Nottingham Forest were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw to bottom club Ipswich Town in the Championship.

Collin Quaner put Ipswich in front before a Jon Nolan own goal handed Forest a way back into the contest.

A frustrating afternoon was capped when a perfectly good Daryl Murphy goal was ruled out just prior to the break.

Following the contest, we looked at three things we learned from a share of the Portman Road spoils.

Play-off hopes dwindle

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Saturday 16th March could go down as the day when Forest’s faint play-off hopes died.

With Derby and Bristol City not in action, it was a real chance for the Reds to throw themselves firmly back in the hunt.

It is now going to take a remarkable run between now and the end of the season if Forest are to reach the top-six.

Of course, the players and management will believe that they can still make them, but for supporters, it feels like this setback might consign Championship football for another season.

 

Forest desperately miss Grabban

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Forest look rather toothless in attack without their influential talisman.

Grabban has netted 16-goals this season but has been missing for around a month with an Achilles problem.

The Reds will hope to have him back following the international break and that could be a timely boost ahead of the club’s remaining fixtures.

Creative spark lacking

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Joao Carvalho was once again dropped to the bench for the Ipswich game which meant Forest’s only outlook really was Joe Lolley.

The ex-Huddersfield man can’t do it all on his own.

Every time he got the ball at Ipswich he had three men on him. With Carvalho in the team, he shares the creative burden and links-up well with Lolley.

Forest’s club record signing needs to be playing more often than not if Forest are to begin breaking teams down on the road.