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Preview: Ipswich (A)

1 December 2017

Nottingham Forest are in Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday afternoon as they visit Portman Road to take on Ipswich Town (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds fell to a 2-0 defeat against Cardiff City last weekend and they will be keen to get back on track and edge closer to the top six. 

After a strong start to the season, Ipswich have fallen out of the top six but remain in the mix for the play-offs.

Four straight wins kick-started their season after they were tipped as relegation candidates, but Mick McCarthy's side have proved a tought nut to crack this season.

See below for the pre-match views of Mark Warburton and Tyler Walker.

Team news

Liam Bridcutt is set to return to the Forest side on Saturday having missed Sunday's defeat against Cardiff through suspension, providing plenty of options for Mark Warburton to choose from in the middle of the park.

Tendayi Darikwa and Danny Fox remain on the sideline through injury.

From the opposition

Former Reds Joe Garner and Luke Chambers will both miss the game through injury and suspension, and McCarthy is confident that he has players who can fill the void.

Speaking about Garner, McCarthy said: "He's still nursing his foot. Unfortunately when he put his boot on it was still too sore so sadly we are missing him again.

"The danger was on Tuesday night that that if he had played he would have had to come off and then not be fit for either game, so it's a matter of resting it up and fingers crossed he will be ok for the next one."

With Tommy Smith also sidelined, McCarthy has a defensive headache but welcomes back Myles Kenlock following injury.

"Tommy has only had two days' training so he's nowhere near," McCarthy added.

"He was itching to be training and, prior to his last injury he was raring to go and went off to play for New Zealand of course. He's nowhere near the first team yet.

"Myles is fit but it was his first training session since he's had a tight hamstring. He's done ok but we'll see if there is any reaction tomorrow.

"I don't think there will be and I think he was fine this morning."

One to watch - Martyn Waghorn

Striker Martyn Waghorn has taken to life at Ipswich Town well and has hit nine goals so far this campaign.

The 27-year-old joined from Rangers in the summer and hit four goals in his opening three league appearances for The Tractor Boys and is set to be Town's leading man on Saturday.

Last visit

Tickets

Tickets are no longer available through the Nottingham Forest ticket office but supporters will be able to purchase tickets on arrival at Portman Road, with cash only, from turnstiles 10 and 11 with no price increase.

Full details can be found here.

An away guide for supporters visiting Portman Road can be found here.

Coverage

The match will be broadcast live for international subscribers on iFollow Forest, with audio commentary also available.

There will also be coverage via the club's social media channels and in the Match Centre.

Other fixtures 

All fixtures to be played at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated:

Cardiff v Norwich (Friday, 7.45pm)
Leeds v Aston Villa (Friday, 7.45pm)
Bolton v Barnsley
Brentford v Fulham
Derby v Burton
Millwall v Sheffield United
Preston v QPR
Sheffield Wednesday v Hull
Sunderland v Reading
Bristol City v Middlesbrough (5.30pm)
Birmingham v Wolves (Monday, 7.45pm)

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Match Reports

Ipswich 4-2 Forest

2 December 2017

Nottingham Forest were left to rue a host of defensive errors as they were beaten 4-2 at Ipswich Town this afternoon.

The Reds twice fought back from going behind in the first half as goals from Kieran Dowell and Tyler Walker levelled the game up after strikes from Callum Connolly and Dominic Iorfa had put Ipswich in front.

After the interval, the home side capitalised on two slip-ups in the Forest back four and Martyn Waghorn and Bersant Celina took advantage to give The Tractor Boys all three points.

Mark Warburton made one change to the side beaten by Cardiff City last weekend as Liam Bridcutt returned from suspension to take the place of Barrie McKay. The winger dropped to the bench alongside Jason Cummings who replaced Matty Cash in the matchday squad.

Forest found themselves behind early on as they conceded a soft goal from a set piece. Waghorn hit a speculative long-range free kick which Jordan Smith parried, but only into the path of Connolly who stroked home from inside the six-yard box.

After the shaky start, Forest looked to take control of the ball and were passing it around well and they were almost level on 17 when a flurry of chances in quick succession evaded the back of the net. 

Firstly, Daryl Murphy was denied by Bartosz Bialkowski from 12 yards following good work by Dowell, with Tyler Walker’s follow-up effort somehow not crossing the line after taking a deflection. Eric Lichaj then smashed a ferocious effort narrowly wide from the edge of the box as The Reds went in search of an immediate response.

