work for everything to eke out the win. The upshot of it is that we kept a clean sheet and scored."

Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman: "We had three or four good chances in the first half - we certainly created enough to win the game.

"But our inability to score is crucifying us right now. The second half was more even and Ipswich managed to scramble a goal. We huffed and puffed but couldn't find an equaliser.

"I wanted us to give it a go today and, from a performance point of view, we were on the front foot.

"But we probably now need to go back to being resolute and hard to beat."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 3Knudsen
  • 44Foley
  • 17BruSubstituted forMaitland-Nilesat 45'minutes
  • 15PringleSubstituted forDigbyat 90+5'minutes
  • 20Sears
  • 19HyamBooked at 73mins
  • 11PitmanSubstituted forVarneyat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 7Maitland-Niles
  • 18Tabb
  • 37Digby
  • 39Toure
  • 41Dozzell
  • 42Varney

Nottm Forest

  • 1de Vries
  • 2Lichaj
  • 5Mills
  • 4MancienneBooked at 60mins
  • 3JokicSubstituted forCohenat 78'minutes
  • 15Mendes da GraçaSubstituted forPetraviciusat 78'minutes
  • 22Gardner
  • 24Vaughan
  • 38Osborn
  • 17OliveiraBooked at 73minsSubstituted forGrantat 78'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 23BlackstockBooked at 6mins

Substitutes

  • 6Wilson
  • 8Cohen
  • 26Evtimov
  • 29O'Grady
  • 32Tesche
  • 37Grant
  • 44Petravicius
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
20,658

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamNottm Forest
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home16
Away16
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Nottingham Forest 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Nottingham Forest 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Digby replaces Ben Pringle.

Foul by Luke Varney (Ipswich Town).

Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Luke Varney replaces Brett Pitman.

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Jorge Grant tries a through ball, but Deimantas Petravicius is caught offside.

Hand ball by Ben Pringle (Ipswich Town).

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Eric Lichaj tries a through ball, but Jorge Grant is caught offside.

Booking

Jorge Grant (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jorge Grant (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt blocked. Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Mancienne.

Attempt missed. Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Vaughan with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Attempt blocked. Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross.

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Chris Cohen replaces Bojan Jokic.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Deimantas Petravicius replaces Ryan Mendes.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jorge Grant replaces Nélson Oliveira.

Attempt missed. Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Luke Hyam.

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

Foul by Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest).

Booking

Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Attempt saved. Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Attempt missed. Ryan Mendes (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nélson Oliveira.

Attempt missed. Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Nottingham Forest 0. Ben Pringle (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin Foley.

Attempt missed. Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Osborn.

Booking

Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nélson Oliveira.

Attempt missed. Kevin Foley (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Brett Pitman.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley351911554272768
2Middlesbrough34207747202767
3Hull34197848202864
4Brighton351713549341564
5Derby351612747301760
6Sheff Wed351413850361455
7Cardiff35141384738955
8Birmingham34159104032854
9Ipswich34159104240254
10Preston351213103332149
11Reading341111124038244
12QPR351014114142-144
13Wolves351110144349-643
14Brentford35127164855-743
15Nottm Forest341012123231142
16Leeds34914113240-841
17Blackburn34913123332140
18Huddersfield35109164448-439
19Fulham35813145358-537
20Bristol City35910163155-2437
21MK Dons3598183048-1835
22Rotherham3595213959-2032
23Charlton35610193266-3428
24Bolton35413183358-2525
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