TROT­TER RE­TURN HAUNTS IP­SWICH

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Stephen Thirkill

NOT­TING­HAM For­est boss Dougie Freed­man in­sists wins will soon come if his side main­tain their be­lief in each other.

It had looked like Ip­swich would take all three points af­ter Jonathan Parr gave his side a 75th-minute lead.

But an in­jury-time goal from debu­tant Liam Trot­ter res­cued a dra­matic point for For­est to claim their sec­ond home draw in a week.

And, de­spite hav­ing failed to win any of their last six games, Freed­man is con­fi­dent a change in for­tune is just around the cor­ner.

“I am happy with our per­for­mance, we have turned zero points into a fan­tas­tic point,” he said.

“We showed great spirit af­ter fall­ing be­hind and have bat­tled right un­til the very end.

“We cre­ated a num­ber of good chances in the first half and could have been 3-0 up at the break, but that is a com­mon theme at the mo­ment.

“It is im­por­tant that we main­tain our high stan­dards of per­for­mance and keep believ­ing in our­selves.

“I am sure that a change in for­tune is around the cor­ner if we keep believ­ing in our­selves. We are on the right path and the wins will come.”

It was the hosts who had started the brighter with Ryan Men­des fir­ing inches wide from a nar­row an­gle on 12 min­utes af­ter For­est caught the vis­i­tors on the break.

Dean Gerken pulled off an ex­cel­lent dou­ble save to deny Trot­ter – signed on loan from Bolton ear­lier in the day – and then Jamie Ward af­ter a pin-point Men­des pass opened up the defence on 29 min­utes.

Oliveira ham­mered a ris­ing ef­fort straight at Gerken seven min­utes later af­ter Men­des’ surg­ing run across the box caused more prob­lems.

Men­des found the side net­ting on 41 min­utes, be­fore shoot­ing wide in in­jury-time as the home side con­tin­ued to look most likely to break the dead­lock.

Ward skied an ef­fort high and wide fol­low­ing good link-up play with Men­des as For­est started the sec­ond half brightly.

It took un­til the 56th minute for Ip­swich to reg­is­ter an ef­fort but Dorus De Vries proved equal to it.

David McGoldrick then saw a goal­bound ef­fort from out­side the box beaten away by De Vries as the Trac­tor Boys fi­nally sprung into life.

And that new con­fi­dence was re­warded on 75 min­utes when sub­sti­tute Parr ri­fled an ef­fort into the top left cor­ner af­ter For­est failed to clear Kevin Bru’s cross.

But it was not be as Ip­swich-born Trot­ter broke the hearts of his home­town club in the fifth minute of in­jury-time.

Jorge Grant’s low shot was cleared off the line and fell invit­ingly into Trot­ter’s path who took his chance with ease, af­ter Gerken fum­bled the ini­tial cross.

Ip­swich boss Mick McCarthy strug­gled to hide his dis­ap­point­ment af­ter watch­ing his side chuck the points away at the death.

“We have got a point and played well but it feels like a de­feat,” McCarthy said. “I am very dis­ap­pointed with the re­sult, we were not re­ally hang­ing on at the end and we should not have let them get the cross away.

“We did well to clear the ball off the line, but it has fallen to Trot­ter. It seems it is just the way things are go­ing at the mo­ment.

“Gerken has been fan­tas­tic for us and he is as dis­ap­pointed as any­one with the goal, but I am cer­tainly not go­ing to point the fin­ger of blame.

“We should have made more of our sec­ond half chances and wrapped the game up, but I am pleased with our over­all per­for­mance.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

HOT TO TROTT: Not­ting­ham For­est’s Liam Trot­ter scores their equaliser af­ter Jonathan Parr had put Ip­swich ahead, in­set

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