Late goal flurry earns Forest the points

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cotterill was delighted as two goals in the last seven minutes earned them a dramatic 3-2 victory over Ipswich.

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cotterill was delighted as two goals in the last seven minutes earned them a dramatic 3-2 victory over Ipswich.

Cotterill said afterwards: "The stats show that when you score the first goal in this league 82 per cent of the time you don't lose. The stats are huge.

"I told the players afterwards not to under-estimate what they have achieved today.

"It was a game we deserved to win. Our team spirit, togetherness and belief were superb and on top of that we worked really hard.

"When we got back to 2-2 it would have been easy for us to close shop but when you have more than 21,000 cheering you on, we had no option but to go on and try and win it.

"That's what we did and the fans deserve credit for the way they pushed us on in the final minutes of the game. It was a team effort all round. They deserve a big thank you too."

Ipswich boss Paul Jewell said: "Immediately after a game you always stand a chance of saying something that you will regret but certain things had to be said afterwards and I said them.

"At 2-1 we should have been able to see the game out but we were trying to do fancy things when we needed to take the sensible option and just close it out.

"We conceded three bad goals from our point of view but I suppose Forest will look at the goals we scored and think exactly the same.

"I've just been reminded that it is our fourth successive defeat but I am sure the fans who came from Ipswich to watch us this afternoon will have seen that it was a much better performance.

"We played very well in patches and it was a certainly a big improvement on our last game against Doncaster."

 
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