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A fair result

16 March 2019

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill had no real complaints with the 1-1 draw at Ipswich Town this afternoon.

The Reds were left to rue a first-half decision from the assistant referee and a lack of a cutting edge after the break as the spoils were shared at Portman Road.

Speaking after the game he said: "We paid the penalty for a poor start by letting Ipswich score with their first attack but then we came back into the game strongly and scored a deserved equaliser. Then came the big talking point just before half-time.

"It looks as if Daryl is about two yards onside but the linesman puts his flag up. That would have obviously given us a 2-1 lead at half-time and I think there would have been a huge momentum swing in our favour.

"We made some substitutions in the second half to give us some more creativity on the field which left us slightly open and Ipswich came on very strongly towards the end but fortunately we were able to see it out."

While O'Neill was disappointed with the decision to chalk off Daryl Murphy's strike in first-half stoppage time, he also stressed that his team did not fashion enough opportunities in the second half.

He said: "Of course it was an important moment in the game and it looked a fairly straightforward decision to get right but in the second half we didn't create enough to win the game and you have to give credit to Ipswich because they did play well.

"We're trying to get into the play-offs so we knew we had to gamble in the second half by throwing players forward and we did leave ourselves wide open as we chased the game.

"We went for the three points and, of course, at the other end Costel had to make two very good saves to earn us a point but in the end I think 1-1 is a fair result."

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