Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock says one goal could have been the catalyst for a comfortable win at Portman Road yesterday.Blackstock played the full 90 minutes as The Reds suffered a frustrating 1-0 defeat in Suffolk.
Forest could have had several goals in the first half, hitting the bar, drawing two excellent saves from Bartosz Bialkowski and missing other chances, but Ben Pringle’s second-half strike was enough to hand the hosts victory.
Blackstock said: “I think there were some positives in the performance. First half we should have been one or two up and I think if we took some of our chances we would have gone on to win the game – but we didn’t and Ipswich got on top and hung on in there.
“In this recent period we haven’t been scoring as much as we would like, but we went with two proper strikers so we were always going to carry more attacking threat than we have done in recent away games.
“But credit to Ipswich, they dug in when it was backs against the wall and when they had pressure we conceded a goal.”
Forest host Preston on Tuesday night and Blackstock recognises the importance of a win over Simon Grayson’s side.
He said: “We have to start winning some football matches, regardless of league position. We’ve had a few losses now and with some home games coming up we need to get back to winning ways.
“I think anybody who was at the Ipswich game would admit we did enough to get something – but we didn’t, so the bottom line is we need to get back on the training ground, work at things and put it right at The City Ground.”