Ipswich Town 3 - 1 Nottingham Forest

Match info: Championship at Portman Road

Date: 27/11/2012 KO: 19:45 Ref: A D'Urso Att: 16,200

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Guirane N'Daw 30
Daryl Murphy 89
Luke Hyam 61


N Forest

Dexter Blackstock 58

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: November 27 2012, 23:06 GMT

Post-match reaction to Ipswich's 3-1 victory over Nottingham Forest.

McCarthy: Still got plenty of work to do
McCarthy: Still got plenty of work to do

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy was not getting carried away despite seeing his side move out of the npower Championship relegation zone for the first time since he took charge.

Town stunned in-form Nottingham Forest 3-1 with goals from Guirane N'Daw, Luke Hyam and Daryl Murphy at Portman Road.

McCarthy was determined to remain grounded after the match but challenged his players to reproduce the same level of performance in the coming weeks as they try to avoid a relegation dogfight.

"Unless I've woken up and it's May 4th, I'm not bothered," McCarthy said, referring to his side climbing out of the bottom three.

"We'll all get a kick from seeing it but we've got tough games coming up, so we've got to maintain that level of performance and make sure we stay out of it.

"There's no time for patting each other on the back or stroking each other's egos.

"I enjoyed it and we played well, but now we've got to play like that every week.

"If you look through the team, everyone played well. Now we've got to do it again and again."

McCarthy was at a loss to explain his side's topsy-turvy form since he took charge on November 1.

"I haven't got a clue why," he said. "You tell me.

"If I knew the answer to that question, I'd write a book that would change the face of football forever and I'd be a multi-millionaire."

Ipswich took a deserved lead on the half-hour mark, after a horrendous mix-up between defender Danny Collins and goalkeeper Lee Camp.

Neither failed to deal with a long ball forward and N'Daw had the simple task of slamming into an empty for his first Town goal.

Forest were rocked back on their heels but picked themselves up to score a well-worked - albeit short-lived equaliser - on 58 minutes.

Chris Cohen's clever pass found Billy Sharp, whose low cross from the left was turned in from close range by Dexter Blackstock.

However, Town went back in front just three minutes later when referee Andy D'Urso pointed to the spot after a foul by Collins on DJ Campbell.

The latter's spot-kick was saved, but Hyam pounced to smash the rebound high into the net.

Murphy then added a late third after racing clear of Elliott Ward and slotting past Camp.

It was no more than the hosts deserved, having also gone close through Tommy Smith, Hyam, Bradley Orr and Campbell, although they had a scare when Sharp rattled the bar for Forest.

Camp was also lucky to stay on the pitch after racing out of his area and appearing to handle the ball before clattering into Campbell.

Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll was so stunned by his side's performance that he considered making a change midway through the first half.

"I was going to make a change after 20 minutes, but that's probably a bit too radical," he said.

"I could have brought anyone on. I just needed to change things.

"I wanted to change the formation but, to be fair to them, they've been on a great run and we got a great result at Wolves on Saturday.

"But in this league, if you get one win everyone thinks they're superstars.

"If you don't put the hard work in, that's the kind of performance you get and get well and truly beaten.

"You can never take anything for granted in this league. It baffles me and I'm not happy.

"There were mistakes all over the pitch, in every area. We lost the ball from our kick-off and that gave them a start. Ipswich then gained momentum."

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