Ipswich v Nottm Forest

02 January 2011 12:43
Ipswich Town will assess the fitness of defender Gareth McAuley, who returned to action against Coventry on Saturday after an Achilles problem.Shane O'Connor (ankle) and keeper Brian Murphy (shoulder) remain sidelined.

Nottingham Forest are still without left-back Ryan Bertrand, who has a hamstring injury.

They are hopeful that Paul McKenna will recover from a virus in time to play, but forward David McGoldrick's knee injury is likely to keep him out again.

MATCH PREVIEW Ipswich were denied a much-needed win when Coventry grabbed a second-half equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw against them on Saturday, leading Town boss Roy Keane to again bemoan their shortcomings.

Put simply, Ipswich have been guilty of defensive lapses and missing their chances. Keane pointed to "four or five" mistakes by his players in the build-up to Coventry's goal.

One positive for the Tractor Boys was the return of McAuley, and Keane will be hoping the defender can add some vital experience and solidity to his team in the second half of the campaign.

Ipswich face a Forest side who battled back from two-down to draw 2-2 with Barnsley last time out, preserving an unbeaten home record that stretches back to September 2009. But Reds boss Billy Davies conceded that they "deserved nothing" from the game.

MATCH FACTS Head-to-head

• Forest have won the last two matches between these clubs.

Have your say on this match • But the Reds have lost two and drawn one of their last three away games against Ipswich.


• Town have gained one win in eight league matches, and have lost six of them.

• Saturday's result was their first draw in 15 games.

• Rory Fallon could make his 200th league start.

Nottingham Forest

• Forest have lost only one of their last eight matches.

• They have won only one of their last seven away games, and two on the road since January last year.

Source: BBC_Sport