We’ve sucked Ipswich into the relegation dogfight – Cotterill

NOTTINGHAM Forest boss Steve Cotterill believes his side’s 3-1 victory at Portman Road has pushed opponents Ipswich into a relegation fight.

Forest closed the gap between themselves, in third bottom, and Ipswich in 19th to just three points with yesterday’s win.

Cotterill said: “We are now in touching distance and by this win, we have now reeled in a few other clubs – we have reeled in Ipswich.”

Despite only having a day to prepare for the Portman Road clash, coming just 48 hours after a match on New Year’s Eve, Cotterill revealed he always had a game-plan in mind for his visit to Suffolk.

He explained: “We would always do our homework, as early as you can in the week. But we have done a crash course in Ipswich as we only had yesterday (Sunday) – though it does help when you have played them recently.

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“The only thing is that we were always going to play with four dimensions to our team. That pitch, when it is 110 yards by 75, is big.

“So if you play with three dimensions to your team, and start with a 4-4-2, you only have three dimensions getting round that 110 yards. “Whereas,if you have four dimensions, by sitting with two midfield players, the distances are less for them to run and the pitch is smaller.

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“I knew even if we had won Saturday with a 4-4-2, I would have changed it for this game.”

Town’s dire defeat saw Forest score their first goals in 10-and-a-half hours of football – ironically their last strikes came against Ipswich in a 3-2 win in November.

But Cotterill said: “I think Ipswich Town is a fantastic football club. There was a great crowd here, they have a good manager and some good players.

“We are pleased with the win but we don’t get any more pleasure in the fact it was against Ipswich.

“Our performance was fantastic and we scored three great goals. The fact it was against Ipswich again is almost like a freak.”

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