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Nottingham Forest (0) 0 - 0 (0) Ipswich Town

Sky Bet Championship 2013-14

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Referee: Scott Mathieson

Manager: Billy Davies

City Ground 15:00

Attendance: 20,966

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Match Number: 3530




Jamie MackieDarius Henderson (67)
Djamel AbdounMatt Derbyshire (86)
Nathaniel ChalobahGonzalo Jara (89)


 Simon Cox (14)
 Henri Lansbury (59)
 Aaron Cresswell (59)



Karl Darlow

Greg Halford

Dan Harding

Nathaniel Chalobah

Jamaal Lascelles

Jack Hobbs

Jamie Mackie

Henri Lansbury

Simon Cox

Andy Reid

Djamel Abdoun



Dorus deVries

Eric Lichaj

Darius Henderson

Gonzalo Jara

Jamie Paterson

Matt Derbyshire

Radoslaw Majewski

Match Report

Nottingham Forest 0 Ipswich Town 0

Nottingham Forest's search for their first home win since 28 September continued after they were held to a goalless draw by Ipswich.

The visitors went close when David McGoldrick's shot flew wide, before Daryl Murphy's header missed by inches.

Forest should have taken a second-half lead, but were denied by keeper Dean Gerken, who pounced to cut out a cross before Simon Cox had a chance to shoot.

The result leaves Forest in seventh, two points ahead of Ipswich.

Town had started the stronger, with Frank Nouble only denied a fine solo goal by a strong save from Karl Darlow after the forward had carried the ball half the length of the pitch.

Forest improved and had a shout for a penalty when Cox prodded the ball past Gerken before going down as the keeper slid in at his feet. Referee Scott Mathieson waved play-on following protests.

Cox was then unlucky when he steered a header against the bar, while at the other end McGoldrick forced Darlow into a great save before the interval.

After the break, the unlikely figure of Christophe Berra almost netted a well-worked winner for Ipswich as he charged into the box before striking a low shot that Darlow did well to push away.

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies on the Simon Cox penalty decision:

"These things happen, some you get, some you don't. It is what it is."

He added: "We played against a side that is on fire. I thought for the majority of the game, we controlled it and 90% of our play was good.

"But, ultimately, football is all about chances - and you have to take your chances."

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy:

"It was a fabulous decision [to not give a penalty for challenge on Simon Cox]. He (the referee) got it right.

"He got the decision correct and he should be lauded for that. It is not me seeing things through rose-coloured specs. I have seen it and it was not a penalty.

"(Cox) was offside as well, to be quite honest, so all in all it was a good decision."

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