Forest were dominating possession and on 29 were level through a moment of brilliance from Dowell. Both Walker and Ben Osborn were involved with the set-up of the free kick, teeing it up for Dowell to bend an effort over the wall and into the far corner of the net.

Despite all of Forest’s good play though, The Tractor Boys retook the lead on 37 minutes through Iorfa. A cross was stood up to the back post by Jonas Knudsen and Town’s other full back was there to rise highest and nod past Smith.

Once again, Forest responded well and on the stroke of half time were level thanks to Walker’s fourth goal of the season. Bridcutt chipped a ball over the Ipswich defence and into the path of Walker who superbly hooked the ball towards goal and into the roof of the net to give Bialkowski no chance.

There was a positive start to the second half for Forest, with Murphy keen to get on the scoresheet against his former side. The Irishman skipped past a challenge inside the Ipswich penalty area on 51 but saw his shot tipped over the bar by Bialkowski.

But some poor defending proved costly again for The Reds as they found themselves behind two minutes later. Michael Mancienne appeared to have the situation under control as he looked to pass back to Smith but he miscued his kick, allowing Waghorn to race onto the ball and fire past the Forest goalkeeper.

Armand Traore tested Bialkowski from close range and Murphy also had an effort saved by the Town stopper but Forest found themselves two behind on 67 minutes.

Waghorn got in behind the defence and squared across goal for and unmarked Celina to tap home from close range. 

Forest probed for a way back into the game, but came up against a resolute Ipswich defence who held firm in the closing stages. Murphy hit a towering header against the crossbar in added time but it wasn’t to be for The Reds as Town claimed the three points.

Forest: Smith; Lichaj, Worrall, Mancienne (c), Traore; Bridcutt, Vaughan (Bouchalakis 68’); Walker (McKay 81’), Dowell, Osborn (Carayol 68’); Murphy

Subs not used: Henderson, Mills, Clough, Cummings

Goals: Dowell 29’, Walker 43’ 

Bookings: Dowell 45’, Bridcutt 90’

Ipswich: Bialkowski; Iorfa, Webster, Spence, Knudsen; Connolly, Skuse (c); Huws (Bru 70’), Ward, Celina; Waghorn (Sears 84’)

Subs not used: Gerken, Bishop, Nydam, Kenlock, Morris

Goals: Connolly 7’, Iorfa 37’, Waghorn 53’, Celina 67’

Bookings: Waghorn 82’, Connolly 86’

Referee: Darren Bond

Attendance: 16,808 (1,124 away)

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Ticket News

Pay-on-the-day available at Ipswich

30 November 2017

Nottingham Forest supporters can purchase tickets for tomorrow's trip to Ipswich Town on arrival at Portman Road.

The club have received an allocation of 1,267 reserved seat tickets located along the side of the pitch in the upper tier of the Cobbold Stand and tickets will remain on sale from the Forest ticket office until 3pm on Friday.
 
Tickets purchased through the Nottingham Forest ticket office are priced as follows:
 
Adults - £25
Seniors (Over 65) – £22
Under 23s - £15
Under 19s - £8
 
Supporters will be able to purchase tickets on arrival at Portman Road, with cash only, from turnstiles 10 and 11 with no price increase.
 
Any supporters wishing to collect pre-paid tickets need to do so before 3pm today or contact the Forest ticket office to arrange for these to be collect at Portman Road.
 
Tickets are restricted to one ticket per customer number. It is essential that you provide your customer number for all individuals purchasing away tickets. Each away fixture that supporters purchase tickets through the Forest ticket office during the 2017-18 season will be allocated one loyalty point. Loyalty points may be required to purchase tickets for high-demand fixtures.
 
Disabled supporters
 
Wheelchair disabled supporters and ambulant disabled supporters should purchase tickets in advance by calling the Ipswich Town Disabled Liaison Officer Warner Duff on 01473 400556.
 
There are eight wheelchair bays and 23 ambulant pairs of tickets available for visiting supporters and these are priced at £18 per pair.
 
Official coach travel

Coach travel departs the Brian Clough Stand at 9.45am and is priced at £19.

Tickets can be purchased in-person at the ticket office, by calling 0115 982 4388 or by visiting tickets.nottinghamforest.co.uk.

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