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Posted Sat 23 Oct 10 at 16:59 PM

Nottingham Forest 2 v 0 Ipswich Town

Nottingham Forest got their second victory in a week and consecutive clean sheets, with a well deserved win against Ipswich.

Forest's change in formation paid off early in the game when David McGoldrick, playing alone up front, behind an attacking midfield, put them into the lead.

There were few chances for either side for much of the half but Forest played some good, passing football and dominated much of the play before doubling their lead with a stunning free kick from Lewis McGugan in the 45th minute.

Ipswich threatened more in the second half but Forest kept their composure and defended well to take all three points.

Forest had a chance three minutes into the game when Chris Gunter made a break down the left and put in a good cross, which found Luke Chambers unmarked at the far post. Chris Cohen ran into the box and nearly got on the end of the ball, but the Ipswich goalkeeper just managed to slide in and grab it.

Ipswich were gifted a chance when Lewis McGugan sent the ball into the path of Carlos Edwards, but he ran into an offside position before getting his shot in.

Forest were ahead after 12 minutes with a break down the left by Raddy Majewski who fed the ball to Cohen. His low ball went across the penalty to David McGoldrick who side-footed in from close range, sending the ball into the top of the net.

Another great break from Forest and superb footwork by Majewski came close to producing a second goal. The Forest midfielder beat two players to get into the box where, from a tight angle, he flashed the ball just wide of the far post.

Good defending by Forest stopped Ipswich getting one back when Jack Colback made a break and shot from inside a crowded box, beating Camp, but Chambers was in place to head off the line. The ball came back out and was driven towards goal where Chambers again blocked the ball before it was finally cleared away.

Forest's second came in the 45th minute when they were awarded with a free kick after Cohen was brought down by Grant Leadbitter.

Nobody was expecting a goal from 35 yards but that did not stop McGugan who sent the the ball thundering in for his seventh goal in eight games.

Lee Camp had to make his first save of the game at the start of the second half, diving low to gather up Tommy Smith's effort.

A late challenge by David Norris on Camp went unpunished while the Forest keeper went down in need of treatment.

A great run down the right by McGugan threatened the Ipswich defence again when his cross evaded Fulop, but was a bit too powerful for Paul Anderson to reach on the far post.

There was a standing ovation for Majewski when he was replaced in the 66th minute by Nathan Tyson, who went up front with McGoldrick.

There were calls from around the ground for a penalty when Gareth McAuley pulled Tyson down inside the box, which was followed by loud boos when the referee waved play on.

There was a second standing ovation, this time for goal scorer McGoldrick, when Guy Moussi came on for him with 16 minutes remaining.

Ipswich threatened to get one back with a free kick to the right just outside the penalty area. Leadbitter curled the ball in low but Camp anticipated the ball well and tipped it round the post for a corner.

Substitute Connor Wickham got past Gunter to get a shot in for Ipswich, forcing Camp to react quickly to block the ball and then dive to his left to stop it going in from the rebound.

The loudest applause of the afternoon came seven minutes from time when McGugan went off to make way for Dele Adebola.

Tyson had a chance to tie things up four minutes before time when he made a run down the right into the box but his effort was blocked by Gareth McAuley.

And Cohen tried with a low powerful shot, but it went straight at the Ipswich keeper.

Forest controlled the ball for much of the five minutes stoppage time to give them another clean sheet.

Nottingham Forest: Camp, Gunter, Morgan, Wilson, Chambers, Cohen, McKenna(C), Majewski(Tyson 67min), Anderson, McGugan(Adebola, 83mins), McGoldrick(Moussi 74min)
Subs not used: Darlow, McCleary, Blackstock, Earnshaw,
Scorers: McGoldrick 13min, McGugan 45min

Ipswich Town: Fulop, Peters(Livermore 57min), McAuley, Delaney, Smith, Leadbitter, Norris(C), Colback, Edwards, Scotland(Wickham 45minHT), Townsend(Murray 61min)
Subs not used: Murphy, Priskin, Brown, Eastman,
Bookings: Leadbitter 44min

Referee: K Woolmer
Attendance: 22,935 Away attn: 1,910

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