The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Blair Fer­gu­son

IP­SWICH boss Mick McCarthy was elated with the per­for­mance of Mar­tyn Waghorn af­ter he scored one and cre­ated two in the Blues’ win over Not­ting­ham For­est.

For­est drew level twice in the first-half with Ip­swich un­able to hold a lead, but goals af­ter the break from Waghorn and Ber­sant Celina con­tin­ued the Suf­folk side’s rise up the ta­ble.

McCarthy said of Waghorn’s dis­play: “He’s epit­o­mised the per­for­mance to­day af­ter five games in 15 days. He’s been a real thorn in their side and he was fab­u­lous.

“He’s got great aware­ness and he’s clever. His pass to Celina for the fourth was ter­rific. He was on his right foot and he didn’t lash at it or blaze it wide. He’s put it right on a plate.

“He’s bet­ter than I thought he was. Isn’t that nice to be able to say when you sign play­ers?

“It was a par­tic­u­larly pleas­ing per­for­mance, es­pe­cially scor­ing four goals, and the way we de­fended af­ter their sec­ond goal.”

Ip­swich started brightly and their early pres­sure paid off. Waghorn’s low driven free­kick was pushed back into dan­ger by Jor­dan Smith into the path of Cal­lum Con­nolly, who made no mis­take when fin­ish­ing into an empty net.

For­est al­most had a way back into the game ten min­utes later, but Bar­tosz Bialkowski was alert to deny Daryl Mur­phy low to his left, be­fore scram­bling back to­wards the goalline to claw Tyler Walker’s re­sult­ing shot away from dan­ger.

De­spite his goal­keep­ing dis­play, Bialkowski was fi­nally beaten just be­fore the half-hour mark. Kieran Dow­ell lifted a pre­cise left-footed free­kick over the Ip­swich wall from 25 yards, with the ball drop­ping into the bot­tom left sidenet­ting in­side the goal.

The scores were only level for eight min­utes be­fore Do­minic Iorfa started a flow­ing Ip­swich counter-at­tack that had Celina take the ball down the left and make space for the run of Jonas Knud­sen, whose back-post cross was met by the head of Iorfa for the goal.

Ip­swich could only hold their lead for six min­utes be­fore be­ing un­locked by Liam Brid­cutt’s pass. The lofted ball over the top was met in the box by Walker, who ran be­tween the two cen­tre­backs and drove the ball in high at the near post.

For­est’s poor de­fen­sive show­ing was com­pounded by Michael Man­ci­enne gift­ing the ball to Waghorn, who homed in on goal and calmly slid the ball passed Smith into the left cor­ner.

The home side fi­nally man­aged to cre­ate a two-goal cush­ion as Emyr Huws picked out Waghorn’s run into box, with the striker guid­ing the ball across goal into the path of Celina.

For­est have strug­gled for con­sis­tency this sea­son, and man­ager Mark Warburton put this lat­est slip down to sec­ond­half de­fen­sive er­rors.

“We’ve given two soft goals away and come back,” he said. “We said at half-time when we moved the ball we were very dan­ger­ous, and I thought we started the sec­ond half re­ally well.

“Daryl Mur­phy drops his shoul­der and gets onto his right side and a good save from the goal­keeper.

“There were a cou­ple good chances that we missed and I thought we were in con­trol and look­ing dan­ger­ous.

“I was aware Ip­swich had a game in mid­week and had a cou­ple of play­ers miss­ing, but we made calami­tous mis­takes. Sim­ple as that.”

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