Martin O’Neill saw his Nottingham Forest side’s play-off hopes dealt a further blow as they drew against bottom club Ipswich Town.

The Northern Irishman has seen numerous decisions go against his side since joining the club. It’s something that has been a key factor in the Reds not being able to push themselves into the play-off places.

Daryl Murphy had a goal incorrectly chalked off before half-time against the Tractor Boys. Had it been given, the Reds would’ve gone into the break ahead, and the outcome could’ve been different.

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Admittedly, it was the home side who came closer to securing all three points in the second half. Despite this setback, the Reds remain just three points off the play-offs.

Speaking on the game’s controversial moment, O’Neill told the Nottingham Post: “We had the big talking point before half-time, when we looked as though we had scored a goal.

“The linesman flagged for offside, but it looked to be about two yards onside.

“It is difficult to know how you get that wrong. I am looking at you and we are both thinking about the decisions that have not gone our way previously.

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“It was an important moment of the game, because it was a goal. It is not as if the keeper has made a save or something – it was straightforward.”

 

Excuses

Even though it was a poor decision, the Reds had time left to get themselves in front. With the likes of Derby County and Bristol City not in action, it was an opportunity to get themselves back in contention.

It’s fair to say this never looked like being the case in the second half. This was despite the introduction of João Carvalho, Matty Cash and Karim Ansarifard.

O’Neill admitted his side needed to create more. He said: “We needed to create more in the game and Ipswich did very well, as they have done in recent weeks.

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“In the final 20 minutes, they were almost camped in our half. The draw was probably a fair result.

“We left ourselves open at the back, when we brought on a couple of attacking players. But we were hoping for an opening, while remaining steadfast, hopefully, at the back.

“We took a gamble, we didn’t win the game and, in the end, we needed a couple of really good saves from Pantilimon to keep us in it.”