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16 March 2019 Venue Portman Road Attendance

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Match Previews

Match preview: Ipswich vs Forest

15 March 2019

Nottingham Forest will be aiming to head into the international break with all three points as they travel to Portman Road to face Ipswich Town tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds will be looking to do the double over The Tractor Boys after the 2-0 victory back in December and will be looking to keep their play-off push going with victory.

Ipswich have had a tough season and find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table, but away points at West Brom and Bristol City will have boosted their confidence ahead of Saturday's game.

Team news

Lewis Grabban is set to miss out again through injury, with the forward set to return following the international break. Matty Cash could be involved though following his absence through injury and Jack Robinson is also available after he completed his suspension.

From the Forest camp

The opposition view

Paul Lambert is looking forward to welcoming Roy Keane and the man he still calls 'gaffer' to Portman Road when Town take on Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

The Ipswich boss played under Martin O'Neill for five years at Celtic and worked alongside Keane in their time together at Aston Villa, as well as going head to head in Champions League action as players.

Speaking to Ipswich's official website, he said: "I played against Roy for Dortmund against Man United in the Champions League and he was a fantastic footballer. We have a lot of respect between the two of us and have stayed in touch and I'm looking forward to seeing him.

"We had some laughs at Villa together. We had some good times there. He is unfairly spoken about sometimes because he's a good guy. He's a real football person, he loves the game - but he's a good guy as well. It will be great to see him.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the gaffer as well. I still call him that, I probably will tomorrow!

"We had a fantastic five years with him in charge at Celtic. We needed someone like him to come in and galvanise the club and he did that. It was a special time in my career.

"I've got so much respect for him, not just for what he achieved as a manager but as a player as well."

One to watch - Gwion Edwards

A regular performer for Ipswich this season, Gwion Edwards has chipped in with five goals and the midfielder is likely to be Town's creative influence on Saturday.

Head to head

Forest wins - 38
Ipswich wins - 22
Draws - 18

Last time out - Forest 2-0 Ipswich (Saturday 1st December, 2018 - Sky Bet Championship)


There is set to be a strong following at Portman Road, with over 1,600 Reds fans making the trip. Tickets will be available on the day - full details can be found here


The match will be broadcast live on iFollow Forest for international subscribers, with audio commentary provided by BBC Radio Nottingham also available.

The club's official social media channels will have full coverage of the game, with match updates also provided in the Match Centre

Other fixtures

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

Leeds vs Sheffield United (12.30pm)
Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough
Brentford vs West Brom
Hull vs QPR
Preston vs Birmingham
Rotherham vs Norwich
Sheffield Wednesday vs Blackburn
Stoke vs Reading
Wigan vs Bolton

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Match Reports

Ipswich 1-1 Forest

16 March 2019

A hugely controversial refereeing decision cost Nottingham Forest again as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Ipswich Town this afternoon.

Daryl Murphy saw a perfectly good goal disallowed on the stroke of half-time which would have seen Forest grab a vital three points at Portman Road in their quest for a top-six finish.

Collin Quaner put The Tractor Boys ahead before Molla Wague's leveller on the half-hour mark as The Reds were left frustrated at another decision going against them away from home.

Martin O'Neill made three changes to the side which lost out to Aston Villa on Wednesday, with Wague coming in for his first start for the club, Jack Robinson returning to left back and Daryl Murphy starting up front in place of Karim Ansarifard who dropped to the bench.

The home side made a strong start and took the lead on five minutes as Quaner capitalised on some hesitation in the Forest defence to put them in front. Gwion Edwards delivered a low ball to the near post, Wague and Costel Pantilimon left it for each other and the forward prodded it past the Forest keeper from inside the six-yard box.

The early goal boosted the home side as they defended resolutely to keep Forest at bay, but Ben Osborn got in behind the back line on 21 minutes to square across the box. Joe Lolley was well marshalled and couldn't get his shot away before Jack Colback, making his 50th appearance in the Garibaldi, saw his effort blocked.

On 31 minutes The Reds found themselves back on level terms as Wague pounced from a corner. Lolley's delivery into the area wasn't cleared, with the centre back scrambling the ball over the line despite the best efforts of Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

The equalising goal seemed to settle Forest following a fairly nervy start, with Murphy heading straight at Bialkowski from a Lolley free kick on 41 then the Irishman seeing a perfectly good goal chalked off in first-half injury time as the offside flag was raised against him after Yohan Benalouane's header was saved.

The home side had the better of the play at the start of the second half, with substitute Trevoh Chalobah hitting a stinging volley just wide of the target on 52 then Jon Nolan having a glorious chance as he headed wide when unmarked in the area just after the hour mark.

Both sides fancied their chances of getting a winner as Matty Cash and Joao Carvalho were introduced from the substitutes'' bench to add a fresh impetus to The Reds' attack. Cash hit a fine strike on 76 which forced Bialkowski into a low save to his left, then the Town keeper denied Murphy from the follow-up.

As the game went into the final 10 minutes, Forest were indebted to two fine saves by Pantilimon, denying substitute Kayden Jackson both times as the Ipswich forward shot from the right of the penalty area on both occasions.

It was the home side looking the more likely to find the decisive goal as Tendayi Darikwa diverted the ball narrowly wide of his own goal, then former Red Luke Chambers headed off target on 86 minutes.

The Reds were able to see the game out for a point which should have been all three had they not been denied by the officials.

Forest: Pantilimon, Darikwa, Wague, Benalouane, Robinson, Pele (Ansarifard 77'), Yates (Cash 64'), Colback (c), Lolley, Osborn (Carvalho 64'), Murphy

Unused subs: Steele, Guedioura, Watson, Milosevic

Goal: Wague 31'

Booking: Colback 83'

Ipswich: Bialkowski, Bree, Chambers (c), Pennington, Kenlock, Skuse (Chalobah 41'), Nolan, Bishop (Nsiala 90'), Edwards, Judge, Quaner (Jackson 59')

Unused subs: Gerken, Knudsen, Dozzell, El Mizouni

Goal: Quaner 5'

Referee: Keith Stroud

Attendance: 16,709 (1,691 away)

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Ticket News

Pay on the day at Ipswich

15 March 2019

A limited number of tickets will be made available to buy on arrival at Portman Road tomorrow as Nottingham Forest take on Ipswich Town.

With over 1,600 tickets sold, there is set to be another strong following on the road for The Reds and tickets will be available to purchase, cash only, from the away ticket office located next to the away turnstiles. Tickets are no longer available from the Nottingham Forest ticket office. 

The club have received the full allocation of 2,000 reserved seat tickets located along the side of the pitch in the Cobbold Stand and tickets are priced as follows:

Adults £25
Over 65s £22
Under 23s £15
Under 19s £8

*Proof of age will be requested at the turnstiles as a compulsory measure.

Dates of sale

Friday 15th February Away members Online only
Monday 18th February Away members Online/phones/in-person
Tuesday 19th February Season card holders Online only
Friday 22nd February Season card holders Online/phones/in-person
Friday 1st March Home members Online/phones/in-person
Monday 4th March General sale* Online/phones/in-person

*Subject to availability

Any away member or season card holder who purchases tickets during the online-only window and have specific requirements, or wish to sit with friends/family who have purchased separately, can call the ticket office to make their request after buying their tickets.

Official coach travel

Coach travel departs the Brian Clough Stand car park at 9am and is priced at £23. Subject to availability, supporters can park their vehicles free of charge in the Brian Clough Stand car park.

Supporters who have registered accessible needs with Nottingham Forest and who are receiving the higher rate of care or mobility can claim their tickets either over the phone on 0115 982 4388 or in-person at the ticket office.

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