Championship
IpswichIpswich Town1Nottm ForestNottingham Forest0
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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Nottingham Forest 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Digby replaces Ben Pringle.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Luke Varney (Ipswich Town).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Luke Varney replaces Brett Pitman.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Hand ball by Ben Pringle (Ipswich Town).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Booking

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jorge Grant (Nottingham Forest).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    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.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Chris Cohen replaces Bojan Jokic.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Deimantas Petravicius replaces Ryan Mendes.

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