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MATCH REPORT: Ipswich Town 3 Nottingham Forest 1

23:15 27 November 2012

Ipswich celebrate Luke Hyam

Ipswich celebrate Luke Hyam's crucial first goal for the club


Ipswich v Forest: The Blues finally moved out of the bottom three following their best performance of the season – beating promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest 3-1.


Midfield duo Guirane N’Daw and Luke Hyam both scored their first Championship goals for the club, sandwiching a Dexter Blackstock goal, before Daryl Murphy raced clear to strike a killer third in injury time.

It was no more than Town deserved following a performance full of passion and fight that Forest couldn’t cope with.

Tough in the tackle and sharp in their passing, the Blues proceeded to put in their best 45 minutes under Mick McCarthy.

The encouraging signs were there early on when Lee Martin’s cross was met by an unmarked Smith who was only able to find the hands of Lee Camp.

The Forest keeper then became a villain for the home fans after he clattered into DJ Campbell when Town’s top scorer got beyond the back four.

Camp protested his innocence and the yellow card issued by Andy D’Urso – himself an historic public enemy at Portman Road – appeared to be right with Camp protected by more than one Forest defender.

Hyam, already earning his recall, hit a 25-yard shot just wide before the home side opened the scoring on the half-hour mark.

Barnett won yet another header, but Campbell’s ball over the top looked to be comfortable for the Forest backline.

But a lack of communication between Collins and Camp saw the pair collide and the ball fall to N’Daw who had the simple task of blasting the ball into the empty net from a matter of yards.

The Senegalese midfielder, still supporting a head bandage, bowed to the ground and kissed the Portman Road turf to celebrate his first Ipswich goal.

It was no more than Town deserved but, to Forest’s credit, they finally started to show what they are capable of.

Three minutes before the interval the visitors had the best chance when Alan Hutton’s cross was missed by Chambers and Bradley Orr but Billy Sharp’s volley was tipped onto the crossbar by Henderson.

From the ensuing corner, Henri Lansbury’s low shot from the edge of the area was cleared off the line by Barnett.

Parity was restored in the 59th minute when Sharp and Andy Reid exchanged passes in the area and the striker’s low cross was turned in by Blackstock.

But just two minutes later, Ipswich restored their lead. Hyam and N’Daw teamed up to release Campbell who went down under Collins’ challenge in the area.

It was debatable how much contact there was but the Town striker stepped up for his second penalty in four days.

Unlike Peterborough on Saturday, he went for the left corner but Camp was equal to it, though no match for the charging Hyam who crashed the rebound into the net.

After a breathtaking 15 minutes, the second half evened out with Forest not doing enough to warrant a second equaliser.

Similarly, Town’s fantastic efforts in the opening 65 minutes had clearly had an effect.

But the home side still carved out the best chance when sub Murphy outmuscled Ward but as he looked to get across Collins, the Forest defender blocked well.

The final few minutes were always going to be nervy and none more so than when Smith miscued a clearance but Cresswell was alive to clear as Blackstock waited to pounce.

Then all the anxiety cleared as Murphy once again beat Ward to race clear and calmly slot the ball past Camp to end a thrilling night for Town.



  • Congratulations to MM and his coaching staff who put out a team with the right mindset.I hardly dare say it but I can't really see us losing 5 or 6 nil again this season. There was visible desire to win on the pitch and no little skill . N'Daw was my man of the match but no one let us down. Great to see that Henderson had shrugged off some of his earlier performances and didn't put a foot wrong, with his distribution improving. Well done the whole team. Same team next Saturday injuries permitting? Hope so.

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    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Strange to think that when the team is half full of Ipswich players they put in a half -decent performance. Will Mick the Man now be trying a few more - or will be be reverting to type?

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    Rob Steroo

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Great result, and amazing to see again this occurs with Luke Hyam in the team! Keep him in there MM, and he will never let you down, even if he does have the odd poor game, as most players do, you will always get 100% and he will never hide. Good to see Smith in the team also, and we really needed that after the draw against Peterborough. With other results going our way, it is encouraging to be out of the bottom three again. After 6 games MM has 10 points, and that is very good, and he should be pleased with that, and congratulated for it. Strangely, the only two defeats have been the 6-0 and 5-0, and each time, the players have shown strong character in bouncing back, and zero character in the manner of the defeats, particularly at Leicester. I am pleased with the progress so far under MM, which 10 points from 6 games clearly is, compared to 7 points from the 13 previous games this season. However, much work lies ahead, with Bolton on Saturday being a stern test, to see if we can at least avoid losing 7-0 in that sequence mentioned above.

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    Kevin Bailey

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Quality performance from Town. Hyam and N'Daw were awesome in the middle. Smith had a really good game too. N'Daw clearly has a passion for the club after his reaction when he scored. We need a good result against Bolton now to make this result count.

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    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • The harder we work the luckier we get! This was a solid, hard-working performance and we got lucky. On three occasions Forest made back-passes which didn't make it into the penalty area one of which led to the first goal. Our second came from a dubious looking penalty which Campbell then missed but the quick-thinking Hyam snapped-up the rebound. The third was a breakaway in the dying seconds when Forest had committed all ten outfield players to attack. Murphy's finish was the best thing I've ever seen him do. I like the look of Barnett and think he can bring something to the team. I am generally embarrassed by Campbell who tends to foul a lot and has moved a long way from the Corinthian spirit which used to be an important Ipswich value.

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    peter sadler

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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