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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

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Mick McCarthy: Ipswich Town manager on Forest draw

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.

Gary Brazil

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Nottingham Forest caretaker manager Gary Brazil speaks to BBC Radio Nottingham following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town.

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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

Full Time

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

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

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

Booking

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

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.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Danny Collins.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

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

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

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

Foul by Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town).

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

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.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Cole Skuse.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matt Derbyshire replaces Radoslaw Majewski.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Green replaces Jonathan Williams.

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

Foul by Jonathan Greening (Nottingham Forest).

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

Booking

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

Foul by Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town).

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

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.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jonathan Greening.

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

Foul by Lee Peltier (Nottingham Forest).

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

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

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

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

Foul by Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest).

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

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

Foul by Lee Peltier (Nottingham Forest).

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester3826753785
2Burnley39221343179
3QPR39201091570
4Derby39209102469
5Wigan38189111463
6Reading391612111460
7Nottm Forest3914169858
8Ipswich39151311758
9Brighton38151112656
10Bournemouth39151014-255
11Watford381313121352
12Blackburn38131312-152
13Middlesbrough39111612649
14Sheff Wed39121215148
15Leeds3813817-647
16Huddersfield39121017-446
17Bolton39101514-545
18Doncaster39111018-2243
19Blackpool39101217-2142
20Birmingham39101019-1040
21Charlton3681117-2135
22Barnsley3881119-2735
23Millwall3971220-3233
24Yeovil3971121-2532
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