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.

Forest on a downward spiral

Nottingham Forest were undefeated in 16 matches in all competitions when they beat Huddersfield 3-0 on 11 February. Since then they have gone 10 games without a victory.

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."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Ipswich Town

  • 22 Gerken
  • 04 Chambers
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 08 Skuse
  • 06 Berra
  • 05 Smith
  • 11 Anderson (Ebanks-Blake - 35' )
  • 19 Hyam
  • 09 Murphy
  • 25 Williams Booked (Green - 85' )
  • 12 Hunt (Nouble - 45' )

Substitutes

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

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Darlow Booked
  • 37 Peltier
  • 13 Fox Booked
  • 18 Jara Booked
  • 15 Halford Booked
  • 05 Collins
  • 12 Mackie
  • 14 Greening
  • 38 Osborn
  • 28 Majewski (Derbyshire - 86' )
  • 21 Paterson

Substitutes

  • 03 Harding
  • 20 Tudgay
  • 27 Derbyshire
  • 29 de Vries
  • 30 McLaughlin
  • 31 Cox
  • 40 Blake
Ref: Andy Madley
Att: 17,955

Match Stats

Shots

16 7

On target

6 3

Corners

10 3

Fouls

9 21

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

90:00 +3:59 Full time

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

90:00 +2:23

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

90:00 +2:23

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

90:00 +1:53 Booking

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

90:00 +1:37

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.

90:00 +1:10

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Danny Collins.

89:56

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

89:50

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

88:06

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

87:44

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

86:42

Foul by Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town).

86:42

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

86:11

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.

85:39

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Cole Skuse.

85:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matt Derbyshire replaces Radoslaw Majewski.

84:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Green replaces Jonathan Williams.

82:57

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

82:57

Foul by Jonathan Greening (Nottingham Forest).

79:24

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

78:36 Booking

Booking Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

78:27

Foul by Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town).

78:27

Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

77:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Nottingham Forest 1. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Frank Nouble with a cross following a corner.

77:07

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jonathan Greening.

76:30

Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:30

Foul by Lee Peltier (Nottingham Forest).

75:47

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Chambers.

75:10

Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:10

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

74:29

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

74:29

Foul by Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest).

73:43

Attempt saved. Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

73:00 Booking

Booking Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72:35

Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:35

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

70:15

Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:15

Foul by Lee Peltier (Nottingham Forest).

69:19

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

69:17

Attempt saved. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jonathan Williams.

67:38

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Gonzalo Jara.

64:22

Attempt saved. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

64:04

Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:04

Foul by Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest).

62:52

Foul by Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (Ipswich Town).

62:52

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

62:19

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

62:19

Foul by Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest).

60:39

Attempt missed. Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jonathan Williams with a cross following a corner.

60:04

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jonathan Greening.

59:10

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

58:17

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

57:26

Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:26

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

55:35

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Daniel Fox.

55:06

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

55:06

Foul by Jonathan Greening (Nottingham Forest).

48:48

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

48:02

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

47:19

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Daniel Fox.

47:09

Attempt saved. Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cole Skuse with a cross.

46:55 Booking

Booking Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

46:30

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

46:30

Foul by Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest).

46:12

Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:12

Foul by Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest).

45:00

Second Half begins Ipswich Town 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Frank Nouble replaces Stephen Hunt.

45:00 +1:16 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Nottingham Forest 1.

45:00 +0:31

Hand ball by Jonathan Greening (Nottingham Forest).

41:07

Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:07

Foul by Jonathan Greening (Nottingham Forest).

39:42

Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:42

Foul by Lee Peltier (Nottingham Forest).

37:35

Attempt missed. Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

35:18

Attempt saved. Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Paterson with a through ball.

34:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Sylvain Ebanks-Blake replaces Paul Anderson.

32:39

Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:39

Foul by Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest).

32:20

Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:20

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

30:47

Attempt blocked. Radoslaw Majewski (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Mackie.

29:28

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

29:28

Jonathan Greening (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:47

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Lee Peltier tries a through ball, but Jamie Mackie is caught offside.

26:10 Booking

Booking Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

25:40

Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:40

Foul by Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest).

23:21

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

23:19

Attempt blocked. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Radoslaw Majewski.

21:16

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

21:16

Foul by Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest).

20:18

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

20:18

Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

19:20

Hand ball by Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town).

16:38

Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

16:38

Foul by Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest).

16:06

Attempt missed. Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

15:17

Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

15:17

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

14:08

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

14:08

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

13:42

Attempt missed. Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cole Skuse.

10:56

Attempt blocked. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

10:54

Attempt missed. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Hunt with a cross following a corner.

10:33

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

9:18

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

6:21

Attempt missed. Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

5:04

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Karl Darlow tries a through ball, but Jamie Mackie is caught offside.

3:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 0, Nottingham Forest 1. Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Daniel Fox with a cross following a corner.

3:16

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

2:12

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

2:12

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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