Ipswich 3 Nottingham Forest 1: Tractor Boys cut down Tricky Trees to move out of bottom three
22:18 GMT, 27 November 2012
22:18 GMT, 27 November 2012
Ipswich moved out of the relegation zone with a deserved win against in-form Nottingham Forest – only their second home victory of the season.
Mick McCarthy's men opened the scoring in fortuitous circumstances as a lack of communication between goalkeeper Lee Camp and defender Danny Collins saw Guirane N'Daw nip in to score.
Dexter Blackstock squeezed home an equaliser in the 58th minute, but Town regained the lead three minutes later when Luke Hyam netted the rebound from DJ Campbell's penalty which had been saved by Camp.
Moving on up: Guirane N'Daw celebrates his goal against Forest
Ipswich: Henderson, Orr, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, N'Daw, Hyam (Drury 83), Martin, Barnett (Murphy 56), Campbell (Chopra 88).
Subs Not Used: Loach, Hewitt, Higginbotham, Emmanuel-Thomas.
Booked: Orr, Hyam.
Goals: N'Daw 30, Hyam 61, Murphy 89.
Nottm Forest: Camp, Hutton, Ward, Collins, Harding (McGugan 77), Gillett (Reid 46), Guedioura, Cohen, Lansbury (Coppinger 46), Sharp, Blackstock.
Subs Not Used: Darlow, Moussi, Moloney, Ayala.
Booked: Camp, Sharp.
Goal: Blackstock 58.
Referee: Andy D'Urso
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The Forest goalkeeper was lucky to be
on the pitch after rushing out to stop Campbell when he was bearing
down on goal in the 16th minute.
Substitute Daryl Murphy sealed the points at the death with a neat finish.
A lively start from Town saw them
create the first opening of the game. Lee Martin floated in a cross for
the unmarked Tommy Smith but his header was straight at Camp.
McCarthy had his head in his hands as
Camp escaped with just a yellow card after taking out Ipswich striker
Campbell as he raced through shortly afterwards.
Blackstock shot straight at Town
goalkeeper Stephen Henderson as Forest looked to respond, but Town
pushed forward again and Hyam fired inches over from a corner.
The home side got the goal their
pressure deserved in comical circumstances on the half hour. A mix-up
between Collins and Camp allowed N'Daw to sneak in and score.
The goal seemed to spark Forest into
life and they came agonisingly close to an equaliser in the 42nd minute
when Billy Sharp took advantage of a slip from Bradley Orr to rattle the
crossbar from Alan Hutton's cross.
Forest made a double substitution at
the start of the second half, with Andy Reid and James Coppinger coming
on for Simon Gillet and Henri Lansbury.
Big win: The Ipswich players celebrated their win that moved them out of the bottom three
Both sides had early chances, with a
low shot from Orr creeping just past the left-hand upright and Sharp
failing to connect sweetly with an overhead kick attempt for Forest
after good work from the substitutes.
The double change had provided the Reds with added impetus and Reid forced a decent save from Henderson with a low drive.
Daryl Murphy came on for debutant
Tyrone Barnett and was immediately involved, firing in a shot which took
a deflection and almost caught out Camp who gratefully gathered.
Going down: DJ Campbell battles with Lee Camp
But Forest levelled shortly
afterwards as Reid found Sharp and the striker managed to get the ball
across to Blackstock who poked home from six yards.
Their joy was shortlived, though, as
Ipswich were awarded a penalty when Campbell went down in the box under
challenge from Collins. Camp made a superb stop from Campbell's
spot-kick but Hyam followed in to score.
Going in the right direction: Ipswich Town Manager Mick McCarthy saw his side win
After a mad few minutes the half hit a lull, with neither side able to create clear-cut chances.
But Ipswich sealed a much-needed win in the last minute when Murphy
dispossessed Reid and was allowed to carry the ball into the box where
he coolly slotted past Camp.