Fourth straight defeat as Ipswich let lead slip twice at Nottingham Forest
IPSWICH Town led twice at Nottingham Forest but still fell to a fourth successive defeat after conceding two goals in the last six minutes.
Blues defender Danny Collins had twice given the visitors the lead – heading home his first goals in nearly three years in the 25th and 61st minutes respectively.
Forest never gave up though and, after Robbie Findlay (42) and Joel Lynch (84) had twice brought them level, Marcus Tudgay grabbed a dramatic winner in stoppage-time.
Playing with a diamond midfield for the 10th game running, Town were much-improved defensively for most of an even encounter.
The Blues took the lead in the 25th minute when Collins glanced home a header from Aaron Cresswell’s deep free-kick delivery from the right.
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Paul Jewell’s side – who had done well to ride a storm just prior to that – then grew in confidence and began to pass the ball with a confidence that’s not been seen in weeks.
The natives at The City Ground grew increasingly restless as the half wore on, but Town were dealt a sucker punch in the 42nd minute.
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The equaliser once again came from a deep free-kick, this time Lewis McGugan crossing from the right and Findley scrambling home the loose ball after keep David Stockdale came and missed.
Ipswich started the second half well, but had Cresswell to thank for still being level in the 56th minute – the left-back doing brilliantly to clear a bullet Luke Chambers header off the line following a corner.
Five minutes later the Blues were in front, with the third goal of the game once again coming from a set-piece. This time it was a Jimmy Bullard corner, with Collins netting with a diving header.
Ipswich showed that their defensive frailities are still there though in a disastrous final six minutes.
First centre-back Lynch did superbly to head home at the near post from Andy Reid’s left-wing cross.
Then – in the first minute of stoppage-time – Tudgay forced home a winner at the far post following Greg Cunningham’s cross from the left.
– Reaction to follow.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST (4-4-2): Camp; Chambers (cpt), Morgan, Lynch, Cunningham; Gunter (Anderson 76), Greening (Reid 76), Moussi, McGugan; Tudgay, Findley (McGoldrick 81).
Subs: Smith, Majewski.
Booked: Cunnigham (65).
IPSWICH TOWN (4-4-2): Stockdale; Edwards, Ingimarsson, Collins, Cresswell; Bullard; Carson, Bowyer (Emmanuel-Thomas 69); Leadbitter (cpt); Chopra (Martin 81), Scotland (Ellington 79).
Subs: Lee-Barrett, Wabara.
Attendance: 21,143 (1,481 away).
Referee: Mr J Linington.