Nottingham Forest's search for their first home win since 28 September continued after they were held to a goalless draw by Ipswich.

The visitors went close when David McGoldrick's shot flew wide, before Daryl Murphy's header missed by inches.

Forest should have taken a second-half lead, but were denied by keeper Dean Gerken, who pounced to cut out a cross before Simon Cox had a chance to shoot.

The result leaves Forest in seventh, two points ahead of Ipswich.

Town had started the stronger, with Frank Nouble only denied a fine solo goal by a strong save from Karl Darlow after the forward had carried the ball half the length of the pitch.

Forest improved and had a shout for a penalty when Cox prodded the ball past Gerken before going down as the keeper slid in at his feet. Referee Scott Mathieson waved play-on following protests.

Cox was then unlucky when he steered a header against the bar, while at the other end McGoldrick forced Darlow into a great save before the interval.

After the break, the unlikely figure of Christophe Berra almost netted a well-worked winner for Ipswich as he charged into the box before striking a low shot that Darlow did well to push away.

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies on the Simon Cox penalty decision:

"These things happen, some you get, some you don't. It is what it is."

He added: "We played against a side that is on fire. I thought for the majority of the game, we controlled it and 90% of our play was good.

"But, ultimately, football is all about chances - and you have to take your chances."

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy:

"It was a fabulous decision [to not give a penalty for challenge on Simon Cox]. He (the referee) got it right.

"He got the decision correct and he should be lauded for that. It is not me seeing things through rose-coloured specs. I have seen it and it was not a penalty.

"(Cox) was offside as well, to be quite honest, so all in all it was a good decision."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Darlow
  • 15 Halford
  • 03 Harding
  • 07 Chalobah (Jara - 90' )
  • 16 Lascelles
  • 25 Hobbs
  • 12 Mackie (Henderson - 68' )
  • 10 Lansbury Booked
  • 31 Cox Booked
  • 11 Reid
  • 39 Abdoun (Derbyshire - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Lichaj
  • 09 Henderson
  • 18 Jara
  • 21 Paterson
  • 27 Derbyshire
  • 28 Majewski
  • 29 de Vries

Ipswich Town

  • 22 Gerken
  • 04 Chambers
  • 03 Cresswell Booked
  • 08 Skuse
  • 06 Berra
  • 05 Smith
  • 19 Hyam
  • 16 Tunnicliffe
  • 09 Murphy
  • 10 McGoldrick (Mings - 90' )
  • 35 Nouble

Substitutes

  • 01 Loach
  • 07 Edwards
  • 11 Anderson
  • 12 Hunt
  • 15 Mings
  • 17 Graham
  • 18 Tabb
Ref: Scott Mathieson
Att: 20,966

Match Stats

Shots

18 10

On target

6 3

Corners

7 4

Fouls

8 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Ipswich Town 0.

90:00 +4:20 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Ipswich Town 0.

90:00 +3:40

Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

90:00 +3:40

Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:26

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Andy Reid tries a through ball, but Matt Derbyshire is caught offside.

89:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Gonzalo Jara replaces Nathaniel Chalobah.

89:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Tyrone Mings replaces David McGoldrick.

88:48

Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from long range on the right is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

88:23

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:23

Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

87:51

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

86:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matt Derbyshire replaces Djamel Abdoun.

82:35

Attempt blocked. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross.

82:07

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Greg Halford.

80:53

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Daniel Harding.

79:24

Attempt missed. Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun with a cross following a set piece situation.

78:20

Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:20

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

77:30

Attempt saved. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Frank Nouble.

74:43

Attempt saved. Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

73:52

Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:52

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

73:24

Attempt missed. Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Frank Nouble.

71:45

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

69:47

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

68:09

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

68:09

Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Darius Henderson replaces Jamie Mackie.

64:16

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

62:59

Attempt missed. Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun with a cross following a corner.

62:38

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

62:36

Attempt blocked. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Reid.

62:23

Attempt blocked. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Greg Halford.

61:28

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

59:43

Delay in match Dean Gerken (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

59:03 Booking

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

59:01 Booking

Booking Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.

57:35

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

57:35

Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:25

Attempt saved. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross.

55:11

Foul by Daniel Harding (Nottingham Forest).

55:11

Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:30

Offside, Ipswich Town. Daryl Murphy tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.

49:53

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Chalobah (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross following a set piece situation.

49:25

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:25

Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town).

46:43

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

46:43

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

46:00

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

46:00

Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Nottingham Forest 0, Ipswich Town 0.

45:00 +2:23 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Nottingham Forest 0, Ipswich Town 0.

45:00 +1:23

Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Frank Nouble with a headed pass.

45:00 +0:27

Nathaniel Chalobah (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:27

Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town).

43:14

Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:14

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

40:42

Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high from a direct free kick.

40:10

Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:10

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

38:43

Offside, Ipswich Town. Daryl Murphy tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.

33:20

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

31:00

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

31:00

Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

29:57

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

28:02

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Chalobah (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

27:05

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

26:44

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

24:57

Delay in match Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

23:47

Attempt saved. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross.

23:38

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

23:17

Attempt blocked. Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Reid.

21:16

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:16

Foul by Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town).

20:38

Attempt saved. Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

20:35

Attempt blocked. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Djamel Abdoun with a cross.

19:56

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luke Hyam.

16:24

Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Simon Cox.

15:14

Attempt saved. Djamel Abdoun (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Greg Halford with a headed pass.

14:04 Booking

Booking Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

13:51

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Daniel Harding.

13:48

Attempt saved. Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Hyam.

12:39

Attempt blocked. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

12:12

Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:12

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

11:44

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Christophe Berra with a headed pass following a corner.

11:03

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

11:02

Attempt blocked. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Chambers.

9:01

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Mackie tries a through ball, but Simon Cox is caught offside.

8:18

Attempt saved. Nathaniel Chalobah (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

6:32

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Henri Lansbury tries a through ball, but Simon Cox is caught offside.

2:43

Foul by Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest).

2:43

Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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