Nostalgia: The day Town hit Forest for six

Darren Bent celebrating his goal with Jason De Vos

Darren Bent celebrating his goal with Jason De Vos

As Ipswich Town’s underwhelming season comes to a close on Sunday at Nottingham Forest, we take a look back to brighter days as the Blues crushed the Reds 6-0 at Portman Road in March 2005.

Shefki Kuqi scores against Forest back in 2005

Shefki Kuqi scores against Forest back in 2005 - Credit: PA

The first half was relatively competitive for Forest, though Town took the lead in the 27th minute through Richard Naylor and Ian Westlake added a second just eight minutes later.

Shefki Kuqi celebrates his goal

Shefki Kuqi celebrates his goal - Credit: PA

But things started to unravel in the second stanza, as Tommy Miller netted in the 50th minute and then again in the 64th minute from the spot.

Tommy Miller scored the penalty awarded in the 64th minute

Tommy Miller scored the penalty awarded in the 64th minute

Two more goals, courtesy of Shefki Kuqi and Darren Bent (on 67 and 71 minutes), ensured the visitors went home on the wrong side of a heavy defeat in front of 25,765 fans.

Shefki Kuqi and Tommy Miller doing a slightly different celebration - press-ups!

Shefki Kuqi and Tommy Miller doing a slightly different celebration - press-ups!

Ipswich finished in third place in the Championship table that season, earning a spot in the play-offs, but failed to beat West Ham over two legs, losing 4-2 on aggregate.

Darren Bent controls the ball against Nottingham Forest

Darren Bent controls the ball against Nottingham Forest

The full time score read 6-0 in a dominant showing from Town

The full time score read 6-0 in a dominant showing from Town


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