Nottingham Forest 3-0 Ipswich: The Sunday Mirror match report
Published 20:02 10/04/10 By MirrorFootball
Nottingham Forest hit Ipswich with three second-half goals to secure a Championship play-off spot.
The Midlands side were guaranteed a top six finish if they won or bettered eighth-placed Blackpool’s result against already-promoted Newcastle – and they did both.
There was little to get excited about in the first half but the second period was barely a minute old when Forest opened the scoring through Luke Chambers.
Guy Moussi extended the lead 10 minutes later before Robert Earnshaw netted his 14th goal of the season after 76 minutes.
Blackpool’s 4-1 defeat at St James’ Park means Forest will definitely be one of the four teams in the play-offs as their outside hopes of winning automatic promotion were finally extinguished by second-placed West Bromwich Albion’s 3-2 victory at Doncaster.
Paul Anderson returned to the Forest team after missing the Easter fixtures with an Achilles tendon problem.
He replaced Radoslaw Majewski, who dropped down to the bench, in the only change made by boss Billy Davies. Ipswich were unchanged.
The only goalmouth first-half action of any note saw Earnshaw and Moussi shoot wide from 12 yards, while Connor Wickham did likewise for the visitors.
Immediately after the restart, Forest went ahead. The goal was credited to Chambers but the defender knew little about it.
Earnshaw’s shot from the edge of the box struck him eight yards out and left Ipswich goalkeeper Brian Murphy wrong-footed as the ball drifted into the bottom right-hand corner.
Moussi made it 2-0 in the 57th minute when he scrambled the ball over the line after Chris Gunter crossed to the near-post.
Wickham dragged another shot wide just before the midway point of the second half.
Earnshaw scored from close range to seal an incredible 16 wins in the last 18 home league games for Davies’s side, who have not lost at home since September.
Daryl Murphy and Jonathan Walters shot over the crossbar before Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp was forced into his first piece of meaningful action in the first minute of added time.
He tipped over a volley from David Norris when it looked as if it might creep in but Camp tipped the ball over the crossbar.