A Ben Pringle strike was enough to seal the points for Ipswich Town against Nottingham Forest to get their play-off chase back on track.
The Tractor Boys recorded back-to-wins against Forest and all will be forgotten about their stutter of form at the start of February.
The first half was nothing to shout about as there were very few chances, but Forest came closest when Matt Mills headed onto the bar from a corner.
Forest never really made Bartosz Bialkowski feel uncomfortable throughout the game, and Ipswich punished Dougie Freedman’s side in the 64th minute, with Pringle providing the winner after his effort came off the post to nestle in the back of the net.
The result sees the Tractor Boys stay ninth in the table but now just a point off the play-offs. Ipswich travel to bottom-placed Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night to try and regain their top six place.
Forest’s torrid run continues after losing four games in a row for the first time since December 2011. Freedman’s side remain in 15th despite their loss.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Ashley Williams identifies THREE things that we learned from yesterday’s game…
1) Pringle impact
The Fulham loanee has made an excellent first impression for Mick McCarthy after netting in his second successive game for the club.
Pringle, who also netted the winner in their 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town last weekend, has impressed in his four games since he moved from Craven Cottage.
The midfielder has been brought to the club in the loan window for an initial one month deal, and manager McCarthy will be looking to extend that temporary deal after the impact he has had for the club.
2) Forest’s winless run continues
Manager Freedman will be baffled by Forest’s difference of performances compared to their unbeaten streak at the start of the year.
The club look deflated in confidence since Huddersfield ended their 13 game run, and the Forest boss will be eager to inject some confidence into his side ahead of their clash against Preston North End on Tuesday night.
Part of their problem is their inability to finish in the final third, and Freedman will be looking to end their barren run next week in an attempt to finish the season on a high.
3) Ipswich back on track for the top six
Critics felt that McCarthy’s men ruined their chances of a spot in the top six after having a terrible February in the league.
Two successive wins puts them back in the race as they lie just a point outside of the play-offs after Sheffield Wednesday slipped up to Rotherham United.
The Tractor Boys face Bolton on Tuesday night, however all eyes will be next weekend’s trip to South Wales to clash with fellow play-off contenders against Cardiff City.
It will be a tricky test for the Tractor Boys and a win could prove pivotal on whether McCarthy’s men achieve a play-off spot.
Ipswich and Forest fans… What did you make of the game? What’s going on with Forest at the moment? Can Ipswich make the top six? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!